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Cranberry Sauce Recipe
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5 from 2 votes

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.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Course: Sauces, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 bowl
Calories: 541kcal
Author: Elle John


  • 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: 541kcal | Carbohydrates: 140g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 274mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 114g | Vitamin A: 204IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg