Easy Cranberry Sauce

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5 min


10 min


1 1/4 cups

Easy Cranberry Sauce

(Photo: Erik Putz; Food styling by Ashley Denton; Prop styling by Christine Hanlon)

Quick, easy and classic, this cranberry sauce recipe takes only 10 minutes to make.


  • 2 cups frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • orange zest , for garnish (optional)


  1. Combine cranberries with orange juice and sugar in a medium saucepan set over medium-high. Boil, stirring occasionally, until liquid reduces by half, about 5 min.
  2. Mash cranberries with a whisk or potato masher. Continue cooking, stirring often, until sauce thickens to a very loose jam-like consistency, 3 to 5 min. Scrape into a serving bowl and let cool to room temperature. Sprinkle with zest. (Sauce will thicken as it cools.)

Kitchen tip

Sauce can be prepared 2 days in advance and refrigerated.