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Cranberry Orange Sauce

Easy homemade cranberry orange sauce with fresh cranberries, orange, cinnamon and cloves.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberry sauce, homemade cranberry sauce, orange cranberry sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 82kcal
Author Kelly Wildenhaus | the hungry bluebird


  • 1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries, rinsed
  • 1 orange, zest cut into strips and juiced about 8 strips of zest
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole cloves


  • Put cranberries, strips of orange zest, juice from orange, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon stick and cloves in a medium saucepan and set over medium heat. Stir to combine and bring to a steady simmer.
  • Continue simmering and stirring until cranberries start to burst and sauce thickens, about 10 - 15 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick and cloves and serve room temp. Or cool and refrigerate. Enjoy!


  • I zest the orange in strips and use about 8 strips in the recipe, more or less.  You could also just zest an orange the regular way.
  • You can freeze fresh cranberries as well as the finished cranberry sauce in air-tight containers. They'll keep for several months.


Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 38IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg