Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce

Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce

fresh cranberry orange sauce
Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce~Two Peas and Their Pod

While canned whole cranberry sauce will do in a pinch, there’s no comparison to this Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce.  With homemade cranberry sauce, you know exactly what’s in it.  If you don’t want to use regular sugar, you can substitute with a product like Stevia.

This is my go-to recipe for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I found this recipe a few moons ago at Two Peas and Their Pod.  The addition of the orange juice and orange zest give this a unique and wonderful flavor.

I usually make a double batch and give some to my Mom.   I use the leftovers of this fresh Cranberry orange sauce like I would use jam.  It’s so good, and not hard to make.

Yield: 2 cups sauce


1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup orange juice
4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1 tablespoon orange zest


1. Rinse cranberries with cold water. In a medium saucepan, add sugar, water, and orange juice. Stir until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil and add cranberries and orange zest. Return to a boil and then reduce heat to medium low. Cook until cranberries start to burst, about ten minutes.

2. Remove from he heat and let cool to room temperature. Pour sauce into a serving bowl and chill in the refrigerator (I use very clean jars because there will be leftovers.  I then serve in a nice dish come meal time). Serve chilled.

*Note-you can make the sauce 1-2 days in advance.



  1. I make something similar for Thanksgiving. I agree, making your own cranberry sauce is so easy, why use the canned?

    1. I totally agree, Alana. I was so intrigued by the flavor combination when I first found this recipe that I HAD to try it. I’m so very glad that I did. It’s a family favorite now.

    1. Yes, if you’re going to zest the orange anyway, why not juice it too?

  2. Ok, so printing this one out, My mother will love it. tries different cranberry recipes every year for the holidays. the Orange is a nice touch to smooth the bitterness of the cranberries!

    1. Yes, you’ve got that right. Cranberries are very tart and the orange seems to mellow out the tang! I hope she enjoys this recipe and that she shares with you!

  3. Mmm, cranberry sauce. Just love it, and adding orange juice (I also prefer fresh) gives it a delicious flavor. My cranberry sauce also has other stuff added to it, including nuts and raisins. It is definitely a holiday delight. Thank you for the recipe.

    1. No harm in mixing it up a bit. I know I often experiment with my stuffing…

  4. I’ve never been a fan of cranberries, but with the orange it sounds very tasty. I’ll have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing.

    1. I absolutely love it with the orange taste. Makes all the difference. And I use the leftovers as jam.

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