Orange Cranberry Sauce

*Recipe updated on Nov 7, 2016.
This Orange Cranberry Sauce tastes SO much better than anything you can buy in a can – don’t do it!  It is so easy to make your own homemade cranberry sauce for the holidays.

Orange Cranberry Sauce Recipe

This Orange Cranberry Sauce is delicious on turkey and rolls.  It tastes so good and smells so good that I have to discipline myself not to just eat it right out of the pan  It has a zesty, tangy flavor.  I love it served warm, but cranberry sauce is traditionally served chilled which makes this recipe one that can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for at least a week before a holiday dinner.


This is a fun recipe to get help with from you family.  When the cranberries heat up in the pan they make a hissing noise just before they pop.  When all of the cranberries “pop” or split open the sauce starts to thicken.  With only a few ingredients, this sauce is inexpensive to make.  I watch for fresh cranberries to go on sale, buy a bunch, and freeze them right in the bag in my freezer, then pull them out when I want to make cranberry sauce. This sauce is a great gift for neighbors and friends during the holidays.  Pour the sauce into decorative jars, keep chilled, and add a bow!


Other Yummy Cranberry Recipes

If you are looking for another tasty cranberry sauce recipe to make at home, click here for our Raspberry Cranberry Sauce recipe.  If you have leftovers, this sauce can also be used as the base for our Cranberry Vinaigrette Dressing.  Some other cranberry recipes that we always are making over the Holidays are our Cranberry Almond Bread with Cream Cheese Swirl for breakfast, our Cranberry Salsa for a yummy appetizer, and our Cranberry Chicken  and Cranberry-Sausage Stuffing are perfect for Holiday dinners.

Orange Cranberry Sauce

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  • 1 12 ounce bag (about 3 cups) fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp orange zest


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. You will see the cranberries soften and hear them begin to pop.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Serve warm with turkey and rolls.
  • If serving chilled, pour sauce into a dish or jar and cool at room temperature. Once cooled, refrigerate until ready to serve.


  1. Steffani says:

    We made this yesterday for Thanksgiving and it was delicious!!! I made the raspberry cranberry sauce last year, which is also fantastic but I like not dealing with The Raspberry seeds. I did add an extra cup of sugar bc I like it more sweet.

  2. Carolyn says:

    My mom also added some chopped walnuts…that’s how I like it!

    • Echo says:

      Oooh – yum! What a great idea!

  3. Lisa says:

    Can this be reheated?

    • Echo says:

      Absolutely! It is good cold or warm. You can reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop.

  4. Courtnet says:

    Do you mean orange juice bought or fresh squeezed oranges?

    • Echo says:

      Store bought or fresh squeezed will both work fine in the recipe. Use what is most convenient for you. Thanks for asking!

  5. Marisa says:

    This is so good! I made it for Thanksgiving and for a Christmas work thing, and it was recieved with great fanfare! Great recipe!

    • Echo says:

      I’m so glad you like the recipe, Marisa! It is my absolute favorite cranberry sauce. I make it every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love it on turkey and rolls.

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