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Cranberry and orange sauce is served from a glass bowl.
4.89 from 9 votes

Cranberry Orange Sauce Recipe

Homemade Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce is SO much better than the canned kind and can be ready in just 20 minutes! Pair this vegan and Paleo relish with Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner for a burst of flavor!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 74 kcal


  • cup orange juice fresh
  • cup water
  • cup honey or maple syrup*
  • 12 oz. cranberries fresh or previously frozen*
  • 2 tsp. orange zest finely chopped*
  • tsp. salt


  1. Add orange juice, water, and honey to a medium saucepan and bring ingredients to a boil.

  2. Reduce heat to medium and add cranberries, orange zest, and salt. Cook for 10-12 minutes uncovered, stirring occasionally.

  3. Once cranberries begin to pop, turn off heat and mash remaining cranberries to your desired consistency.
  4. Let sit at room temperature until chilled and store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

  • Fresh and frozen cranberries work equally as well in this recipe. Do NOT get dried cranberries.
  • Feel free to use maple syrup, or agave nectar to make this recipe vegan.
  • You can use a microplane grater instead of chopping the orange zest.
  • To Store: Bring the sauce to room temperature then seal in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
  • To Freeze: Cranberry sauce can be stored in a freezer-safe airtight container for up to 2 months. Note that the texture may become a bit watery once defrosted.
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Orange Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 74 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 22mg1%
Potassium 49mg1%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 34IU1%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.