Absolutely delicious Easy Cranberry Sauce Recipe. The classic homemade fresh cranberry sauce with lemon zest and orange juice is so easy and quick to make.

Try this sauce on our delicious Cranberry Brie Crostini recipe.

Cranberry sauce in a serving bowl next to lemons, and fresh cranberries.

cranberry sauce recipe-

There’s nothing better than a side of homemade sauce. This recipe only calls for 5 ingredients and is absolutely the best! It will be gone in no time at your Thanksgiving dinner and everyone will be going for seconds. The sauce is a wonderful combination of sweet and tart and the perfect balance of flavors.

Cranberry sauce recipe in a serving bowl with fresh cranberries, topped with orange zest.

How to Make Cranberry Sauce-

  • In a medium saucepan, combine all of the ingredients for the sauce.
  • Cook until cranberries begin to pop.
  • Turn heat to med/low and cook an additional 15 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
  • Enjoy sauce warm or keep refrigerated.
Step by step collage on how to make homemade cranberry sauce with sugar, water, and orange juice.

How to store Sauce-

Store cooled sauce in an airtight container like these super cute mason jars in the refrigerator for up to one week. This recipe is great to make ahead for the Holidays when you don’t want to be too busy preparing everything in one day. NOTE: Sauce will thicken as it cools! If the consistency is too thick, add a few tablespoons of water when reheating the sauce.

Can I use frozen cranberries?

Yes, frozen cranberries will work great in this recipe. Let them thaw overnight in the refrigerator so they will cook evenly.

Cranberry orange sauce in a bowl with orange zest and a spoon.

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