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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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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


  • Colander
  • Sauce pan


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


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