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Cranberry sauce in a bowl ready to hit the table for the holiday dinners.

Easy Cranberry Sauce with Orange Juice (Gluten-free)

Sara Vaughn
Skip the canned cranberry sauce this year. Make this homemade cranberry sauce with orange juice in only fifteen minutes!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Baics, condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 68 kcal


  • 12 Ounce Bag Whole Cranberries Fresh or Frozen
  • 1 Cup Orange Juice
  • 1 Zest of an Orange
  • ¾ Cup Sugar Honey or Maple Syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • Teaspoon Ground Ginger


  • Combine all the ingredients into a small saucepan over medium-low heat.
    12 Ounce Bag Whole Cranberries, 1 Cup Orange Juice, 1 Zest of an Orange, ¾ Cup Sugar, 1 Teaspoon Vanilla, ⅛ Teaspoon Ground Ginger, ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • Stirring occasionally, let the sauce simmer until the cranberries have started to pop and the sauce coats the back of a spoon.
  • Once desrired thickness has been achieved, remove the sauce from the heat.
  • Transfer the cranberry sauce to a dish and let it chill until you are ready to serve.


Tips and Tricks
  • Want more texture? - If you want your cranberry sauce to have more texture, reserve about a half cup of cranberries and stir them in once; the others have started to pop. This will allow some cranberries to stay together, adding more texture to the final sauce.
  • Cranberry sauce with dried cranberries. - You can make cranberry sauce with dried cranberries. I recommend using unsweetened dried cranberries for this recipe. I would also add an additional quarter to half a cup of liquid to help rehydrate the dried cranberries.
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