5 from 1 vote
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
12 mins

Skip the canned stuff and make this easy homemade cranberry sauce from fresh cranberries, sugar, and just a hint of cinnamon and orange.  Fresh cranberry sauce is so much better than store bought and only takes about 10 minutes to make.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry sauce, homemade cranberry sauce
Servings: 8
Calories: 124 kcal
Author: Amy Nash, House of Nash Eats
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries (about 3 cups)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Combine the sugar, water, and orange juice in a large saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.  

  2. Add the cranberries, cinnamon stick, and salt and boil for 1 minute before reducing the heat to medium low and simmering for 10 minutes, or until the cranberries have burst.  You can reserve 1/4 of the cranberries to add at the end if you would like whole berry cranberry sauce.

  3. Remove from heat, take out the cinnamon stick, and stir in the vanilla extract.  Let the cranberry sauce cool to room temperature before transferring to a container to chill in the fridge until ready to serve.  

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 124
% Daily Value*
Sodium 2mg 0%
Potassium 67mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 27g
Vitamin A 1.1%
Vitamin C 16.2%
Calcium 0.9%
Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.