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Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Orange

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Looking for the best way to serve cranberries on Thanksgiving? My Homemade Cranberry Sauce recipe with orange juice is the bomb! You will never eat the can version again! For more great recipes see my Recipe Index page.


Cranberry sauce is a classic Thanksgiving dish that can be made in minutes with just a few ingredients. This homemade version uses orange juice to give it a bright, flavorful taste.

Like some of you, for years, I used the can cranberry sauce version. Yes, I admit it and I’m not proud of it. The can was an easy option for me because I never really liked cranberry sauce. Well, that’s all changed. Homemade cranberry sauce is so much better than the sour can version. Its fruity, fresh crisp taste is a must-try!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Orange

Making cranberry sauce from scratch is super simple. It tastes so tangy and fresh. Unlike the weird “gel in a can” stuff, I grew up on. I think I never cared for it because of the can! This is our new go-to recipe for this zesty Thanksgiving side dish.

Other Cranberry Sauce Variations to Try:

  • Add half orange juice and half pineapple juice
  • Add in fruity Liquors like Grand Marnier
  • Add lemon zest or orange zest to kick up the flavor

Wow, your guests with this yummy side for the big day!

MAKE AHEAD: Place them in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. 
FREEZER: Place in an airtight container or freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months.

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Orange Juice!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce from fresh cranberries and orange juice for a yummy zing!
Servings: 8 people
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Calories: 107


  • 1 12 oz bag Cranberries
  • ¾ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup Orange Juice


  • Add orange juice and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Heat until the sugar is dissolved, then add the cranberries.
  • Boil until the cranberries start to pop, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and place sauce in a bowl and refrigerate to cool.
  • Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.


This is a great side to make ahead so it has enough time to cool off. We like ours chilled so we keep it refrigerated until ready to serve.
There are lots of options to add to this recipe to tweak the flavor. Try splitting the orange juice with half pineapple juice. Add lemon or orange zest for extra flavor or try a fruity liquor, like Grand Marnier for a nice kick.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 99mg | Sugar: 23g | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition info provided is only an estimate. See my nutrition disclaimer for more info on how the data is collected for recipes.

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