Easy, Classic Cranberry Sauce

If you think you don’t like cranberry sauce, it’s because you haven’t made it yourself. Homemade cranberry sauce is far superior to it’s canned cousin – and it’s super easy to make.

This cranberry sauce is tangy and sweet and uses just four ingredients.

Adding this to your holiday menu won’t add a lot of work to your plate either – this can be made up to a week in advance and only takes about 15 minutes to pull together.

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  • 1 (12 oz.) bag fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar

You don’t get easier than four ingredients! There are definitely many ways you can dress this up – adding additional fruits, herbs, and even rum! – but I prefer to keep it classic. It’s delicious as it is and makes a great base to use the leftovers in other recipes.

How to Make Classic Cranberry Sauce

  • This cranberry sauce really couldn’t be simpler to make! Add the cranberries, orange juice, brown sugar, and white sugar to a medium saucepan.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  • You’ll hear the cranberries popping as it cooks – that’s exactly what you want to happen!
  • When the liquid is mostly evaporated and it looks like jam, it’s finished!
  • You can serve this warm, room temperature, or chilled.

Top Tips

Should I serve cranberry sauce warm or cold?

What temperature you serve this at is personal preference! This can be served, warm, cold, or even room temperature.

Honestly, how I serve it often depends on how much room I have in the refrigerator or on the stovetop. If there’s room to warm it up, I will. And if it needs to be kicked out of the refrigerator to make space for other holiday dishes? Then I’m serving it room temperature.

How far in advance can I make cranberry sauce?

This can be made a week ahead and stored in the refrigerator.

What can I do with leftover cranberry sauce?

If you want to turn your leftover cranberry sauce into another meal, I suggest using it for Turkey Cranchiladas or Turkey and Cranberry BBQ Sauce Pizza. If you’re in the mood for something snacky, Baked Cranberry & White Cheddar Dip is perfect!

More Sides Perfect for the Holidays

Sides are the centerpieces of so many holiday meals! I love ones filled with fresh flavors.

For veggie sides, Cheesy Green Bean Casserole and Roasted Carrots with Honey and Thyme are top of my list.

For starchy sides, I recommend Honey-Whisky Glazed Sweet Potatoes, Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes, or Sweet Potatoes with Candied Pecans.

Looking for even more cranberry inspiration? Check out the recipes from other bloggers below!

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This week we are celebrating all things cranberry! We have delicious recipes from across the country to celebrate all things cranberry!

#CranberryWeek is an annual blogging event that is hosted by Ashley from Cheese Curd In Paradise

Recipe for Cranberry Sauce

Classic Cranberry Sauce

Classic Cranberry Sauce

Yield: 2 cups
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 (12 oz.) bag fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is mostly evaporated.
  2. You’ll hear the cranberries popping as this cooks – that’s okay! You want them to open up!
  3. This can be served warm, chilled, or at room temperature.


Adapted from Savory Sweet Life

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