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World's Best Cranberry Sauce

Your Thanksgiving table is not complete without this Cranberry Sauce made from scratch. A hint of nutmeg, lots of orange zest and a bit of vanilla complete this incredible cranberry sauce.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry sauce, thanksgiving recipes
Servings: 8
Calories: 102kcal


  • 12 oz cranberries (1 bag), rinsed
  • ½ cup orange juice store bought or freshly squeezed
  • ¾ cup sugar granulated
  • tsp nutmeg ground
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp orange zest


  • Assemble the sauce: Add all the ingredients to a smaller pot and stir to combine. Turn the heat to a medium-high and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  • Finish the sauce: Reduce the heat to a medium and continue cooking for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. You will notice the cranberries will burst as they cook. 
  • Cool and serve: Let cool completely at room temperature before serving.



  1. Store the cranberry sauce in a bowl wrapped with plastic wrap or in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  2. Please note the sauce will thicken as it cools.
  3. Other optional ingredients to add to the sauce are pecans, raisins, cinnamon.
  4. Freeze the cranberry sauce in an airtight container for up to 6 months


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 15.4mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.1mg