Home » Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

by Dana Bean, RD

The perfect combination of tart and sweet, this cranberry sauce is a holiday must-have and can be made ahead of time!

Cranberry Sauce

Tart and sweet cranberry sauce for the holidays!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Keyword: holiday, sauces


  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 12 oz bag cranberries, washed


  • Add water, orange juice, sugar, and brown sugar to a small pot on medium high heat. Bring to a boil and add cranberries.
  • Reduce heat to medium low and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring and smashing cranberries occasionally with the back of the spoon.
  • Allow to cool and set for 30 minutes or enjoy immediately.

Simple Cranberry Sauce

Not too much fuss here! We’re just bringing most ingredients to a boil, adding the cranberries, and waiting for them to boil until cooked enough. I love this cranberry sauce since it’s the perfect amount of sweet and tart.

cranberry sauce in a bowl with spoon

Make it Ahead of Time!

For a big feast, I love prepping as much as I can ahead of time so the day of is less stress. This cranberry sauce is so easy to make ahead and then keep in the fridge for 3-5 days. When the holiday meal comes around, simply heat in a saucepan or the microwave and enjoy! And if you have leftover? Use it in this Turkey Sandwich with Cranberry recipe!

cranberry sauce landscape photo


Orange Juice: a staple in many cranberry sauce recipes, the orange juice adds sweetness while complimenting the cranberry flavor with citrus!

Sugars: Since the cranberries themselves are so tart, we’re adding some sugar to balance this out

Cranberries: the star of the show! A typical 12 oz bag works great in this recipe. Don’t forget to give them a wash before adding them to the pot.

You may also like

No Guilt Nutrition Logo


Follow Along

Copyright 2023 All Right Reserved