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Cranberry orange sauce in a ramekin with orange on top

Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce

Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce is an easy homemade cranberry sauce that's tart, sweet and bursting with fresh orange flavor. It's made with just a few ingredients and cooks up in just 15 minutes!

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  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries rinsed and picked through
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • 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. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer about 5 minutes longer, until the berries have all popped.
    How to make cranberry sauce collage 1
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  • 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.
    How to make cranberry sauce collage 2


  • The cranberry sauce may be made in advance and will keep for up to 2 weeks in an air tight container in the refrigerator or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Frozen cranberries may be used in this recipe.  Simply rinse, pick through them, and they're ready to use.
  • Substitute the orange juice with your favorite fruit juice or alcohol such as wine, port or Grand Marnier to change things up!


Serving: 1g, Calories: 101kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 54mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 22g, Vitamin A: 45IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 4mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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