How to Make Cranberry Sauce at Home

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Julbi Pandoh
Julbi is a Punjab native who enjoys nothing better than making something special from a bunch of ingredients for her husband and daughter. This is what she loves to do and no one can deny the fact how much a Punjabi loves food. And we can see that in Julbi’s enthusiasm for food.

With the coming festive vibes for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas, Cranberry sauce recipe is a must share recipe. Cranberry Sauce is a light, bright and a healthy sauce. It compliments best with various types of meat like chicken, turkey, pork and ham. This sauce is the best blend of sweetness and tanginess.

Cranberry sauce gives a lightness to Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner and it adds a delectable flavour. I wouldn’t say I like canned cranberry sauce after I made this sauce at home. I hope you give it a try as it is a super easy recipe to make.

Let me share the recipe with you all. The list of ingredients with its respective quantity is given below.

Ingredients for Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients Amount
Sugar¾ cup 
Orange Juice½ cup 
Water½ cup 
Fresh Cranberries12 oz 
SaltA pinch
Cinnamon Stick1
Orange Peel1 piece

The required ingredients are very basic and easily available in any supermarket. However, you might be able to get everything even in your home itself except for the fresh batch of cranberries.

Let me give you the breakdown for the timings so that you can prepare your schedule accordingly. All you need to do is bring all the ingredients to boil.

How Much Time It Will Take?

Preparation TimeCooking TimeTotal Time
1 Minute10 Minutes11 Minutes

Eleven minutes is not much of a time to prepare a sauce which is full of flavours and will give your festive feast a great taste.

So now, search in your pantry to fetch them all and get started as it is quite an easy recipe and doesn’t take much time. It will be loved at home. Let’s grab all the ingredients and follow the instructions.

Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Cranberry Sauce recipe
  1. Take a saucepan to it add sugar, orange juice and water. Boil it over a medium flame. Stir it till the sugar dissolves.
  2. To this mixture, add rest of the ingredients – cranberries, salt, cinnamon stick and orange peel.
  3. Stir it continuously over medium flame. 
  4. Cook it until all or most of the cranberries have popped. It should take 10 minutes.
  5. Let it cool down for minimum 30 minutes. 
  6. Cover and refrigerate until the sauce is ready to use.

I like to leave a handful of berries whole in the sauce. The orange and cinnamon in cranberry sauce gives it more depth of flavours and sweetens it. This can be served hot, warm, room temperature, or cold. It tastes best after a day or two.

NOTE – You can store the sauce for few days by refrigerating it.

Nutritional Breakdown of Cranberry Sauce

This sauce has no added flavours or preservatives. So that’s why I added a nutritional breakdown of this cranberry sauce below.

Vitamin A55IU
Vitamin C13.4g

How to Make Cranberry Sauce at Home | Video

If you are trying to make this sauce for the first time at home, then I highly recommend you to watch the video that I’ve mentioned below.

Video by Gordon Ramsay

I hope you’ve liked this sauce recipe. Do try it at your home and share your wonderful experiences in the comments section below. Till then, stay tuned for more recipes like these.

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