Easy homemade cranberry sauce recipe that only takes 4 ingredients and a few minutes to make. The perfect cranberry sauce homemade for the holidays.
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
I received multiple messages from readers that they needed a homemade cranberry sauce because there was a shortage of canned cranberry sauce in their area. Even my sister in law called and asked if I would post the recipe we use to make homemade cranberry orange sauce each year for the holidays.
I am happy to say I finally photographed the process and put together a video showing how easy it is to make your own fresh cranberry sauce. I hope after you make this you won't have to stress about buying the premade jellied cranberry sauce you find in the store.
This recipe takes minutes to prepare and can be made ahead of time! Whip it up a day or two early and store it in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it. Trust me this is easier than it sounds like it is going to be!
All you have to do is gather the ingredients, add them to a sauce pan and simmer...that's it!!!
This is such an easy recipe it can be made in less than 20 minutes. So this is my belated Happy Thanksgiving and I hope this great recipe is one that you love.
The holidays are stressful enough without having to worry about there being a shortage of a holiday dinner staple. Pick up a bag of cranberries and add in a few pantry/refrigerator essentials and you will have a delicious Thanksgiving side dish ready in minutes.
- Fresh cranberries
- Orange Juice
- Granulated Sugar
- Orange Zest
Orange Juice - You can use fresh squeezed or your favorite store bought orange juice.
Air tight storage container.
How to make Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Clean and prep the fresh cranberries. Try to remove any random stems still on the cranberries and check to make sure they look great.
Add orange juice and sugar to a medium to large saucepan, you want there to be room for all of the cranberries. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat so the orange juice and sugar simmer over medium heat.
Add in the cranberries, orange zest, and a pinch of salt. Simmer for 8-12 minutes until the cranberries have burst. Stir the cranberries breaking up additional cranberries if you don't want the sauce chunky.
Let the cranberry orange sauce cool down and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it. The cranberry sauce thickens as it cools.
Garnish with orange zest or candied orange peel.
If you want a chunky cranberry sauce add in ¾ of the bag of cranberries when you are simmering. Add the remaining cranberries right at the end of the simmer time.
If you are not a fan of orange flavor your can change out the orange juice for a cup of water.
Great Holiday Recipes
Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe
- 1 cup sugar
- 12 oz cranberries fresh
- 1 cup Orange Juice
- 2-3 tsp Orange Zest
- Add orange juice and sugar to a medium saucepan. Heat at medium-high heat until the juice starts to simmer.
- Add the cranberries and orange zest and stir together. Simmer for 8-10 minutes until cranberries burst.
- Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.