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Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Make this cranberry sauce recipe on the stove. When you make it homemade with fresh cranberries, the taste is out of this world!

One of my favorite holiday recipes to share with my family is cranberry sauce. When you make it homemade, it has a rich, vibrant taste that will impress everyone at your table. This recipe is so sweet, everyone will be asking for more.

A freshly made bowl of homemade cranberry sauce with a close up of a heaping spoonful. Displayed beautifully on a red plaid table covering and slices of oranges.

Cranberry Sauce Ingredients

The entire recipe – along with exact measurements of the ingredients – are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. First, I want to share some tips about each step to help you learn how to make fresh cranberry sauce at home.

For this recipe, I used a bag of fresh cranberries. Believe me, fresh is always best when it comes to cranberries. However, if you can’t find fresh ones, you can use frozen cranberries too. Just allow them to thaw before you cook them.

For the sugar, I used a combination of both brown and white sugar. This is not a diet food! This combination will give the sauce a sticky-sweet texture that reminds you of dessert.

Allspice is a really easy way to add flavor to it. The best substitute for allspice is equal parts cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

Finally, use fresh orange. Fresh-squeezed orange juice will make your cranberry sauce taste so vibrant! Plus, you’ll need the outside of the orange for the orange zest.

Individual bowls of cranberry sauce ingrediants including cranberries, orange juice and sugar.

How To Make Fresh Cranberry Sauce With Orange Juice

I personally think that the orange juice and zest makes the entire thing have a deeper flavor profile. You will love how this tastes! Follow the steps in the recipe card at the bottom of this post to make your own cranberry sauce.

First, here are a few tips.

Rinse Fresh Cranberries

Before you start cooking with them, go through your cranberries. Rinse them off and throw out all the bad ones. You don’t want to cook with bad fruit.

Stir Sugar Mixture Frequently

Don’t let your sugar mixture burn. It’s important to stir this part very frequently to prevent it from burning on the bottom of the pan.

Keep Stirring Until Cranberries Split Open

You will know they are cooked perfectly when the cranberries split open and the sauce only has a few minor lumps in it. As they pop, they might spit or spray from the pan. This is normal, you don’t have to turn down the heat.

 

In a pot on the stove top combine sugar with the orange juice.

Orange Zest Is Optional

Even though the orange zest is optional, I suggest you use it. It gives it a tasty and zesty flavor.

Let Them Cool Before You Serve Them

Since you just made it on a hot stove, this is going to be very hot! Let it cool down for at least half an hour before you serve it.

Slowly add cranberries into the post with orange juice.

How To Store Fresh Cranberry Sauce

You can keep this sauce in your refrigerator in an airtight container. It will last about 5 days in the refrigerator.

Keep stirring cranberries until they split.

How To Serve Cranberry Orange Sauce

There are so many different ways you can serve this classic dish. Here are some of my favorite ideas:

  • Dish it on top of turkey breast
  • Drizzle it on a slice of warm bread or toast
  • Dip crackers into the sauce
  • Add it on top of brie and serve as an appetizer or snack

 

Stir with a whisk or wooden spoon until the cranberries have split open and the sauce only has a few small lumps. This takes around 15-20 minutes. Stir frequently so they don’t burn to the pan.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Here’s the entire recipe in the printable recipe card. Don’t forget to pin this post so you can find it later!

Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Learn how to make sweet cranberry sauce on your stove.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry sauce
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 256kcal

Equipment

  • Colander
  • Sauce pan

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • orange zest

Instructions

  • Rinse off the cranberries in a colander and throw out any bad ones.
  • Use a medium size sauce pan and pour in the orange juice, water, brown sugar, and white sugar.
  • Stir with a whisk or wooden spoon until the cranberries have split open and the sauce only has a few small lumps. This takes around 15-20 minutes. Stir frequently so they don’t burn to the pan.
  • Sprinkle in orange zest to taste. Add in the all spice and stir.
  • Let the sauce cool for 30 minutes – 1 hour. Serve on warm bread, turkey, or crackers.

Notes

  • The cranberries will spray as the pop from the heat. This is completely normal.
  • You can swap the allspice for cinnamon or nutmeg if you want.
  • The orange zest is optional but gives it a tasty zesty flavor.
  • It’s fine to add more sugar depending on preferences to make it sweeter.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 113IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg

Step by step photos of how to make fresh cranberry sauce.

More Holiday Recipes

Looking for more things to make for your holiday meals? Try one of these – they are my favorites!

 

A freshly made bowl of homemade cranberry sauce with a close up of a heaping spoonful. Displayed beautifully on a red plaid table covering and slices of oranges.

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Hi, I’m Susan! Thanks for stopping by Oh My! Creative. I like to have fun, make fun things…you know, create stuff! I love DIY, decorating and design and like any girl…shopping and lunch!
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