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A bowl of cranberry orange sauce topped with fresh orange zest.

Cranberry Orange Sauce

This cranberry orange sauce is a 5 ingredient recipe that's made with fresh cranberries, sugar, orange juice and orange zest. Cranberry orange sauce is a fresh, bright tasting accompaniment to any holiday meal.
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 86kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice fresh squeezed is best
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries frozen will also work
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest plus more for garnish
  • pinch of salt


  • Place the sugar and orange juice in a medium pan over medium high heat. Bring to a simmer.
  • Add the cranberries, orange zest and salt, then simmer for 8-10 minutes or until cranberries have burst. If you prefer a chunkier sauce, add 3/4 of the berries, then after the cranberries have burst, stir the remaining 1/4 berries in.
  • Let the cranberry orange sauce sit at room temperature until cool, then transfer to a container and store in the fridge until you're ready to serve it.


Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Potassium: 62mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 16.2mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg