This Quick Cranberry Orange Sauce is just what you need to complete your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Fresh cranberries are simmered with sugar and water along with fresh orange zest and juice, done in 12 minutes.

Cranberry orange sauce in a white bowl garnished with orange rind with a turkey and carrots in the background


‘Tis the season for cranberry’s, those pretty little berries are everywhere. If you’ve ever been tempted while cooking to pop one of those juicy  looking berries  into your mouth,  DON’T! You will be puckered up for some  time and  regret it forever, don’t ask me how I know this, I just know.

A delicious spoonful of cranberry sauce


When it comes to this cranberry sauce, I go back to my from scratch theory. If you are in the supermarket you can easily pick up the 4 ingredients for this easy recipe rather than pick up cans of the pre-made cranberry sauce. You can wow your dinner guests with this homemade recipe that looks like it had to stew for hours and tastes  so much better.

 A bowl of fresh cranberries and 2 oranges ready to be made into sauce
The hint of fresh orange this takes from an ordinary cranberry sauce and makes it a little something special.

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Quick Cranberry Orange Sauce

Quick cranberry orange sauce is served and ready to be eaten

Fresh cranberries are simmered with sugar and water along with fresh orange zest and juice.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes


  • 12 oz fresh cranberries, washed and sorted for mushy or bad ones
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice


  1. To a medium saucepan add all the ingredients over medium heat.
  2. As the liquid starts to heat up, you will hear popping, that's just the skins of the cranberries.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, or until you see the cranberries start to break down.
  4. If you see that some of the cranberries are not softening or haven't popped, give them a little help by mashing them with your spoon. Remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl and allow to cool. The sauce will thicken as it cools.

Nutrition Information



Amount Per Serving Calories 261Sodium 2mgCarbohydrates 66g

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An overhead image of a roast turkey on a white platter with stuffing, mash and cranberry sauce