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Cranberry Sauce

close up shot of a bowl of Cranberry Sauce with a spoon
Add a bowl of this sweet cranberry sauce to your holiday table for a bright and festive addition to your turkey dinner.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 100 kcal


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • teaspoon ground cloves


  • Combine sugar, water, and juice in a 12-inch saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil.
  • Add cranberries, orange zest, cinnamon stick, and cloves. Heat over medium until the sauce returns to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the sauce thickens and turns deep red. The sauce will thicken further as it cools, so remove from heat as the sauce is approaching jam consistency.
  • Remove from heat and cool cranberry sauce. Remove and discard the cinnamon stick.
  • Transfer to an airtight container and place in the refrigerator to cool completely.


  • If you prefer a slightly more tart cranberry sauce, you can adjust the amount of sugar, adding more or less sugar to suit your tastes.
  • The cranberries can be added to the pot either frozen or thawed. They will thaw pretty quickly while coming to a boil.
  • When serving your cranberry sauce, make sure to put it in a pretty clear glass bowl so you can show off the bright vibrant deep red color of this yummy condiment.


Calories: 100kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 56mgFiber: 2gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 47IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg