Homemade Cranberry Sauce

by Shawnda on November 11, 2010

in Christmas,Condiments,Holiday Favorites,Lighter & Healthier,Thanksgiving

Whole berry Cranberry Sauce

One of my most favorite holiday sides growing up was Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce. You know the kind – the ruby-red cylinder of solid jelly that came pre-marked with it’s “just slice here” ridges from the can. It made a distinct noise as it wiggled free and slid from the can. A jiggly wedge tops every single bite of my holiday dinners.

It’s extremely easy to make a really good cranberry sauce at home. I like mine spiked with a bit of orange but if you’re more of a purist, replace the OJ with water and leave out the zest and ginger.

Orange-Cranberry Sauce

Homemade cranberry sauce spiked with orange juice and fresh ginger is the perfect addition to your holiday dinner table.


  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 small orange, zested and juiced
  • 2/3 cup sugar (plus more to taste)
  • 12-16 oz cranberries
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated


  1. Add water, OJ, and sugar to a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
  4. Cool completely before serving. Leftovers will keep in a jar in the fridge for at least a week.


Yields: 10 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 25 minutes

Nutritional Information
Calories: 69.6 | Fat: .9 | Fiber 1
WW Points: 1


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Laura Wifler November 11, 2010 at 8:06 am

I just wanted to drop a quick note telling you how much I love your blog! I’ve made TONS of things from it and everything has turned out perfect. I’ve even got my mom reading it (she didn’t even know what a blog was) because how you classify things with WW points; she loves it! Thanks so much for all your great recipes — keep ‘em coming!


2 Stephanie @ Per l'Amore del Cibo November 11, 2010 at 9:22 am

I was surprised to learn how easy homemade cranberry sauce is too, but sometimes nothing can beat the canned jellied stuff! I like to have both when we host holiday’s at our place. Your’s looks great!


3 Cynthia November 11, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Now that is a mighty fine looking cranberry sauce. Yum!


4 Jessica November 12, 2010 at 12:12 am

haha, I love the canned stuff too! When I make it myself, I keep it simple like this.


5 Rich November 12, 2010 at 8:40 am

Purist nothing! I love the addition of the orange – this looks delicious!


6 Brandy @ http://nguyenisdinner.blogspot.com November 13, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Our family loves the cranberry sauce from a can too. Maybe I can fancy it up this year for the Holidays. This recipe looks great!


7 Sandy November 14, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Looks simple and delicious. I also like how your site is all written in the same modern font. How did you do it?


8 Alison October 21, 2011 at 10:20 am

Wow, that looks yummy


9 2 Sisters 2 Cities November 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Thanks for the recipe- I’m going to serve both varieties of cranberry sauce this year…canned and fresh. It’s our family tradition!



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