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Fresh Cranberry Sauce Recipe

This cranberry sauce is the perfect combination of tart and sweet. Fresh cranberries are sweetened with light brown sugar for a slight caramel flavor, and brightened with orange zest and juice.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry sauce
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 110kcal
Author: Grow a Good Life


  • 3 cups fresh cranberries one 12 ounce bag
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large oranges zested and juiced (about 1 cup of juice)


  • Add the cranberries, sugar, orange juice, and orange zest to a small saucepan. Stir to combine.
  • Bring the pan to a boil over medium-high heat, and then reduce to a simmer, and cook until the cranberries burst, and the sauce thickens, about 15 minutes. Stir frequently to prevent sticking.
  • Remove the cranberry sauce from the heat and let it cool to room temperature. Place in a jar and refrigerate to chill before serving.
  • Cranberry sauce can be made in advance and refrigerated for up to 1 week, or frozen for up to a month.


Make Ahead Cranberry Sauce: Cranberry sauce can be made in advance. Follow the recipe, and store in the refrigerator for up to one week, or freeze up to a month.


Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Fiber: 1g