The Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce

You need this recipe, trust me. Cranberry sauce is really satisfying to make. You start with a bag of whole berries and in just a few minutes, it’s an elegant sauce. It looks like magic as the ruby jewels burst open one by one.

The Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe | The Rose Table

The Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe | The Rose Table

This is the ultimate cranberry sauce recipe, combining freshly squeezed orange juice, orange zest, lemon zest, and vanilla extract. But don’t fret – it’s just as good in savory dishes as it is in sweet!

The Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe | The Rose Table

The Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe | The Rose Table
A whole bag of cranberries about to turn into magic
The Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe | The Rose Table
Turning into sauce

Make a batch and keep it in your fridge all throughout the holidays, or use half to make my Cranberry Brie Bites. I love cranberry sauce with turkey and chicken, spread on a sandwich, spooned on top of waffles, and paired with brie or cream cheese in numerous appetizers. Be creative and let me know how you use cranberry sauce in a comment!

The Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe | The Rose Table

Without further ado, here’s how to make my homemade cranberry sauce!

The Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe | The Rose Table

The Rose Table’s Cranberry Sauce
1 12-oz bag fresh cranberries
2/3 cup each freshly squeezed orange juice and water
2 tsp grated orange zest
1 Tbsp lemon zest
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla

  1. In a medium saucepan, boil cranberries, 2/3 cup orange juice, and 2/3 water for three minutes.
  2. Add orange zest, lemon zest, and sugar; return to a boil. Cook two minutes or until most of the cranberries have cooked down.
  3. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.
  4. Pour into a container and cover surface directly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until cold.

Watch me make it:

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Watch me make it as part of my Cranberry Brie Bites episode:

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10 Comments Add yours

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  2. Ariella says:

    I made this last year for Thanksgiving and it’s AMAZING. I wasn’t a fan of cranberry sauce until this recipe and now I plan to make it every year!

    1. Katie-Rose Watson says:

      That is the greatest compliment!! I’m so glad you loved it. ❤️

  3. Rose says:

    Just made it tonight along with the Brie Bites and it is absolutely to die for ❤️🥰

    1. Katie-Rose Watson says:

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thanks for taking the time to write a comment too. 🙂

  4. Susan Tipton says:

    How much brie do yoi need to make the 18 bites? Can’t wait to try these. Thank you.

    1. Katie-Rose Watson says:

      Great question! I used about one good-sized wedge of Brie exactly. You could easily double this recipe, as my cranberry sauce makes more than enough for several batches. (I typically use leftover thanksgiving cranberry sauce to make these bites during the holiday season.)

  5. Catherine Cicero says:

    Excited to make these for Christmas. How far ahead can you make them and can you freeze them?

    1. Katie-Rose Watson says:

      You don’t need to freezer cranberry sauce! It lasts for weeks. You can make the sauce now and it’ll be just fine for Christmas. 🙂 Happy holidays!

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