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5-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce with Orange Juice: A Family Favorite

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Welcome to a simple yet delicious journey into the world of homemade sauces with our 5-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce with Orange Juice: A Family Favorite. With its tantalizing blend of sweet, tart, and spicy, this recipe will undoubtedly become your go-to for holiday meals.

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Orange cranberry sauce served.

Cranberry Sauce with Orange Juice

Made with just five readily available ingredients: orange juice, water, sugar, a hint of cinnamon, and fresh cranberries, this sauce offers a delightful burst of flavors in every spoonful. The best part? It's incredibly easy to whip up!

How do you thicken homemade cranberry sauce?

The key to making a great cranberry sauce is to reduce the liquid until it has thickened. This usually takes about 15-20 minutes on medium heat. You don't want to overcook the cranberries, or they will become too mushy.

Cranberry sauce is traditionally made with sugar, but you can also use honey or maple syrup. I like combining orange juice and cranberry juice for the liquid, but you can also use all cranberry juice or water.

You'll also need fresh or frozen cranberries, sugar (or honey/maple syrup), orange juice, and optional zest from one orange.

The secret to this recipe is using orange juice to thicken the cranberry sauce. Boiling the cranberries in orange juice adds a delicious citrus flavor and helps thicken the sauce. And, if you want an even thicker sauce, then add a little bit more orange juice until you reach your desired consistency.

What is the best way to serve cranberry sauce?

There are so many ways that you can enjoy this cranberry sauce! Of course, I love eating it straight out of the dish with a spoon. But it's also delicious on top of turkey, chicken, or even pork. You could even use it as a condiment for sandwiches or wraps. And, if you're feeling really adventurous, you could even try using it in cocktails!

Close up of cranberry sauce

How do you make fancy cranberry sauce?

Well, you don't! This cranberry sauce with orange juice recipe is so simple that anyone can make it. And it only has five ingredients!

Not to mention, this delicious sauce is perfect for the holidays. The tartness of the cranberries pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the orange juice. Plus, it's pretty to look at, too!

So, look no further if you're looking for a simple and delicious cranberry sauce recipe. This one is sure to become a family favorite. Enjoy!

P.S. If you're feeling fancy, add a splash of Grand Marnier (or your favorite liqueur) to this recipe. But it's delicious without it, too!

What are the ingredients in canned cranberry sauce?

The ingredients in canned cranberry sauce are usually cranberries, sugar, water, and sometimes orange juice. Some brands also add preservatives and artificial flavors. If you're looking for a more natural cranberry sauce, you'll want to make your own using fresh or frozen cranberries.

How long does homemade cranberry sauce last?

Homemade cranberry sauce will last in the fridge for up to two weeks. However, if you want it to last even longer, you can freeze it for up to six months.

To thaw frozen cranberry sauce, place it in the fridge overnight. Then, reheat it on the stove over low heat until it's warmed through.

Do you have any other tips for making cranberry sauce?

Here are a few more tips for making the perfect cranberry sauce:

  • Use fresh or frozen cranberries. If you use fresh, then make sure to wash them first.
  • You can sweeten your sauce with sugar, honey, or maple syrup. I like to use a combination of sugar and honey.
  • For a thicker sauce, cook the cranberries until they have broken open and released their juices. Then, continue to cook until the sauce has thickened.
  • Add a splash of liqueur for an extra special touch!

Before we continue, please check out these recipes using cranberries below:

How to make Homemade Cranberry Sauce

To make this cranberry sauce, you are going to need the following ingredients:


  • orange juice, pulp-free
  • water
  • sugar
  • cinnamon
  • fresh cranberries

Now that you have your ingredients, follow the steps below to create this homemade cranberry sauce.

Add the water, orange juice, and sugar to a boil using a large pan.

Once the water is boiling, add the cranberries and cinnamon and continue to simmer for an additional 5 to 7 minutes.

Remember to stir the pot occasionally.

Once the cranberries have opened up, remove the pot from the heat and cover it.

Chill the cranberry sauce for about 3 hours to allow the sauce to thicken.

Your Cranberry Sauce is ready!

Simple Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Simple Cranberry Sauce

Simple Cranberry Sauce

Yield: 2 1/2 cups
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

If you're looking for a simple cranberry sauce recipe that doesn't require a lot of ingredients or time, you've come to the right place.

This recipe is easy to follow and only takes about 15 minutes to make. Plus, it's perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. So, let's get started!


  • ¾ cup of orange juice, pulp-free
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 12oz package of fresh cranberries, rinsed and stems removed


  1. Mix water, orange juice, and sugar in a large pan and bring to a boil the water starts boiling, start adding cranberries and cinnamon and continue to let it boil for 5-7 minutes.
  2. Continue to stir occasionally.
  3. Once you see that the cranberries have opened, remove them from the heat and chill covered for about three hours. This will allow the sauce to thicken.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 127Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 33gNet Carbohydrates: 0gFiber: 2gSugar: 29gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 0g

This is based on 8 servings and data provided and calculated by Nutritionixn on 8/12/2019.

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