The Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce

The Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce

1 Review
From:, September 2018

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!

Ingredients 16 servings

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  • 1 (12 ounce) bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 1-by-4-inch strips orange peel
  • Pinch of kosher salt


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  1. 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 information

  • Serving size: 2 tablespoons
  • Per serving: 34 calories; 0 g fat(0 sat); 1 g fiber; 9 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 0 mcg folate; 0 cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 6 g added sugars; 13 IU vitamin A; 3 mg vitamin C; 2 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 5 mg sodium; 17 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: ½ other carbohydrate

Reviews 1

November 29, 2019
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By: Penelope Wall
This recipe is so simple and the orange zest flavor reminds me of my childhood. A classic!
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