This is our go-to recipe for homemade cranberry sauce. It's simple (just five ingredients!), is lightly sweet without being too sugary and has just the right amount of zesty flavor from orange peel. Plus, it's so easy--it goes from stove to table in just 20 minutes!

Carolyn Casner
Source:, September 2018


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Instructions Checklist
  • Place cranberries, water, sugar, orange peel and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring often, until most of the cranberries have burst, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove the orange peel. Serve at room temperature or chilled.



To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

34.2 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 8.8g 3% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 0.8g 3% DV; sugars 7.2g; fatg; vitamin a iu 13.4IU; vitamin c 3mg 5% DV; folate 0.2mcg; calcium 2.2mg; iron 0.1mg; magnesium 1.4mg 1% DV; potassium 17.3mg 1% DV; sodium 5.3mg; added sugar 6g.

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This recipe is so simple and the orange zest flavor reminds me of my childhood. A classic! Read More