Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This Homemade Cranberry Sauce is made with fresh orange and ginger. It's easy to make and will last for a week refrigerated.

cranberry sauce in a glass server on a pin stripe towel

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. In the past, it involved three days of cooking. My biggest guest count was 21 people. These days, I have a smaller group to cook for and create a much simpler menu. No matter the number, the day is always joyful for me. A time to enjoy family and friends and bring them together to laugh, relax, and feast.

cranberry sauce cooking in a pot

This cranberry sauce takes about 10 minutes to make. There's something incredibly satisfying about watching the cranberries gently cook in a saucepan and then slowly start popping.  I always make this dish a few days before Thanksgiving. It will keep well in the refrigerator for a week.  After Thanksgiving, you can smear a little (or a lot) of sauce on your turkey sandwich.

cranberry oranges ginger and sugar on a sheet pan

What You'll Need

  • 1 bag of fresh cranberries
  • Sugar
  • Fresh ginger
  • Oranges

wet cranberries in a collandar

Recipe Tips


  1. Choose bags of cranberries that are firm. Make sure to discard any berries that are brown or bruised. Don't purchase any bags that have moldy or soft berries.
  2. Make sure to wash your cranberries well before cooking them.
  3. You can refrigerate fresh cranberries for up to a month in their original plastic bag.


  1. Avoid zesting the white pith.  The taste is unpleasant and will make your sauce bitter.


  1. An easy way to peel ginger is with a spoon.  Use the edge of a spoon to scrape off the skin.  You'll avoid wasting ginger that would be cut away using a knife.

cranberry sauce in a bowl and on a spoon

Cranberry Sauce

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy side dish, make ahead side dish, Thanksgiving side dish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 401 kcal
Author: Lisa Marie Todd

This Homemade Cranberry Sauce is made with fresh orange and ginger. It's easy to make and is delicious on turkey sandwiches.



  • 1 package fresh cranberries
  • 3/4  cup  Sugar
  • teaspoons  Fresh ginger
  • 1/2  teaspoon  grated orange peel
  • cup  Fresh orange juice


  1. Rinse the cranberries well. In a medium saucepan, combine the cranberries, sugar, ginger, orange zest and orange juice. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat, uncovered until the cranberries pop. Reduce to a low heat and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Stir once or twice while simmering. Let cool, then transfer sauce to a dish or server and cover.

  3. The cranberry sauce will keep for a week, stored in a covered container in the refrigerator.

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Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one cup.

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 401
% Daily Value*
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 257mg7%
Carbohydrates 102g34%
Sugar 98g109%
Vitamin A 235IU5%
Vitamin C 60.8mg74%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


I would love to know if you made any substitutions and switched it up to put your spin on this recipe. Snap a pic and post it to Instagram. Tag @lisamarietodd and hashtag #anappetizinglife. Enjoy!

Note: This post was originally published in December 2017 and has been updated.




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