Easy Cranberry Sauce Recipe

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Today I’m sharing the Easiest Cranberry Sauce Recipe EVER.  I promise!

Easy Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Seriously, if you think you cannot cook- you totally CAN.  Cranberry sauce is just about the easiest thing to make, and I’m not even kidding.  I grew up on the canned stuff- the jellied canned stuff if you want to get specific.  I actually loved it.  I loved eating little bites of the gelatinous blob on my plate, and I loved slicing it to add to “next-day” turkey sandwiches too.  Nowadays, the cranberry sauce they sell in the can tastes a lot like the can to me.  It’s funny how you can detect things like that when you begin to make more recipes from scratch.  Here’s the (very simple) way to make basic, delicious cranberry sauce:

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1.  Cranberries in the pan.

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2.  Add orange juice (if you take the time to freshly squeeze your orange juice, that’s the best way to do it).

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3.  Add sugar.

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4.  Stir and bring to a boil…

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… until the cranberries begin to pop and break down.  The mixture will begin to thicken, and it will thicken more when it has a chance to sit too.

Easiest Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe Ever - RecipeGirl.com

See?  Easy!  There really isn’t any excuse for buying the cans this year.  Try it homemade.

Do you make your own cranberry sauce?  Do you have a secret method or ingredient that you like to add to your recipe?  Let us know!

Easy Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Yield: About 2 cups

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 10 min


One 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries (about 3 cups)
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 cup granulated white sugar


1. In a medium saucepan, combine the cranberries, orange juice and sugar. Bring to a boil. Continue to boil until the cranberries begin to pop and break down. Simmer until slightly thickened. It will thicken more when left at room temperature or refrigerated. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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  • Jack Shannon wrote:

    Made this last year and will be making it again this year.
    I have 4 bags and will be canning 2 of them when finished.
    Thanks for making it so easy for us.

  • Cindie wrote:

    I am making Thanksgiving dinner for the Family this year. First time any of us are going to try this, and this look like a really good recipe. But, how many people are it for? Would hate to make too little.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      The recipe makes two cups- so it all depends how much you want. My family LOVES cranberry sauce, so I always double the recipe so we have plenty!

  • Mary K. Wessling wrote:

    Been making this same recipe for years, YUM!!

  • Geraldine wrote:

    Yes you may use dried cranberries,I did and it was delicious,also I used navel oranges with pulp..Yum yum!!

  • Jane wrote:

    I can ony get dried cranberries in a packet. Can they still be ued for cranberry sauce?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I don’t think so…