Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe That Only Takes 15 Minutes!

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cranberry sauceI know what you're going to say: "But cranberry sauce from a can is so easy!" Yes, it is, indeed, very simple to open a tin and slide a gelatinous, red tube onto a porcelain serving dish and slap it on the Thanksgiving table, but folks, newsflash, it's kind of gross. I mean, it tastes OK, but the texture is horrifying, as is the sound it makes when it slithers out of its aluminium hole and plops onto your grandmother's serving dish, who, by the way, just rolled over in her grave. So this year, make this simple and amazing homemade cranberry sauce recipe.

Simple but Amazing Homemade Cranberry Sauce via Savory Sweet Life

Prepare it a few days ahead of time or just 15 minutes before serving.


  • 12 oz bag fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • Optional: 2 oz gold rum


Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and cook on medium-high for 15-20 minutes or until most of the liquid has reduced -- stirring occasionally. You’ll hear the cranberries popping -- don’t worry, that’s what you want them to do. Remove from heat and serve. Cranberry sauce can be made days ahead and brought to room temperature or slightly heated before serving.



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Felip... FelipesMom

We always make homemade cranberry sauce. It's SOOOO easy, I don't see why anyone would opt for the can unless they prefer the taste and texture of the canned stuff (which is very different)!! Ours is made of cranberries, water, and sugar - that's it. 

tiny_... tiny_mama

1 bag cranberries (not the huge bag, the regular bag), 1 cup orange juice, 1 cup sugar, 1/4 tsp cinnamon*, 1/4 tsp nutmeg* (*more or less to taste).. best cranberries ever.

pupuk... pupukeawahine

This recipe sounds almost like ours, except we add some orange zest (finely grated orange peel) from one orange in addition to the juice from the orange, and instead of rum, put in Grand Mariner, which is orange flavored liquor.  Always stir in the alcohol after the dish has cooled down, or most of it will just evaporate.

pupuk... pupukeawahine

Thank you for putting this up and letting people know how easy it is to make cranberries.  We love to cook at our house, people love to come here and eat, and once in a while someone who can't cook, or doesn't cook much will tell one of us how hard it must be to put on a big meal, how much work it is, etc.  Cranberries are so easy, and so good for you (tons of vit. C).  I explained, much like you did, how to do it to a friend.  Now she makes them year round and her kids love them.  I told her to just buy the bags when they go on sale after the holidays and throw them in the freezer, then you can use them year round.  I wish, in particular, that those with fewer financial resources could see how far a bag of cranberries, bag of dried beans, bag of rice, etc. can go and feed so many, and be so much tastier and healthier.

Felip... FelipesMom

thanks pupukeawahine! I am heading out right now to fill my freezer with cranberries! That's brilliant :o)

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