Classic Fresh Cranberry Sauce

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.

Classic Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Classic Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Yield: about 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

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.


  • 12 ounces fresh whole cranberries (about 3 cups)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 or 4 strips fresh orange peel


  1. 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.
  2. 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.


Recipe Notes:

Cranberry sauce can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 3 days.