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3-Ingredient Orange Cranberry Sauce

by Capri Lilly

Orange Cranberry Sauce. There is no need for canned cranberry sauce, especially when you can make it in less than fifteen minutes and with 3 simple ingredients! This delicious, healthy cranberry sauce recipe is sweetened naturally with orange juice and maple syrup. It is completely gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free!

Pair this cranberry sauce with my Spatchcock Roasted Turkey or Buttermilk Roasted Chicken for a flavorsome meal!

Orange Cranberry Sauce in a bowl with a gold spoon. Red cloth and persimmon in top left corner of image

Making homemade cranberry sauce from scratch is incredibly easy! After you try it once, it’ll be hard to go back to the premade version! This cranberry sauce is the perfect addition to your holiday meal. Serve it alongside turkey, mashed potatoes, cornbread, stuffing, or your favorite holiday dishes.

Here’s What You Need To Make This Homemade Orange Cranberry Sauce Recipe

  • Cranberries: You can use fresh or frozen cranberries. (I prefer to use frozen)
  • Oranges: You will need orange juice and orange zest. Make sure to zest the orange before you juice it.
  • Maple Syrup: This recipe is perfectly sweetened with maple syrup. It gives the cranberry sauce a rich flavor! Make sure to use pure maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
  • Optional: If you like cranberry sauce with orange AND cinnamon, you can add cinnamon to the sauce while it is cooking! The cinnamon gives the sauce a warm, festive flavor.
Orange Cranberry Sauce in a bowl with a gold spoon. Red cloth, pomegranate, and part of turkey  in top left corner of image

How To Make Orange Cranberry Sauce

To make the orange cranberry sauce, simply add the ingredients (except the orange zest) to a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Bring the saucepan to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer the cranberries for 10 minutes, or until most of the cranberries have burst. Finally, mix in the orange zest and remove the cranberry sauce from the heat and allow the cranberry sauce to cool. The cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.

sliced turkey breast with orange cranberry sauce on top. bowl of homemade orange cranberry sauce in the bottom right corner

What To Serve With Orange Cranberry Sauce

Or course, you can serve your cranberry sauce the traditional way with Thanksgiving Turkey, but there are tons of other ways too! Take that turkey, and with mayo, bread, and cranberry sauce, you can make a spectacular sandwich! You can also serve your cranberry sauce with these dishes:

Orange Cranberry Sauce in a bowl with a gold spoon. Red cloth and persimmon in top left corner of image

I hope you enjoy this 3-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce Recipe

If you try the recipe, don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below! Take pictures, tag #goodfoodbaddie, and share them with me on Instagram! I love seeing my recipes come to life in your kitchen.

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5 from 5 votes

Orange Cranberry Sauce

Orange Cranberry Sauce. There is no need for canned cranberry sauce, especially when you can make it in less than fifteen minutes and with 3 simple ingredients! This delicious, healthy cranberry sauce recipe is sweetened naturally with orange juice and maple syrup. It is completely gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry, cranberry sauce, cranberry sauce for turkey, cranberry sauce no sugar, orange cranberry sauce, vegan cranberry sauce
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 131kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 12 oz Fresh or Frozen Cranberries
  • 3/4 cup Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
  • 4 tbsp Maple Syrup, plus more if desired
  • 2 tsp Orange Zest

Optional

  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon (or 2 cinnamon sticks)
  • 1/4 tsp Ground allspice

Instructions

  • Add the orange juice, cranberries, and maple syrup (and any optional add-ins) to a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the saucepan to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
  • Simmer the cranberries for 10 minutes, or until most of the cranberries have burst.
  • Finally, mix in the orange zest and remove the cranberry sauce from the heat. Taste, and adjust as desired: adding more maple syrup to cut any bitterness. Allow the cranberry sauce to cool. The cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools. Serve & Enjoy!

Notes

Store any leftover cranberry sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

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10 comments

Mirlene November 22, 2021 - 11:57 pm

5 stars
Just in time for Thanksgiving! I needed an easy yet different kind of cranberry sauce to make this year!

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Capri Lilly November 23, 2021 - 5:06 pm

Hi Mirlene! I hope you enjoy!

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Roxana November 23, 2021 - 12:29 am

5 stars
Perfect timing. I have been looking for this recipe and the consistency is just right the way it looks. The recipe is easy and with pertinent information.

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Capri Lilly November 23, 2021 - 5:06 pm

Hi Roxana! I am happy you enjoy the recipe!

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Lauren Michael Harris November 23, 2021 - 12:35 am

5 stars
This is so much better than canned cranberry sauce! I love the added spices to give it more warmth. There won’t ever be leftover cranberry sauce now!

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Capri Lilly November 23, 2021 - 5:07 pm

YES! I am glad you think so. No more canned cranberry sauce!! Thanks for leaving a review!

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Amanda Dixon November 23, 2021 - 12:40 am

5 stars
What a great cranberry sauce recipe! It’s so simple to make and fresh tasting. Perfect holiday side dish!

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Capri Lilly November 23, 2021 - 5:07 pm

Thanks Amanda!

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Gina November 23, 2021 - 1:26 am

5 stars
It’s amazing how delicious cranberry sauce can be with such few ingredients!

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Capri Lilly November 23, 2021 - 2:37 am

Right! It doesn’t take much to make a great cranberry sauce! I am glad you liked the recipe 🙂

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