Fresh, whole berry cranberry sauce is quick and easy to prepare and has a fresh tangy flavor you simply can’t get from a can. We like to spice ours with a cinnamon stick and some orange peel for extra aromatic flavor.Print
Classic Fresh Cranberry Sauce
Making fresh, whole berry cranberry sauce is easy and quick and it can be made ahead and refrigerated to save time when preparing a holiday meal.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: about 2 cups
- 12 ounces fresh whole cranberries (about 3 cups)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 or 4 strips fresh orange peel
- Combine the water and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the cranberries, cinnamon stick and orange peel. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until the cranberries have “popped” and the mixture has thickened.
- Remove from the heat, cover and allow to cool to room temperature. Remove the cinnamon stick and strips of orange peel. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Cranberry sauce can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 3 days.