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homemade cranberry sauce in a serving dish with orange slices, fresh cranberries, and cinnamon sticks for garnish

Simple Cranberry Sauce

April King
This simple Cranberry Sauce is made with fresh cranberries, vanilla, and sweetened with orange juice and sugar. This cranberry sauce recipe tastes so much better than store bought, and takes less than 20 minutes to prepare. It's easy, flavorful, and a perfect side dish to your holiday gatherings.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Course Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 177 kcal


  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 12 oz. bag of fresh cranberries
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 large piece of orange peel


  • In a medium saucepan bring orange juice and sugar to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Add salt, vanilla, fresh cranberries, cinnamon stick, and orange peel.
  • Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until most cranberries have burst, stirring frequently. This takes about 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and allow cranberry sauce to cool completely.
  • Once sauce has cooled, place cranberry sauce into a serving bowl, cover and place in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • You can also serve your homemade cranberry sauce, slightly warm, at room temperature, or even chilled. Enjoy!


*Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on Modernmealmakeover.com should only be used as a general guideline.


Calories: 177kcalCarbohydrates: 44.7gFat: 0.1gSodium: 25.4mgPotassium: 130.8mgFiber: 2.5gSugar: 36.7gVitamin A: 4.8IUVitamin C: 34.3mgCalcium: 5.6mgIron: 1.3mg
Keyword Homemade Cranberry Sauce, Simple Cranberry Sauce
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