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Recipe: Simple Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Making Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce from a can is a travesty (A TRAVESTY!) and doesn’t deserve a spot on your holiday table. The only way to go is with fresh cranberries and about 15 minutes of hands-on prep time. It’ll look beautiful and be a great companion to your turkey. (I love it with cornbread dressing!) I never realized I liked cranberry sauce until I tried this one. The canned stuff just really doesn’t do cranberries justice.

Making Cranberry Sauce

Simple Cranberry Sauce

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup sugar


  1. Combine orange juice & sugar in a pot over medium-low heat.
  2. Dissolve the sugar in the juice, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add cranberries and stir.
  4. Heat cranberries until at least half pop & the sauce thickens. (10-15 minutes)
  5. Remove from heat & pour in a dish to cool.
  6. Let it cool to room temperature, then refrigerate.


That’s it! Super simple and you can dress it up with other things (like orange zest!) if you want to be a bit fancy. It’s best to make it the day before and pull it out a while before serving to take the chill off.

My Thanksgiving Dinner, featuring homemade cranberry sauce

Happy holidays!