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Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Orange Juice

If you're in search of a last minute side dish for Thanksgiving, give my easy cranberry sauce a try. This tasty little side dish uses just 4 ingredients and comes together in under 30 minutes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fresh cranberry sauce recipe, homemade cranberry sauce, how to make cranberry sauce with orange juice
Servings: 8 about 2 cups
Calories: 243kcal
Author: Lori @ www.AReinventedMom.com



  • 2 12 ounce bags fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup orange juice fresh-squeezed is great if you have it
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 orange zested


  • Rinse the cranberries, picking out any duds and little twigs.
  • Zest the surface of the orange (I use a microplane zester for this task).
  • Using a large pot, combine the sugar, orange juice and water.  Bring to a boil.
  • Carefully add the fresh cranberries and orange zest.  Return to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat and gently boil for about 10 minutes (or until the cranberries pop open).
  • For a chunkier sauce:  mash the berries with a potato masher until desired consistency.
  • For a smoother sauce:  push the sauce through a fine mesh strainer.
  • Allow sauce to cool before storing in the refrigerator.


  • I store my cranberry sauce in Mason jars in the refrigerator for 10-14 days.


Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 55g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 22.9mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.3mg