5 from 4 votes
a jar of orange cranberry sauce with a spoon and cranberries on a white board
Orange Cranberry Sauce
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
16 mins

Homemade cranberry sauce to help you rock the holidays this year. Four simple ingredients create a deliciously easy make-ahead cranberry sauce.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: orange cranberry sauce, simple cranberry sauce, thanksgiving side dish make ahead
Servings: 16
Calories: 31 kcal
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine orange juice and sugar. Bring to a boil.

  2. Add the cranberries, and reduce the heat to medium. Allow it to cook until you start to hear the cranberries popping.

  3. With a wooden spoon or potato masher (what I use), smash down the cranberries until it reaches your desired texture. I prefer mostly mushed with a few whole berries sprinkled in there.

  4. Remove from heat and stir in the orange zest. Allow sauce to cool for 20 minutes at room temperature (so it doesn't heat up your fridge), and transfer to an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator. It will thicken a bit as it cools.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is super easy to scale. The ingredients listed make one batch but simply double or triple to create enough for a big crowd.

Cranberry sauce is one of the best things to make ahead of a holiday event. It tastes even better the next day and will keep in the fridge for days.

If you're like me and want cranberry sauce year round, buy bags when they go on sale after the holidays to freeze. 

Nutrition Facts
Orange Cranberry Sauce
Amount Per Serving (0.25 cup)
Calories 31
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Potassium 31mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 7g
Protein 0g 0%
Vitamin A 0.6%
Vitamin C 10%
Calcium 0.2%
Iron 0.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.