Fresh Cranberry Sauce

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15 min


7 persons




5.00 (2)



Fresh homemade cranberry sauce is a cinch to make. This version is flavored with orange juice and orange zest, which elevates it into an elegant holiday dish. Serve with simple Roast Turkey and Gravy.


  • orange juice : 0.5 cup (fresh, from one orange)
  • water : 0.5 cup
  • sugar : 0.75 cup (plus 2 tablespoons)
  • cranberries : 1 bag ((12 oz) fresh or frozen cranberries (do not use dried))
  • orange zest : 2 tsp (from one orange + pinch salt)

Metric Conversion

Stages of cooking

  1. Ingredients.

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  2. Begin by zesting the orange. I like to use my Microplane rasp grater but any grater will do — just be sure to leave the white pith behind as it’s quite bitter.

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  3. Using the same orange, squeeze the juice into a measuring cup. You should get about a half cup.

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  4. Combine the orange juice, water and sugar in a medium pot and bring to a boil.

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  5. Add the cranberries, orange zest and salt and boil gently until most of the cranberries burst open, creating a thick sauce.

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  6. Transfer the sauce to a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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