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Dave's Homemade Cranberry Orange Sauce

Homemade cranberry sauce is a must at any holiday gathering! This easy side dish recipe is tart and sweet accented with warm winter spice.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 17 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 94 kcal


  • 16 oz fresh cranberries, rinsed
  • 1 C fresh squeezed orange juice (from approx. 3 large oranges)
  • zest of 1 large orange
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  • Add all ingredients into a large saucepan
  • Stir to combine
  • Bring mixture to a soft boil over medium high heat for 5-7 minutes, then simmer on medium low for 10 minutes
  • Allow to cool, and enjoy!


*Recipe modification option: add bourbon! Bourbon adds a fun depth of flavor to this Thanksgiving side dish. Start by removing 2 tablespoons of fresh orange juice from the recipe as noted and replacing it with your favorite bourbon. Add more to taste. Enjoy your bourbon cranberry sauce as you normally would.


Calories: 94kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 151mgPotassium: 127mgFiber: 2gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 96IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg
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