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Homemade, Three Ingredient, 15 minute Cranberry Sauce

Did you know that cranberry sauce is the easiest thing ever to make? No, for real. If you can boil water, you can make this, and you’ll impress your family and friends with your culinary prowess. I love cranberry sauce, but I’ve always purchased/ eaten the canned variety. In my ever-expanding quest to eat whole foods and make everything from scratch, I decided to study up on cranberry sauce-making before Thanksgiving and Christmas this (or last, I guess) year. I perused the internet, got a general feel for the process, then made my own recipe. So here it is, the recipe that has already converted the cranberry sauce-haters in my family into cranberry sauce-lovers (my own husband, included).

cranberry sauce


1 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries (from the produce section)
1 cup sugar
1 cup orange juice (whatever variety you prefer)

1) Add all three ingredients into a sauce pan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.



*Be careful because it WILL boil over if you don’t watch it!

2) Once it boils, stir it and reduce the heat. The cranberries will “pop” and their skins will burst like this:


3) Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.


4) Let cool. Refrigerate until cold, then serve.

You can prep this the day before your event or dinner, and it works perfectly. It stiffens up but doesn’t congeal- you still have chunks of soft cranberry. If you wanted to, you could definitely strain this before serving it, but I didn’t find it necessary because I liked the texture. The citrus gives this such a fresh taste, and it will make you a cranberry sauce fan, I promise! Enjoy!

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  • Reply Laura Uschyk

    I use the same recipe but use maple syrup instead of sugar. Yum!

    November 25, 2015 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply Michelle Belk

    I’ve ALWAYS wanted to make my own cranberry sauce!! I do not like the whole cranberry sauce, I am in complete heaven when I open that can of jelly like stuff!! Yes you can laugh at me!! I swear I have more cranberry sauce than I do dressing/stuffing on my plate!!! But now in the past few years cranberry sauce has gotten pretty expensive!! Nearly $2 a can!! So I was wondering, how much does this recipe make? About how much does it cost to make? And how long can you store it? Thanks so very very much!! Looks YUMMY!!

    October 25, 2016 at 4:31 pm
    • Reply Jessica

      I love the jellied sauce too! This is so much better, though!! It’s only the cost of the cranberries (which are usually on sale for under $3 around the holidays) and the OJ, so it’s very cost effective. It makes a good bit- as much as three cans for sure. It stores well in the fridge for almost a week- if you know how to can, that would be a great option!

      October 25, 2016 at 9:08 pm

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