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Recipe: Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This recipe is so easy, and is so vastly better than the canned version, that you must try it! We love this sauce!!!

cranberry sauce originally uploaded by sean dreilinger on Flickr

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce


  • 1 lb Cranberries
  • 1-2 C Sugar (we use 1 cup, as we prefer a more tart sauce)
  • 1/2 C Water
  • 1/2 C Fresh Orange Juice
  • 2 t Grated Orange Zest
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick


1. Cook all of the ingredients together in a pan, over medium heat, until most of the cranberries pop open and the sauce becomes thickened to your taste (7-12 minutes).

2. Let cool and refrigerate. Will improve with flavor if made the day before you serve it.

Makes 3 cups. Can be served as a beautiful side garnish for holiday meals, or is great over vanilla ice cream!

My  Birthday Meal - 100% Homemade & Local

Top photo “wild cranberries” by theogarver

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8 comments to Recipe: Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

  • Thanks for this post – I love fresh cranberry sauce! What a revelation after growing up on canned.

    Here’s a recipe for a variation that I posted a few weeks ago:

    Viva the cranberry….

  • Milkweed, very interesting recipe – I look forward to trying it – I’m intrigued by the addition of ginger!

  • Joy

    I can’t wait to try this! I just ordered organic cranberries!

  • monica

    I never thought to put spices like cinnamon or ginger. My brother lives in Boston (they have cranberry bogs like we grow wheat! huge bogs of berries) He says that they have to “pop” to release the natural pectin within the berry.

  • Joy, Enjoy!! This seems to be a popular Google search, so I’m guessing others are enjoying it, too.

    Monica, Aha – I was wondering about that – of course! That makes it gel! : ) Thanks for that – I would be that bog is beautiful around picking time?

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  • Anna

    I usually make a very similar sauce, except with 1/3 to 1/2 c honey instead of sugar, and a whole orange – zested, then peeled, seeded if necessary, and chopped – instead of orange juice. There’s enough liquid that water isn’t necessary, the honey adds flavor, and the orange chunks add texture.

  • Pamela Condila Lacy

    I just told my husband that I would love for us to make a homemade cranberry sauce for the holidays. I remember my grandmothers homemade cranberry sauce, there is a special ingrediant she uses that taste really, we don’t know what it is, because she won’t tell us for she says its a secret that will never be let out to anyone, but it was the best, usually we buy gelliton cranberry sauce for the holidays, but I like the homemade better. Due to my husband is romanian, he has never tried homemade cranberry sauce, this is reason why I love to make homemade cranberrry sauce for the holidays, thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

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