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Top view of white bowl filled with homemade cranberry sauce next to oranges.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Making your own Homemade Cranberry Sauce is extremely easy and requires only a few ingredients. It can also be done in advance to your holiday meal.
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 Servings
Calories 104kcal
Author Katie


  • 12 oz. bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup White Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon zest of orange optional


  • 1. Rinse and drain the fresh cranberries. Pick off any stems or any bad berries. Then place them in a large sauce pan. Pour in 1 cup of orange juice, granulated sugar, and orange zest.
  • 2. Mix well and then cook on medium-high heat for 5 minutes until the cranberries come to a boil. (As the liquid starts to heat the cranberries will begin to make a "popping" noise. This is totally normal!) Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes, stirring often until the berries are cooked down and the liquid has thickened.
  • 3. Once the cranberries are done cooking. Remove from the heat, mix well and let sit un-covered for 30 minutes. The sauce will naturally thicken. Enjoy immediately or transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg