Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

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When it comes to preparing the traditional holiday meal, Homemade Cranberry Sauce has got to be the easiest, if not most colorful, dish to prepare. It only requires five ingredients and comes together in no time!

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This homemade Cranberry Sauce recipe only requires five ingredients (and one of them is water) to make this perky festive dish to perfectly complement your turkey. But I have to say, even though it is meant to be one of turkey’s favorite partners (along with gravy) this Cranberry Sauce is an excellent addition to ice cream, pound cake, or drizzled over pancakes. Talk about the perfect use for all of those Thanksgiving leftovers!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce 

Like I said, this homemade Cranberry Sauce is incredibly easy to make. It is also a bit of fun as you hear the cranberries pop, pop, pop! I remember the first time I made this sauce from scratch and wondered what the sound was as I was washing dishes nearby. I kept returning to the stove to figure out if something was wrong with my stove or pan, until it finally dawned on me that it was the cranberries heating up. So be sure to have the kids (safely) close by so they can hear the cranberries talk!

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What to serve with cranberry sauce 

As I mentioned before, Cranberry Sauce is super easy to make and can be made ahead of serving time by a day or two. Before serving, bring the sauce to room temperature or rewarm if you prefer to serve it warm. It sure does make holiday meals easy when any dish can be prepared ahead of time.

This delicious sauce pairs well with my Mayonnaise Roasted Turkey. Another addition that I love having along with the sauce and the turkey is this Sweet Potato Casserole and Sausage and Mushroom Stuffing

How to make cranberry sauce

  1. To make this colorful sauce, bring sugar, water, and orange juice to a boil in a saucepan. Add the cranberries and a bit of cinnamon, then bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes.
  2. The sauce will thicken up nicely. Allow to cool before serving or refrigerating. It’s so easy I don’t know why we don’t make Cranberry Sauce all year long!

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Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe in a bowl with spoon inside

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This colorful traditional holiday side dish is quick to make with only a few simple ingredients.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 12-ounces fresh cranberries (frozen may be substituted)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Bring sugar, water and orange juice to a boil in a medium saucepan.
  2. Add cranberries and cinnamon. Bring to a simmer and cook stirring occasionally for about 10-15 minutes, until sauce thickens.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Makes about 2 1/4 cups.

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Originally published November 18, 2014.