Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

I love the strong, bold , beautiful color of cranberries, and the sweet and tart taste of homemade cranberry sauce with my Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey tastes so much better than store bought. This easy homemade cranberry sauce is ready in 15 minutes and you only need 3 ingredients!

The flavor is so much better with fresh cranberries and you can customize the sweetness level to your liking. Once you try this easy homemade cranberry sauce, you’ll never go back to the store bought stuff!


1 cup water

1 cup granulated sugar

3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

*Optional: a sprinkle of cinnamon


1. The first step is to dissolve the sugar. Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a medium pot.

2.Add the cranberries and return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. The cranberries are simmered with sugar and water until the cranberries burst. Adding a sprinkle of cinnamon will add a pop to the flavour.

3. Pour the sauce into a bowl, cover and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes 2 1/4 cups ( 565 ml)


This is a basic cranberry sauce recipe, but you can add all different ingredients to cranberry sauce to customize it to your liking.

  • Brown Sugar Cranberry Sauce: Substitute brown sugar for the granulated sugar.
  • Cranberry Orange Sauce: Use orange juice instead of water and stir in 2 teaspoons of orange zest.
  • Vanilla Cranberry Sauce: Add one split vanilla bean to the sauce and let it sit overnight in the fridge.
  • Cranberry Cherry Sauce: Add 1 cup of chopped frozen dark cherries to the sauce.
  • Cranberry Apple Sauce: Use apple cider instead of water and add 1 diced peeled apple to the sauce.

What to do with Leftover Cranberry Sauce

I usually don’t have very much cranberry sauce left over, but if I do it tastes great on:

1. Turkey buns

2. Cranberry meatballs

3. Pour it over a block of cream cheese and serve with crackers

4. Swirl it into vanilla yogurt and and top your granola with it

5. Top your pancakes or waffles with a big spoon of warmed cranberry sauce. And a dollop of sweetened whipped cream

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