Fresh Whole Cranberry Sauce

This sweetly tart fresh whole cranberry sauce is vegan, vegetarian and super easy to make. It only takes a few minutes and can be made up to 3 days in advance!

Fresh Whole Cranberry Sauce

Fresh Whole Cranberry Sauce

(Courtesy: Jacqueline Letouneau)
Course Side Dish
Servings 5
Calories 175 kcal


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups fresh cranberries (12 oz)
  • ½ tsp finely chopped or grated orange zest


  • Bring water and sugar to a boil in a saucepan stirring until sugar is melted.
  • Add cranberries and simmer for 10 - 12 minutes or until cranberries pop and liquid just begins to thicken.
  • Stir in zest, cover and cool.
  • Hack: Fresh or frozen cranberries will work equally well in this recipe.
  • Hack: Store sauce in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze leftovers in a tightly covered freezer-safe containerfor up to 3 months.
  • Hack: To easily zest a whole orange, use a vegetable peeler. Lay any leftover zest in a single layer and freeze. Store, tightly wrapped, in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  • Hack: Puree the orange in the blender for use in recipes such as cakes, cookies or bread. 1 orange yield about ¼ cup, which can be sealed in a bag and stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Hack:  Fresh cranberries are only between October and December, which is why they’re such a holiday favorite!  Take advantage of that time window to buy a few extra bags for your freezer.  Did you miss your chance?  Check the freezer section of the supermarket where you're likely to find some in with the berry section.
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Did you know? People call cranberries a superfood for good reason: They have all kinds of health-boosting benefits.

Suggestion: Use this cranberry sauce to make Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast or Cranberry Jalapeño Dip.

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