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Thanksgiving dinner on a white plate

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 45 min
  • Yield: makes 3 cups 1x


Sweet and tart with some citrusy tang, this easy homemade cranberry sauce is heavenly on a holiday dinner plate and is a simple side to prepare ahead of time!


  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries (about 3 cups)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (juice from 3 to 4 oranges)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 piece of orange peel, about 1/2-inch wide and 3 inches long (just shave a little off with a knife)


  • Add the cranberries, orange juice, water, and sugar to a medium to large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir to combine.
  • Add the salt, cinnamon, and orange peel.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer, and reduce the heat to medium.
  • Simmer, stirring often, for 10 to 12 minutes or until most of the cranberries have popped. The mixture will thicken.
  • Let the mixture cool for 30 minutes, and then remove the orange peel and cinnamon stick.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature, or cover and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.
  • This can be made up to 3 days ahead of time.


  • I have found no difference between using fresh and frozen berries -- just use what you can find!
  • If you like your cranberry sauce very sweet you can add an additional 1/4 cup of sugar when you add the sugar.
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Category: side
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American

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