This easy homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe only takes 15 minutes to make using fresh cranberries, apples, and oranges. It’s bursting with flavor and will compliment your turkey perfectly.

Looking for more Thanksgiving side dishes? Try my Sweet Potato Casserole, Thanksgiving Stuffing, or the Best Homemade Rolls!

A bowl of homemade Cranberry Sauce, ready to be served.

Why I love this recipe:

  • Fresh – Made with fresh cranberries, apples, oranges, and spices, this cranberry sauce tastes flavorful and so fresh!
  • Quick – From start to finish, this sauce is done in just 10 minutes! Plus, you can even make it a few days in advance to make your Thanksgiving easier!
  • Delicious – This fresh cranberry sauce is literally the icing on the cake to my Easy, No-Fuss Thanksgiving Turkey! After putting in effort to make the turkey, canned cranberry sauce should not be allowed! This sauce really takes the whole meal to the next level, and you will never use store-bought again!

Ingredients Needed:

  • Fresh Cranberries – Frozen whole cranberries will also work.
  • Apple
  • Orange
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Sugar – Granulated and Brown
  • Spices: Cinnamon, Cloves, and Sea Salt
  • Water
  • Vanilla Extract
All of the ingredients needed for Cranberry Sauce: fresh cranberries, sugars, apple, oranges, vanilla, apple cider vinegar, and spices.

How to make Cranberry Sauce:

Combine Ingredients: Place all ingredients in a saucepan and stir to combine.

Cranberries, sugars, spices, a grated apple, and the rest of the ingredients needed for fresh cranberry sauce.

Simmer: Cook over medium heat until simmering. Simmer for about 10 minutes, until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and transfer to serving dish to cool completely.

Easy cranberry sauce simmering in a saucepan on the stove.

Serve this easy cranberry sauce at room temperature or chilled, if desired. It can be served warm, but the consistency won’t be as thick, so I recommend at room temperature or chilled.

A spoonful of easy cranberry sauce on top of roasted turkey.

Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions:

To Make Ahead: This is the best cranberry sauce recipe because you can make it a few days before Thanksgiving to make all the cooking easier! Make up to a week in advance and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

To Store: Keep leftover orange cranberry sauce in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

To Freeze: Pour jellied cranberry sauce in an airtight container or freezer safe bag. Place in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

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Recipe

A bowl of homemade Cranberry Sauce, ready to be served.
Cook 10 mins
Total 10 mins
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Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 12 oz bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 small apple , peeled and grated
  • 1 small orange , zest and juice
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar*
  • ¼ cup brown sugar* , packed
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 2/3 cup water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and stir to combine. Cook over medium heat until simmering. Simmer for 5-10 minutes, until slightly thickened, stirring if needed. Remove from heat and transfer to serving dish to cool completely.
  • Serve cranberry sauce at room temperature or chilled, if desired.

Notes

Yield: makes about 2 cups
Sugar: to use a natural sweetener, substitute ½ cup honey or maple syrup for the sugars.
Make Ahead Instructions: This is great to make a few days before Thanksgiving to make all the cooking easier! Make up to a week in advance and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Storage Instructions: Keep leftover orange cranberry sauce in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Freezing Instructions: Pour cranberry sauce in an airtight container or freezer safe bag. Place in the freezer for up to 2 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

Nutrition

Calories: 370kcalCarbohydrates: 95gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 17mgPotassium: 411mgFiber: 11gSugar: 75gVitamin A: 309IUVitamin C: 65mgCalcium: 78mgIron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve been trying to find a good cranberry sauce for years. This one is AMAZING! It’s so quick and simple. The whole family approved.

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe has the perfect punch of tartness to balance out the sweet. It was so yummy slathered all over leftover Turkey and melted Brie sandwiches.