Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe (2024)

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I love cranberry sauce with my Thanksgiving turkey, but sometimes I think the canned version has a little bit of a weird flavor to it from being canned. I decided to try to make my own and it was so fresh and delicious! The orange juice gives it a little bit of a tangy flavor that goes perfectly with turkey.

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Serves: 12 people

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

The orange juice gives it a little bit of a tangy flavor that goes perfectly with turkey.

Prep Time 5 minutes mins

Cook Time 10 minutes mins

Total Time 15 minutes mins


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries


  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar and orange juice and whisk together until sugar is dissolved.

  • Stir in cranberries and cook for about 10 minutes, or until they begin to pop.

  • Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl.

  • Sauce will thicken as it cools.


Calories: 85 kcal · Carbohydrates: 22 g · Protein: 1 g · Fat: 1 g · Saturated Fat: 1 g · Sodium: 1 mg · Potassium: 55 mg · Fiber: 1 g · Sugar: 19 g · Vitamin A: 48 IU · Vitamin C: 12 mg · Calcium: 4 mg · Iron: 1 mg

Recipe Details

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American

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  1. Jeanie says:

    Any idea how long in advance this can be made? Thanks.

  2. Elyse says:

    I made it with the meal, but actually preferred it the next day! I know you can make it at least a day in advance but that is all I have tried!

  3. Laura @ Laura's Baking Talent says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I like cranberries but am sometimes freaked out by the can as well. Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Cyd says:

    I'm sure it would be fine making it 4 days in advance.

  5. bubblegum casting says:

    great post thanks!!!!!

  6. Lisa says:

    Just made it and it made my house smell so good! At first I was a little skeptical because it looked weird, but now as it is cooling it looks delicious! Can't wait to taste it on Thanksgiving!

  7. Debbie says:

    Loved this cranberry sauce!

  8. Cyd says:

    It will work but the taste will be different.

  9. Angela says:

    I always thought that cranberry sauce would taste great with (something) 'orange' mixed into it. This Thanksgiving I was planning to mix in some Mandarin orange segments into my homemade cranberry sauce, but I'll try this recipe instead. It sounds delicious!

  10. Gayle Marie Wilkerson says:

    I have ever kept it up to a week with no problem. I'm sure it would last longer but it was all gone used it on turkey sandwiches. Wonderful just put airtight cover.

  11. Morgan says:

    I make a similar dish but instead of orange juice, I use water and raspberry jello. Sugar-free is fine too. I sometimes add some crushed pineapple. Then you can add a couple tablespoons of sour cream in dollops and let it set up in the fridge. It's odd but amazing.

  12. Vicki Austin says:

    can this exact recipe be made in the IP ? if so what would the cooking time be. Thank you

  13. Camille Beckstrand says:

    I could recommend making this version (it's super similar!) in the Instant Pot: https://www.sixsistersstuff.com/recipe/instant-pot-homemade-cranberry-sauce-recipe/

  14. Momma Cyd says:

    We made it in the Instant pot. https://www.sixsistersstuff.com/recipe/instant-pot-homemade-cranberry-sauce-recipe/

  15. Jeanne Carpenter says:

    Can you use frozen cranberries?

  16. Momma Cyd says:

    We have been using fresh, but if the frozen will "pop" after cooking for about 10 minutes, that should work. You might need to play with the recipe.

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