Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Easy, flavorful and perfect for your next holiday gathering this Homemade Cranberry Sauce is our go to recipe with minimal ingredients and time!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

The holidays are coming up quickly, can you believe it?! I’m still sitting here wishing was summer and it’s making me super sad because although I love this time of year, I cannot stand the cold.

But fall and winter are such fun times because they bring the holidays and all the best types of food. Comfort food is my favorite and sometimes just having an nice bowl of comfort in front of a fire on a cool day is what the doctor ordered.

So this Homemade Cranberry Sauce is a classic recipe, one that we have been making for years and never usually stray from.

Cranberry Sauce Homemade

Gone are the days of the canned cranberry sauce because let me tell you something, homemade cranberry sauce is super super super easy to make and takes less than 30 minutes.

I don’t know about you, but I love cranberry sauce and it is the one side that is served at all of our holiday gatherings this time of year, doesn’t matter if it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas the stuff graces our table.


  • Sugar
  • Orange juice
  • Cinnamon
  • Cranberries
  • Water
  • Salt

Look at that 6 ingredients you guys! How can you say no! Plus it isn’t hard to find bags of cranberries in the stores, they usually start popping up in early October so you can enjoy this stuff well into the beginning of fall.

This cranberry sauce recipe is not too sweet, not too tart but is perfectly in the middle. Sometimes the bite of that cranberry can add a little zing to your tongue and I’ll be the first one to admit that that isn’t what I’m looking for when it comes to my cranberry sauce recipes.

We like the sweetness added from the sugar and the orange juice. The cinnamon in the recipe really helps pull all the flavors together and make it really feel just that much more festive.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe


  • In medium saucepan add your sugar, orange juice, cinnamon, cranberries, water and salt and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Let simmer for about 15-20 minutes until you hear and see the cranberries popping and stir occasionally until they stop popping and mixture starts to thicken slightly.
  • Remove from heat and pour into a serving bowl and cover and refrigerate until chilled.

How can you not love this easy and delicious recipe?

Seriously though! I’ve been trying to provide you with a variety of easy recipes lately because we’ve been so busy since school started that I think a lot of my readers can relate.

How to make homemade cranberry sauce

Some other deliciously easy and festive holiday sides:

Homemade Cranberry Sauce is one holiday side dish that won’t disappoint and trust me when you make homemade cranberry sauce recipe for the first time you will feel pretty darn proud of yourself, at least that was how I felt when I did it!

We grew up with the cans of jellied cranberry sauce and it always turned me off and I never would eat it because it just looked so weird

Once I started cooking on my own and learning the ease of some recipes and how flavors matched together everything just started to happen naturally.

I started making things that we used to just buy from the store all on my own and they have always been the ones requested most at our gatherings.

Cranberry Sauce

If you want that simple side dish that is a classic for your next holiday party this Cranberry Sauce recipe is your go-to easy and delicious dish that you have to bring along!

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5 from 6 votes
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
30 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Easy, flavorful and perfect for your next holiday gathering this Homemade Cranberry Sauce is our go to recipe with minimal ingredients and time!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 97 kcal
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 12 oz bag cranberries
  1. In medium saucepan add your sugar, orange juice, water, cinnamon, cinnamon stick, salt and cranberries.
  2. Over medium high heat bring to a simmer until cranberries start to pop and continue stirring occasionally for about 15-20 minutes until slightly thickened and popping stops.
  3. Pour into serving dish and cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 97
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 98mg 4%
Potassium 41mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 23g
Protein 0g 0%
Vitamin A 0.8%
Vitamin C 12.5%
Calcium 1%
Iron 0.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Easy Cranberry Sauce

Easy, flavorful and perfect for your next holiday gathering this Homemade Cranberry Sauce is our go to recipe with minimal ingredients and time! #cranberry #thanksgiving #christmas #orange #sidedish #cranberries

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