This is the best Orange Cranberry Sauce recipe and it’s so easy to make! With only four simple ingredients, this simple make-ahead dish will help you rock the holidays.
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Ok friends, let’s be clear about one thing. This is not the canned cranberry sauce that your great aunt slops into a bowl for Thanksgiving. This is not that sauce. This cranberry sauce has depth and flavor. It is homemade cranberry sauce…like cranberry was meant to be.
The Case For Making Cranberry Sauce Ahead of Time
There is enough cooking to do on big holidays. Cranberry sauce does not need to be one of those things! You’ll also love my free Thanksgiving Checklist printable for all your Type-A holiday planning needs!
You can keep cranberry sauce in the fridge for up to a week or freeze it for 3-6 months. I freeze mine in wide-mouth canning jars. I use pint jars for smaller servings and quart jars for large gatherings. See: the best make-ahead Thanksgiving dishes.
Just allow the sauce to fully cool before adding it to the canning jars. And leave 1-inch of space between the top of the food and the top of the jar.
- Add 1-2 cinnamon sticks to the pot prior to cooking if you prefer spiced cranberry sauce.
- Sub in maple syrup, honey, or even coconut sugar in place of the regular sugar.
- Stir in a little homemade Strawberry Puree to take your sauce to the next level.
- If you have leftover cranberries after making this, learn all about Freezing Cranberries to save the extras for another time.
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Orange Cranberry Sauce
- In a medium saucepan, combine orange juice and sugar. Bring to a boil.
- Add the cranberries, and reduce the heat to medium.
- Allow it to cook until you start to hear the cranberries popping.
- With a wooden spoon or potato masher (what I use), smash down the cranberries until it reaches your desired texture.
- Remove from heat and stir in the orange zest.
- Allow sauce to cool for 20 minutes at room temperature. It will thicken as it cools.
- Transfer to an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for 3-6 months.