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Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Orange Juice

This delicious homemade cranberry sauce recipes uses the flavor of oranges to sweeten the bright flavors. Move over turkey, this easy cranberry sauce recipe is sure to be the hit of the Thanksgiving table!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy recipe, holiday recipe, Thanksgiving,


  • 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (12 ounce bag)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup water


  • In a medium saucepan, combine the cranberries, white and brown sugars, cinnamon and salt.
  • Cover with orange juice and water, stir to combine. If you prefer a sweeter sauce, add more sugar or a drizzle of honey.
  • Bring mixture to slight boil, turn the heat down and simmer for 10-15 minutes (cranberries should 'pop') or until desired consistency. You can use a potato masher to gently mash the cranberries slightly while the sauce is still warm if you prefer a finer texture as opposed to the 'whole berry' consistency.
  • Spoon mixture into a serving bowl or airtight container to store until ready to serve. Let cool completely before serving.
  • You can make this ahead and store in the fridge for 2-3 days before serving if desired.