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Cranberry Orange Sauce
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Cranberry Orange Sauce

This cranberry orange sauce is a combination of tangy, sweet, fresh, and delicious. Serve it warm or cold. Perfect for holiday gatherings!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Chill3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 215kcal
Author: NicoleDurham
Cost: Recipe $2.10/ Serving $0.35


  • 1 large orange, zested (about 2 teaspoons) ($0.86)
  • ¼ cup orange juice ($0.14)
  • 12 oz whole fresh cranberries ($0.99)
  • teaspoon cinnamon ($0.02)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar ($0.09)


  • Zest orange and squeeze juice.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine orange zest, orange juice, cinnamon, and brown sugar until dissolved.
  • Add in cranberries and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes or until thickened.
  • Let cool completely and serve warm, or chill in the fridge for 3 hours before serving.


Recipe Tips

You can mash yours using the backside of a fork or a potato masher if desired. This depends on how you want the texture in this cranberry sauce recipe to become. Less mashing means more whole berries and vice versa.
Also, cranberries naturally thicken liquids so if your cranberry sauce feels runny for whatever reason, continue cooking, and mash a few berries down. That should solve any of those issues.
I like the molasses in brown sugar and how it rounds out the tartness from the berries, but white sugar works great too! 


Homemade cranberry sauce can actually be held in the fridge for up to 2 weeks! Just keep stored in an airtight container in the fridge and use it whenever the mood strikes. This is also good news if you planned on making this cranberry orange sauce recipe in advance of a dinner party.


Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 57.2g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.6g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 5.5mg | Potassium: 62.3mg | Fiber: 3.1g | Sugar: 50.9g | Vitamin A: 2.3IU | Vitamin C: 6.2mg | Calcium: 15.5mg | Iron: 0.3mg