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 adieu, 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.

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The Best Cranberry Sauce Recipe

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

Happy holidays,

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