Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Hi all. How was your Thanksgiving weekend? The weather was beautiful in CT. While it was just the four of us we went all out on the food. Mr. SB ended up roasting the turkey in our rotisserie oven. It was delicious. I think I also perfected my home made stuffing. The girls and Mr. SB commented on the crisp aspect. While I love Thanksgiving dinner, there is often a lack of diversity in texture so a bit of crunch is unexpected and welcome. I feel the same way about fresh cranberry sauce.

Homemade cranberry sauce balances the meal

With so many rich sauces and flavors, the acidity in the cranberries really balances the rest of the meal. Fresh holiday cranberry sauce is also perfect for Christmas. The deep red of the cranberries complements any festive meal.

Are cranberries good for you?

I adore cranberries so I was thrilled to learn that they are full of antioxidants. In fact, they are one of the top ten antioxidant foods! Interesting fact too – cranberries have been harvested in North America for over 500 years.

Good for you and delicious? All the more reason to make fresh homemade holiday cranberry sauce. Here is my very quick and delicious recipe.

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Fresh Homemade Holiday Cranberry Sauce

Homemade cranberry sauce is so easy to make that you will never even think of buying a can of cranberry again! Cranberry sauce adds a delicious tartness to any meal and the crimson color is perfect for holiday entertaining. Orange juice adds some zest and depth of flavor.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas, Cranberry, Holiday, Thanksgiving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 1/2 cup servings
Calories: 51kcal
Cost: $3


  • Heavy bottom sauce pan


  • 1 12 oz Fresh cranberries Rinsed. Remove any damaged berries.
  • 1/2 cup sugar I use organic cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Combine sugar, orange juice and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil; add cranberries, return to boil. Reduce heat and boil gently for 10 minutes, stirring every once in awhile. Cool at room temperature. Refrigerate until serving time.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 51kcal