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Easiest Fresh Cranberry Sauce

This post title is aptly dubbed, because this is most likely the easiest thing I’ll post for the holidays.  Or one of the easiest, at least.

I didn’t grow up lapping up cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving, but Hubby absolutely did as a kid.  He would have downed good old canned jelly cranberry “sauce” by the ladle-full, if he could.

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Years ago, when my own little tykes started ogling canned cranberry jelly like it was candy, I knew it was time for a change…

With all that high fructose corn syrup, the canned stuff just had to be replaced.

With loads of natural, whole cranberries in season all during fall each year, I wanted an easy, fuss-free cranberry sauce I felt great about serving alongside the turkey.

Fresh Cranberry Sauce 2

I am forever giddy about finding this recipe several years ago, and I have used this same delicious cranberry sauce recipe every single year since.  The flavor is spot-on-amazing, fresh, and with just the right amount of sweet and tangy goodness.

This cranberry sauce is always a favorite accompaniment to our favorite holiday dishes.



Easiest Fresh Cranberry Sauce

5 from 1 reviews

This cranberry sauce is the easiest thing you’ll make over the holidays! It’s loaded with fresh cranberries and orange juice. You control the sugar amount. Awesomely delish!

Yield: 8-12 1x


  • 1 bag (12oz) fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (more or less, depending on desired sweetness)


  1. In a medium heavy pot, combine fresh orange juice with sugar. Heat and stir on medium heat, until sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Add in fresh cranberries, stirring occasionally. Cook down the cranberries (uncovered) on a low boil, until the cranberries pop and are cooked through. Remove from heat and let cool at room temp. The sauce will thicken as it cools. Made be made 1-2 days ahead of time, if stored in airtight container in fridge.
  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Category: side

Source:  Chew Out Loud, from allrecipes

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    • Lilt

    My daughter has made this for me for the last couple of years. I will be attempting it this year. Due to Covid & the fact that she is a nurse, we will not be together this thanksgiving.

      • chewoutloud

      Ours will be a smaller dinner this year also; thanks for being here, and Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Nia

    I have made this every year for about 5 years now…although I still like the canned cranberry sauce, this one is a sure winner! So fresh and easy. Thanks!

      • chewoutloud

      So happy to hear that, Nia! Happy holidays 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • peanutbutterandonion

    I have recently started ti love cranberry sauce, your looks really good, and easy, THankis

      • chewoutloud

      It’s soooo easy, and even I who didn’t love cranberry sauce, will shovel it on my plate :). Thanks for commenting 🙂

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