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Confession Time: I never ate Cranberry Sauce growing up. I remember the first time I saw it at a holiday dinner. It was sitting there all gelatinous in a serving dish, still shaped like the can. Total palate turn-off. I’m sure that’s why I never tried it.

Side shot of cranberry sauce in small white scalloped bowl.

While getting our menu for our first holiday meal together Rudy asked why Cranberry Sauce wasn’t on the menu. I was like, “You like that stuff?” He and my stepsons just looked at each other like, “Is she for real?” So I tried it. It was okay. It was nice to have something sweet to offset all the savory flavors. I just wasn’t too sure about the GLOOP sound it made sliding out of the can and into its presentation. So this year I decided to make my own homemade. I feel better knowing where it came from. And you know what? It’s super-delicious! And you know what else? It is soooooo easy to make. Takes like no time at all and has only 5 ingredients.

Overhead shot of cranberry sauce in small white scalloped bowl and a spoon in it. Cranberries scattered around in the background.

This Cranberry Sauce recipe is for those who love it and also for those like me, who (used to) think it’s just okay. Either way, you’re gonna be wowed by this! Give it a try!

p.s. This goes great with my Mushroom Stuffing!

Overhead shot of cranberry sauce in white scalloped bowl. Spoon next to it.

Easy Cranberry Sauce

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup freshly-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 12 oz cranberries
  • 1 tsp orange zest


  1. Add the water, orange juice, and sugar to a sauce pan and bring to a boil.

  2. Add the cranberries and stir. Reduce heat to medium high.
  3. Let cranberries cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

  4. Remove from heat and cool completely before serving or refrigerating.

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