Home » Side Dish » Cranberry Orange Sauce

Cranberry Orange Sauce

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Cranberry Orange Sauce is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving or Holiday table. This recipe for homemade cranberry sauce is easy to make and takes just a few ingredients.

Cranberry sauce is a beautiful combination of tangy, tart and sweet, it pairs perfectly with turkey, ham or even with a slice of cake.

jar of homemade cranberry sauce, filled to the top
Image: Feeding Your Fam

Why We Love Homemade Cranberry Sauce

I don’t know why it began that cranberries became a side dish on the Thanksgiving table, but I am loving it. Cranberry sauce is delicious on top of warm, moist turkey, it just pairs beautifully.

Even beyond the ever popular turkey and cranberry combination, cranberries are also amazing paired with ham and even pork tenderloin. Simply serve this cranberry sauce on the side and allow your guests to add as much as their heart desires.

In addition to topping meats, this sauce is perfect for topping a baked brie or use it in other dessert recipes like this Cranberry Cake.

fresh cranberries, cinnamon sticks, orange zest, sugar in a saucepan to make cranberry sauce
Image: Feeding Your Fam


This orange cranberry sauce takes just 8 simple ingredients to put together. You will need the follow to make cranberry sauce:

  • Sugar– white sugar
  • Water
  • Orange Juice– not from concentrate, fresh squeezed orange juice is best in this recipe
  • Cranberries– fresh or frozen cranberries, I like to keep some in the freezer to make this sauce for the Easter Ham
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Whole Cloves
  • Ground Ginger– I like to use the spice, not fresh ginger, although fresh can be used.

⭐️ Full ingredient measurements and recipe instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

wooden spoon scooping out steaming, homemade cranberry sauce
Image: Feeding Your Fam

Tips for Making Homemade Cranberry Sauce

  • Use Fresh Cranberries– fresh cranberries will add the best flavor, but frozen can be used if fresh cannot be found
  • Cook the Cranberries– start the recipe by boiling together the water, sugar, orange juice, cranberries, cinnamon sticks, ginger and orange zest. Cook until the sugar is dissolved into the liquid and the cranberries begin to pop
  • Control the Temperature– cook the cranberries over medium heat and stir frequently to prevent the sugar from burning on the bottom of the pan
  • Chunky or Smooth– cook the sauce for less time of you want more whole berries in the sauce, if you want it more like jelly, cook longer and blend before chilling
jar filled to spilling over with cranberry orange sauce
Image: Feeding Your Fam

Making Ahead and Storing Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry orange sauce is great for making ahead of when you will be using it. Chill and store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up two weeks. Keep chilled until ready to serve.

This cranberry sauce can also be frozen in an air tight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator at least 24 hours before you will be consuming.

spoon scooping homemade cranberry sauce out of a glass jar
Image: Feeding Your Fam

Other Thanksgiving Favorite Recipes:

If you are looking for other Family Friendly meals or desserts follow along with me on YouTube or Facebook where I share simple recipes to help you with Feeding Your Fam! Make sure to subscribe so you will be notified when a new recipe is shared.

Save the Recipe

Want to save this recipe?

Just enter your email and it will come right to your inbox!
Plus, you’ll get new recipes from us every week!

cranberry sauce in a glass jar
Print Recipe
No ratings yet

Cranberry Orange Sauce

Cranberry Orange Sauce is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving or Holiday table. This recipe for homemade cranberry sauce is easy to make and takes just a few ingredients.
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Servings: 24 tablespoons
Calories: 34kcal


  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup orange juice fresh
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • ½ cup water
  • 12 ounces cranberries fresh or frozen
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 whole cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger


  • Combine sugar, orange juice, water, cranberries, cinnamon sticks, ginger and orange zest in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Continue to cook and stir for 10 minutes until cranberries begin to pop. Remove from heat to leave some of the cranberries whole, if desired. Cook longer for less whole berries.
  • Spoon out the cinnamon sticks and cloves and discard.
  • Sauce will thicken as it cools.


  • Nutrition facts are just an estimate
  • Pour warm sauce into a warm jar, the sauce will continue to thicken as it cools
  • If you want less whole berries in the sauce, you can mash them with a fork or masher or blend in a blender or inversion blender.
  • Store in the refrigerator


Calories: 34kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Course: Condiment, Side Dish
Cuisine: Sauce
Keyword: Cranberry Orange Sauce
Tried this recipe?Please Rate and Leave A Comment Below!

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating