The Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce


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!

Prep Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
2 tablespoons


  • 1 (12 ounce) bag fresh cranberries

  • 1 cup water

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 2 1-by-4-inch strips orange peel

  • Pinch of kosher salt


  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 Facts (per serving)

34 Calories
9g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Serving Size 2 tablespoons
Calories 34
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 7g
Added Sugars 6g 12%
Protein 0g 0%
Vitamin A 13IU 0%
Vitamin C 3mg 3%
Folate 0mcg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Magnesium 1mg 0%
Potassium 17mg 0%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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