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Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Cranberry Sauce Recipe With Fresh Cranberries

This Thanksgiving, ditch the can and make your cranberry sauce from scratch! It's easier than you think, and the result is a brighter, fresher-tasting sauce that will elevate your holiday meal.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Sauces, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 1 bowl
Calories 541 kcal


  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries or frozen cranberries
  • ½ cup white sugar or brown sugar
  • ½ cup water


  • Start by rinsing 12 ounces of fresh cranberries and picking out any stems or leaves.
  • Add the cranberries to a saucepan along with ½ cup of water.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Next, add ½ cup of sugar and stir until dissolved. Lower the heat to low and cook for 5 more minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.
  • Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  • Transfer to a serving dish and enjoy!


  • Adding orange juice to the cranberry sauce recipe adds a delicious citrus flavor. If you want to try this variation, replace the ½ cup of water with ½ cup of fresh orange juice and garnish the sauce with some orange zest.


Calories: 541kcalCarbohydrates: 140gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 14mgPotassium: 274mgFiber: 12gSugar: 114gVitamin A: 204IUVitamin C: 48mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Cranberry Sauce, Cranberry Sauce Recipe
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