The best Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Orange Juice you will ever make, and a must-have recipe for your holiday celebrations! This cranberry sauce recipe is made with only 5 ingredients in under 30 minutes, and it can be made ahead of time! Never buy cranberry sauce in a can again!
Course Side Dish
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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!
Fresh cranberries. This cranberry sauce recipe tastes best when it's made with fresh cranberries. I have used frozen cranberries and while it still tastes great, it is a little "seedy" meaning the seeds don't break down as well during cooking.
Orange Juice. Opt for a pulp-free variety for the best texture!
Brown Sugar. Both light and dark brown sugar work well in this cranberry sauce recipe. Just be aware that the dark brown sugar will impart a slight molasses taste.
Granulated Sugar. Any granulated sugar works great. I usually use organic cane sugar.
Water. Feel free to substitute water with more orange juice if you'd like a more pronounced citrus flavor.