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overhead view of cranberry orange sauce

Cranberry Orange Sauce

Made with only five simple ingredients, this homemade Cranberry Orange Sauce is a must for your holiday menu. Bursting with flavour from the fresh juicy cranberries and orange juice, this sauce is the perfect balance of sweet and tart.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberry sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 People
Calories 135kcal


  • 1 pound fresh cranberries rinsed with cold water
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Orange zest for garnish


  • In a medium saucepan, add the cranberries, orange juice, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
    cranberry orange sauce ingredients in a pot
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the sauce gets thick. You may notice a popping sound. This is just the cranberries popping and it’s totally normal.
    cranberry orange sauce in a pot
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and let cool down for 5 minutes. Then transfer to a bowl and place it in the refrigerator. When it’s time to serve, garnish with orange zest.
    overhead view of cranberry orange sauce


Serving: 1/6 | Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 27g