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overhead view of cranberry sauce in a black bowl garnished with orange slice and cinnamon stick.

Easy Cranberry Sauce


  • Author: Lexi
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Our go-to family recipe for homemade cranberry sauce is made with mandarin orange juice and zest, naturally sweetened with maple syrup, and spiced with cinnamon. Plus, with just 5 ingredients and 20 minutes of cook time, it's quick and easy to make.


Ingredients

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  • 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 large orange, juiced (~1/4 cup of juice)*
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1/2 tbsp Cointreau or Grand Marnier (or another orange liqueur)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir well, then bring to a simmer.
  2. The cranberries will start to pop as they soften. Give the sauce a stir every once in a while to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom.
  3. Once the cranberries are softened (about 10-15 minutes of simmering), use the back of a wooden spoon or a masher to gently mash them. Once mashed, the sauce will start to thicken.
  4. Remove from heat and serve warm, or refrigerate before serving if preferred. You can make this cranberry sauce up to 7-10 days ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Notes

*For extra flavorful cranberry sauce, try using mandarin or tangerine juice! 

Use slightly less maple syrup if you prefer your cranberry sauce extra tart.

Storage: You can make this cranberry sauce up to 7-10 days ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

You can use frozen cranberries, which are often less expensive than fresh and easier to find. No need to defrost them – simply add to the recipe as usual. 

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: easy cranberry sauce

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