A classic Cranberry Sauce recipe for Thanksgiving. Fresh cranberries are sweetened with orange juice. Perfect with turkey and cooks in just 10 minutes!
To me, Cranberry Sauce has one main function on your Thanksgiving plate: To cut the richness of everything else.
It might be the only recipe on the table not made with butter.
Cranberry Sauce made from scratch is fresh and crisp, perfectly tart but balanced with a sweet element: Sugar, honey, pineapple juice, or in this case, orange juice.
How Do You Cook Cranberry Sauce?
Cranberry Sauce is probably the easiest dish on you Thanksgiving table.
Combine cranberries with orange juice, sugar, water, and any other spices you are using (I like cinnamon, orange peel, and salt). Simmer until the berries pop.
The sauce will thicken as it cools.
Cranberry Sauce Recipe
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 12 ounces fresh cranberries rinsed and sorted
- In a medium saucepan, bring sugar, orange juice, water, orange zest, and salt to boil.
- Stir in cranberries. Simmer until slightly thickened and the berries begin to pop, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool, about 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate.