Classic Cranberry Sauce Recipe - This cranberry sauce recipe is a classic holiday recipe. Made of fresh cranberries, orange zest and juice, this cranberry sauce recipe is a must make! //
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Classic Cranberry Sauce

Classic Cranberry Sauce recipe perfect for serving throughout the holidays. This cranberry sauce recipe is a holiday classic! Made with just four fresh ingredients and ready in minutes, this homemade cranberry sauce is a must make!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry sauce, homemade cranberry sauce
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries, washed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • orange zest optional


  • Bring orange juice, sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan set over medium heat.
  • Add cranberries and cook over low-medium heat until they begin to pop and thickened to desired consistency, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, add orange zest and stir until just combined.
  • Top with additional orange zest for serving, if desired.


Make Ahead Instructions:
To make ahead, simply follow the recipe instructions and set aside to cool completely. Then, you can either store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days or in the freezer for up to a month. If frozen, you can thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then serve cold or reheat and serve if you prefer your cranberry sauce warmed.