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Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This is the best Homemade Cranberry Sauce ever!  Make your own delicious homemade cranberry sauce using just 4 ingredients! Perfect as an easy Thanksgiving side!

Categories Side Dish, Sweet Treat, Thanksgiving
Difficulty Easy
Keyword cranberry sauce homemade, cranberry sauce recipe, homemade cranberry sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 78 kcal
Author Lacey Baier


  • 1 12-oz. bag fresh cranberries (approx. 3 cups)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup raw honey, plus more as needed
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated orange zest


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium-sized pot over medium-high heat.
  2. As the cranberries cook, they will start to pop. Let cook, stirring occasionally, for about 15-20 minutes until you no longer hear the cranberries popping and it appears the sauce is thickening.
  3. Allow to cool and then refrigerate until cool. As the sauce cools, it will thicken more and more.

  4. If you prefer a sweeter sauce, add more honey to taste, as this recipe makes a slightly tart cranberry sauce.

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Recipe Notes

This cranberry sauce tends to become more tart when refrigerated overnight. You may need to add a little more raw honey when it's time to serve -- just taste before serving to see.

Nutrition Facts
Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 78 Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.1g0%
Sodium 1.2mg0%
Carbohydrates 20.8g7%
Fiber 0.1g0%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 0.5g1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.