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easy homemade cranberry sauce in a bowl

Super Easy Cranberry Sauce

This easy cranberry sauce recipe is fast, delicious, and the perfect addition to turkey or roast dinners! Great for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or anytime you want to add a sweet and tart pop of flavor.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword easy cranberry sauce, fresh cranberry sauce, homemade cranberry sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 99kcal


  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup water or orange juice
  • 3/4 cup (packed) brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  • Pick out any cranberries that may be past their prime and discard them.
  • Add the cranberries, water, sugar, and cinnamon stick to a medium-sized saucepan. Give it a good stir.
  • Simmer the mixture over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes or so, until the cranberries start to pop and the sauce has started to thicken (stir occasionally). At that point, reduce the heat and continue simmering until the sauce has thickened to your liking (about 10-12 minutes total).
  • Remove cinnamon stick and let the cranberry sauce cool. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.


  • This cranberry sauce is sweet, but it still has a bit of tartness from the cranberries. If you want a very sweet cranberry sauce, add another 1/4 cup of sugar.
  • If you prefer to have more whole/intact cranberries, simmer for less time (8-10 minutes). 
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg