This Fresh Cranberry Sauce is simple to make, ready in 15 minutes and tastes great on everything from turkey to oatmeal! Make a batch and enjoy on your favorite breakfast, lunch, dinner and holiday recipes!
*Photos updated 12/8/15*
Let’s talk about cranberries for a moment shall we? Particularly this cranberry sauce. I first posted it on my blog 3 years ago around Thanksgiving time and it’s one of my most favorite family recipes. I fall in love with all all over again every year, and considering the fact that I’ve made 3 batches of this sauce in the past week, I think it’s safe to say this year is no exception.
So, I thought it was worthy of sharing one more time on the blog. Plus, I got my act together and took some prettier pictures for you!
Gah! Don’t you just want to dive right into that jar?!!
Here’s how you make it:Print
Fresh Cranberry Sauce
An easy and delicious way to add some fresh fall flavor to your meals!
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- 2/3 – 3/4 c sugar
- 1 bag fresh cranberries
- 1/2 c white wine vinegar
- 1/4 c water
- 1 Tbsp orange peel
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Combine the sugar, vinegar and water in a saucepan. Heat to a boil, then reduce to simmer and stir until sugar dissolves.
- Add cranberries, cinnamon stick and orange peel.
- Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until cranberries burst.
- Remove from heat and fish out the cinnamon stick and orange peel.
- Cool and eat!
I’m pretty much incapable of eating my Thanksgiving turkey without it being smothered with this sauce.
I’ve been putting this stuff on everything. I put it in my oatmeal, I put it on my bacon, egg & cheese sandwich this weekend, I even mixed it into the salmon sliders I’m sharing with you on Friday!
I like mine pretty tart, so I use closer to 2/3 c sugar, but you’ll have to experiment to find your desired level of sweetness. If you like it sweeter, try 3/4 – 1 cup sugar.
Are you a fan of fresh cranberry sauce?
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I do love cranberry sauce, but have never attempted my own! Maybe I’ll give it a shot!
definitely give it a try!
Linz @ Itz Linz says
i do like cranberry sauce, but definitely don’t eat it nearly enough! i love ordering it on turkey sandwiches when places provide that option! and honestly i’ve always been intimidated to buy fresh cranberries, but your recipe seems so simple!
you could def handle it!
Kierston @candyfit says
Yum! Nothing like fresh cranberry sauce. Love the tartness of it.
That sounds like my mom’s recipe. I love it! I bought some plain yogurt just so I can have some with cranberry sauce. It’s also fantastic on peanut butter toast!
Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom says
I made my own cranberry sauce this year! I LOVED it! So easy, so tasty. I didn’t use a ton of sugar, either, so it was very tart. Definitely good 🙂
Sam @ Better With Sprinkles says
I don’t think I’ve ever made fresh cranberry sauce, to be honest…it’s more of an afterthought at my family holidays, so we always go for the canned variety. It might be fun to make a homemade version though!
yes! you should try sometime for sure!
Jody - Fit at 56 says
Never made it but I keep seeing delicious recipes – yours included!!! 🙂
Sara @ LovingOnTheRun says
Yumm!! I ended up buying mine for Thanksgiving because the husband is not a fan BUT this looks like a great recipe to try sometime! It probably tastes a lot better than what I bought too!
yay! hope you get to try it!
Running Hutch says
Yum. I do basically that, but no water or vinegar. Sometimes less sugar and a bit of orange juice. My mom does it this way now also instead of buying the can, thank heavens!
woohoo! love the from the can converts!
Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food says
Love this! I’ve never made homemade cranberry sauce, but it looks super easy so I definitely pinned this for later. Thanks for sharing!
yay! let me know if you try it!
Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health says
i like cranberry sauce a lot; I made a compote last year.
ooh that sounds good!
Jan @ Sprouts n Squats says
I love cranberry sauce but I’ve never seen fresh cranberries or even frozen ones here in Australia, we only seem to have the dried ones. This looks yum though.
such a bummmer!
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I LOVE homemade Cranberry sauce! I made a huge batch for Thanksgiving and have been eating it on everything. I’ve never put vinegar in though! I’ll have to try that and see how it alters the taste.
yes! try it for sure. Would love to know what you think!
Christie @ Kissesandkale.blogspot.com says
Yum! I love cranberry sauce! I didn’t get any for Thanksgiving this year and I’ve been craving it ever since. I’ll have to save this recipe for sure.
yes! hope you get a chance to make it!
Domi @ Eat, Pray, Lift says
Mmmmm I am all about homemade cranberry sauce! Just made some this afternoon during a frenzy of food prep. 🙂 I’ll have to try this recipe next time!
yay! hope you like it!
Matt @ Runner Savvy says
Looks good! My mom always serves the nasty canned stuff.
haha nooooo stay away from that 🙂
Christine @ Love, Life, Surf says
YUM! This looks delicious.
we need to start making our own cranberry sauce for the family. Since we don’t eat it, we never really think to make one.
This year I made it to go with pork tenderloin and served it warm. It was delicious! Love it!
Thinking of making this for Christmas. Curious how many or what weight of cranberries are in “one bag”?
i think it’s 8 oz.