The best Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Orange Juice recipe you will ever make, and a must-have recipe for your holiday celebrations! Made with only 5 ingredients and ready in under 30 minutes. Plus it can be made ahead of time! Never buy cranberries in a can again! Gluten-free & vegan!
I’m back…with the best homemade cranberry sauce ever. I know it’s a bold claim, but seriously, there are no words to describe this Cranberry Sauce with Orange Juice! It is THAT good.
This year, I implore you to ditch the gelatinous canned gloop (yes, I said gloop) that masquerades as cranberry sauce, and make your homemade cranberry sauce! Don’t be intimated! This homemade cranberry sauce recipe is super easy and only uses a few ingredients. PLUS it’s gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan!
Easy Cranberry Sauce that can be Made the day before Thanksgiving!
Not only does this Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Orange Juice come together in under 30 minutes, but it is yet another recipe in our Homemade Holidays series that can be made ahead of time!
I usually whip it up a day or two before Thanksgiving and store it in an airtight container in the fridge! You might even argue that it tastes better after siting for a couple days because the flavors become richer as they have time to blend!
How to make this homemade cranberry sauce recipe
Cooking on the stovetop.
One of my favorite parts of making this Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Orange Juice is that the cranberries “talk” to you while they cook. As they warm up they start popping and snapping. Keep cooking until most of the berries have burst in this fashion!
Texture (Chunky vs. smooth).
We like our cranberry sauce a little on the chunky side! However, if you enjoy yours extra-smooth no worries! Simply toss the mixture into your blender (Vitamix) after it’s fully cooked, and blend to the consistency you like.
How to serve homemade cranberry sauce (Hot or cold)?
We prefer to server our cranberry sauce cold! But really it’s up to you! I do recommend serving it cool or room temperature, but not heating it up!
What to do with leftover cranberry sauce.
Other than just eating it with a spoon (hello, YUM)! We love making grilled cheese sandwiches with leftover turkey and cranberry sauce…SO good! It’s also great to spoon over pancakes OR on top of ice cream!
Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Orange Juice: Substitutions/ingredients.
I do not recommend making any substitutions or changes to this sauce, because it tastes the best when your follow the recipe exactly as written.
I have tried playing with the ratio of orange juice and water, decreasing the amount of sugar, etc. and have landed on this recipe every. single. time. I do have a healthy cranberry sauce recipe (with a video) here!
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Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Orange Juice
- In a medium sauce-pan, whisk together water, orange juice, granulated sugar, and brown sugar over medium-high heat.
- One mixture comes to a boil, whisk in the cinnamon.
- Gently pour cranberries into the saucepan and reduce heat to a simmer.
- Simmer the mixture uncovered for 10 - 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cranberries begin to pop! (You will literally hear popping noises and the berries will burst open)!
- Using a potato masher, gently mash the cranberries to make the mixture thicken. The more you mash, the less chunky your mixture will be---your choice! (if you like extra-smooth cranberry sauce, blend the mixture in your Vitamix until smooth.
- Simmer for another 3 minutes and then turn off heat but leave the pot uncovered on top of the burner to cool and thicken for 20-30 minutes.
- Store in refrigerator in an airtight container!
More Delicious Thanksgiving recipes:
Obviously I recommend making this cranberry sauce recipe as part of your Thanksgiving feast! Here are some of the recipes we make on Thanksgiving:
- The BEST homemade sausage stuffing
- Brussels Sprouts! This recipe for Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts will turn a sprouts-hater into a sprouts-lover!
- Sweet Potatoes. This healthy sweet potato casserole is one of my favorite side dishes! If you like crisp potatoes (as opposed to mashed) try these maple roasted sweet potatoes!
- Green Beans. I always make these apple cider sautéed green beans on Thanksgiving! These Parmesan roasted green beans are also a huge hit!
- Beets! We LOVE these balsamic roasted beets! They’re like vegetable candy!
- Apples. These sautéed cinnamon apples always make an appearance on our holiday table. Or you can combine them with sweet potatoes and make roasted sweet potatoes and apples!
- Cranberry Sauce. I’m all about homemade cranberry sauce! Try our healthy cranberry sauce.
- PIE! Try this apple pie, pumpkin pie (from scratch), dairy-free pumpkin pie, apple crumble pie, or this chocolate peanut butter pie!
- Apple crisp is also a favorite dessert!
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