Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Yield

3 cups

Type

Side Dish

Time

20 min.

Level

Easy

1

Start by adding sugar and water to a medium sauce pot. Stir to combine, then place the pot over medium heat and allow it to come to a boil.

Water and Sugar

2

While waiting for the water and sugar to boil, rinse fresh cranberries. You can actually use either fresh or frozen cranberries for this recipe. If using frozen, just allow them to thaw first.

Rinse Cranberries

3

Add the rinsed cranberries to the boiling sugar water. Place a lid on top and allow it to return to a boil.

Add Cranberries

4

When it begins to boil again the cranberries will begin to pop (that’s why you need a lid!). Once they have all popped, remove the lid, give it a good stir, and reduce the heat to medium-low.

Simmer Cranberries

5

Continue to let the cranberries simmer over medium-low until they have broken down (about 5-7 minutes), stirring occasionally.

Simmer Until Thick

6

While the cranberries are simmering, zest and juice one small orange. You’ll need about 1 tsp zest and 1/2 cup juice.

Zest and Juice

7

Stir the juice into the cooked cranberry sauce. Remove the pot from the heat, then stir in the zest.

Add Orange

8

Stir everything together then let it cool slightly (it will thicken as it cools). Then it’s ready to serve! You can make this a day or two ahead of time if needed.

Cool Slightly