This fresh Cranberry Sauce recipe is made with just a few ingredients and so good! Fresh cranberries, orange juice, sugar, vanilla, and orange zest. Perfect for the holiday season to accompany turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. This easy recipe takes 10 minutes!

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cranberry sauce


I’m not a fan of cranberry sauce in the can so I thought maybe making it from scratch would change my mind. It did! The orange with the cranberry compliment each other so much and it’s way better than the canned stuff.

I’ve never thought of cranberry sauce as a must at my Thanksgiving table but now I do.

cranberries in a bowl


This delicious homemade cranberry sauce is made with basic ingredients you can find at the grocery store.

  • whole cranberries
  • white sugar – you can adjust the amount of sugar to your personal preference.
  • fresh orange juice
  • orange zest – For stronger orange flavor use more orange zest.
  • vanilla
  • nutmeg
  • cinnamon cranberries in a bowl


Yes. You can make this up to one week ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the fridge.


This perfect cranberry sauce is great on leftover turkey sandwiches.


Cranberry Sauce

5 from 4 votes
This homemade cranberry sauce recipe is a must at your Thanksgiving meal or holiday table. This cranberry relish has a little cinnamon and orange peel which make it the perfect complement to your Thanksgiving day. Way better than a can of cranberry sauce.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 12 ounce bag fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar, (or less sugar to taste)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch cinnamon and nutmeg


  • In a medium saucepan, bring all of the ingredients to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes over medium-high heat or until cranberries burst. Let cool. Chill in the fridge until serving. Store leftover cranberry sauce in an airtight container in the fridge.
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cranberry sauce