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Cranberry orange sauce recipe in a clear bowl with a spoon full of cranberry sauce, orange slices, and fresh cranberries.
4.86 from 7 votes

Cranberry Orange Sauce Recipe

An easy and homemade Cranberry Orange Sauce recipe that is made with fresh or frozen cranberries, orange juice, orange zest, and a bit of honey or maple syrup. 

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


  • 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.

    Fresh cranberries in a stainless steel skillet with orange slices and a wooden spoon.
  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.
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Orange Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 74
% Daily Value*
Sodium 21mg1%
Potassium 47mg1%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Vitamin C 8.4mg10%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.