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14 Cranberry Sauce Recipes for the Perfect Holiday Meal

JANUARY 24, 2023
14 Cranberry Sauce Recipes for the Perfect Holiday Meal
Cranberry sauce is the signature side dish for any holiday feast. But all too often, it's an afterthought or a store-bought jar of jelly. This year, we’ve rounded up the best cranberry sauce recipes so you can make homemade cranberry sauce that will have everyone at the table raving. From zesty orange to port wine, you’ll find all the recipes you need to make cranberry sauce a centerpiece of your holiday spread. Let’s dig in and discover the right cranberry sauce recipe for you!
Feasting Not Fasting

Honey Cranberry Sauce

Honey cranberry sauce with zesty orange and spicy cinnamon that's naturally sweetened with honey. So easy and tasty, you'll never buy it pre-made again!
2
82
25
20 min
TOTAL TIME
46
CALORIES
$0.29
PER SERVING
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Honey Cranberry Sauce
Our Plant Based World

Spiced Cranberry Sauce

We have tried this Spiced Cranberry Sauce with the Porcini Mushrooms Stuffing in warm rosemary Christmas bread buns, and it is heaven! This is the best cranberry sauce we have tried! Enjoy!
34
19
34
20 min
TOTAL TIME
77
CALORIES
$0.75
PER SERVING
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Spiced Cranberry Sauce
Happy Happy Nester

Jazzed up Canned Cranberry Sauce

If you need a simple and quick Canned Cranberry Sauce Recipe, then look no further. Canned cranberry sauce never tasted this amazing with just a few additional ingredients, and it's shocking how delicious this hack version tastes with a few yummy ingredients. Save time in the kitchen this Thanksgivi...
1
111
10 min
TOTAL TIME
178
CALORIES
$1.35
PER SERVING
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Jazzed up Canned Cranberry Sauce
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Getty Stewart

Cranberry Sauce with Orange & Ginger

A blow your mind cranberry sauce made with fresh or frozen cranberries, a hint of orange, and ginger. You will never go back to canned again when you discover how easy and tasty this sauce is. It's also fun to watch the cranberries POP!
4
15 min
TOTAL TIME
62
CALORIES
$0.18
PER SERVING
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Cranberry Sauce with Orange & Ginger
Amazing Ribs

Drunken Cranberry Sauce Recipe

This sweet and savory cranberry sauce recipe will have you kicking the canned stuff to the curb. Port and balsamic vinegar add an unexpected depth of flavor to this traditional holiday side dish. And most of the alcohol evaporates in the cooking, so you can serve it to the kids.
7
20
1 hr 30 min
TOTAL TIME
605
CALORIES
$8.81
PER SERVING
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Drunken Cranberry Sauce Recipe
Home Is Where The Boat Is

Ina Garten’s Make Ahead Cranberry Sauce

Ina Garten's Make Ahead Cranberry Sauce is the perfect combination of sweet and tart for Thanksgiving!  Enjoy leftovers with turkey or ham on a roll or in Baked Brie in Puffed Pastry for an easy crowd-pleasing appetizer.
21,174
35
32 min
TOTAL TIME
58
CALORIES
$0.21
PER SERVING
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Ina Garten’s Make Ahead Cranberry Sauce
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Orange Blossom Cranberry Sauce

This festive Orange Blossom Cranberry Sauce, sweetened with honey, features zesty orange and warm cinnamon flavors that make it an irresistible homemade alternative to store-bought options.
2
15 min
TOTAL TIME
46
CALORIES
$0.29
PER SERVING
Orange Blossom Cranberry Sauce
Directions
6 STEPS
1
Discard any bad cranberries in the 12 oz of fresh cranberries.
2
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the cranberries, 1/3 cup water, 1/4 cup orange juice, and 1/2 cup honey. Bring to a boil.
3
Reduce heat to low and let the sauce thicken for about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the cranberries burst and the sauce reaches the desired thickness. Keep in mind that the sauce will thicken more as it cools.
4
Remove saucepan from heat and stir in 1 tsp orange zest, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, and 1/4 tsp salt.
5
Taste the sauce and adjust seasoning if necessary. Be cautious while tasting, as it will be hot.
6
Transfer the sauce to a sealed container and refrigerate until ready to serve. Allow the sauce to come to room temperature before serving. The sauce will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
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Wine and Glue

Easy Cranberry Sauce

Only THREE ingredients for this Easy Cranberry Sauce! It is the best cranberry sauce recipe for Thanksgiving!  It's made with orange juice for a little extra punch of flavor and it is so easy.
3
8,131
15
14 min
TOTAL TIME
130
CALORIES
$0.36
PER SERVING
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Easy Cranberry Sauce
Irish American Mom

Orange Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce with a hint of orange is a delicious Thanksgiving side. An orange juice and brown sugar reduction reduces the bitterness of the cranberries in this sauce recipe.
1
1 hr 40 min
TOTAL TIME
51
CALORIES
$0.22
PER SERVING
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Orange Cranberry Sauce
This Silly Girl's Kitchen

Apple Cranberry Sauce

Loaded with apples and fresh cranberries, this Apple Cranberry Sauce is the perfect addition to you Thanksgiving spread, delicious and easy!
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4
15 min
TOTAL TIME
136
CALORIES
$0.45
PER SERVING
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Apple Cranberry Sauce
Dinner at the Zoo

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This homemade cranberry sauce is a 6 ingredient recipe that's made with fresh cranberries, sugar and a hint of spice. Homemade cranberry sauce tastes so much better than store bought, and it takes just minutes to make
7
2,217
2
12 min
TOTAL TIME
117
CALORIES
$0.34
PER SERVING
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Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Epicurious

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

This simple cranberry sauce recipe from America's quintessential brand is the perfect complement to Thanksgiving dinner, sure, but we also love it with pork, lamb, and chicken anytime of year.
307
41
20 min
TOTAL TIME
468
CALORIES
$1.28
PER SERVING
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Fresh Cranberry Sauce
Well Plated

Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Honey

A healthy cranberry orange sauce for Thanksgiving turkey that's naturally sweetened with honey and spiced with cinnamon. Ready in 20 minutes!
6
110
6
20 min
TOTAL TIME
255
CALORIES
$1.79
PER SERVING
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Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Honey
Hint of Healthy

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

This easy Instant Pot cranberry sauce is the perfect condiment for Christmas and Thanksgiving. A fantastic homemade cranberry sauce with orange juice, maple syrup and cinnamon.
40 min
TOTAL TIME
119
CALORIES
$0.54
PER SERVING
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Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce
Krolls Korner

Apple Cranberry Sauce

This Apple Cranberry Sauce is filled with fresh orange juice, fresh ginger, Granny Smith apples and a touch of cinnamon. Your guests will love this sauce!Â
6
94
45 min
TOTAL TIME
128
CALORIES
$0.55
PER SERVING
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Apple Cranberry Sauce
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