Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce is homemade cranberry sauce that’s tart, sweet and bursting with fresh orange flavor! {GF, VEG, V}

Cranberry orange sauce in ramekin with orange on top

The way people like their cranberry sauce can be as personal as what kind of shampoo they use. There’s the canned jellied variety, or whole berries.  Then there’s fresh cranberry relish, where other fruits like pears or apples are chopped and added.

There are people in my family that feel very strongly about having the canned jellied variety for Thanksgiving.  I’ll serve it, but I won’t eat it because this Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce reflects my favorite way to enjoy cranberry sauce!

Sometimes I’ll make my Cranberry Sauce with Port when I’m feeling extra fancy, but this Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce is my mainstay.

Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce

I love fresh, whole berry cranberry sauce, especially when it’s got a pop of fresh orange flavor from plenty of orange juice and zest.

Cranberry orange sauce in ramekin with orange on top

I also like to add a bit of ground cinnamon and pure vanilla extract.  The cinnamon and vanilla get people wondering why it tastes different — you just can’t quite put your finger on it.

Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce is always great as a condiment for turkey or ham, and is delicious as a spread on turkey sandwiches.

Making your own cranberry sauce couldn’t be easier — we’re talking about 15 minutes of prep and cook time.  The hardest part is definitely the cooling and chilling time, which is several hours or overnight.

Cranberry orange sauce in ramekin with orange on top

Just make it in advance and it will be perfect come serving time!

I love buying bags of fresh cranberries and freezing them until I’m ready to use them.  I just pull them out of the freezer, rinse and pick through them, and they’re ready to go.

The odd thing about my family members that have to have the canned jellied cranberry sauce always eat some of this Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce too.  I guess it’s a nostalgia thing?  All I know is it never lasts long around here.

Making a double batch is always a good idea. 🙂

Spoonful of cranberry orange sauce

More Thanksgiving recipes you’ll love:

Green bean casserole

Pumpkin pie bars

Sweet potato casserole

Roasted turkey 

Roasted turkey breast

Turkey gravy by Food Network

Yukon gold mashed potatoes

Yield: 10 servings

Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce

Cranberry orange sauce in ramekin with orange on top

Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce is eays, homemade cranberry sauce that's tart, sweet and bursting with fresh orange flavor! {GF, VEG, V}

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • (1) 12 ounce bag of fresh, whole cranberries, rinsed and picked through
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Place the sugar, water, and juice in a medium sauce pan and stir over medium heat. Bring to a rolling boil over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Add the orange zest, cranberries and ground cinnamon and stir to combine. Cook about 2-3 minutes until the cranberries begin to pop.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer about 5 minutes longer, until the berries have all popped.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Let stand at room temperature until completely cool (the sauce will thicken as it cools). Cover with plastic wrap or store in an air tight container and chill in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.


  • The cranberry sauce may be made in advance and will keep for up to 1 week in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
  • Place the fresh cranberries in the freezer until you're ready to use them. Rinse, pick through them, and thaw slightly before cooking.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 107Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 24gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.



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