Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

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.

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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!

Like I said, this homemade Cranberry Sauce is easy to make. It is also kind of fun too as you hear the cranberries pop, pop, pop! I remember making cranberry sauce from scratch the first time and wondering what that sound was as I washed dishes in the sink. 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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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.

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. 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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Here are a few other tasty dishes to serve alongside this Cranberry Sauce for your holiday table:

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Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Yield: 8

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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 to 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.

Originally published November 18, 2014.