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Cranberry Sauce

Classic cranberry sauce is so easy to make. It's a million times better than the canned stuff. This is perfectly spiced with the most delicious hint of vanilla and orange.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Thanksgiving
Servings: 8 people
Cost: $5


  • 1 medium saucepan
  • 1 silicon spatula


  • 1 (12-ounce) bag of fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • Juice from 1 orange about 3 to 4 tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger (from 1/2-inch knob of ginger)
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  • In a medium saucepan, set over medium heat, add the cranberries.
  • Zest the orange and add the zest to the cranberries.
  • Squeeze in the orange juice, along with all of the other ingredients.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes, until the cranberries have burst and the sauce has reduced slightly. Give it a taste (be careful, it'll be hot!) and adjust the seasonings. You may want it to be a bit sweeter.
  • Remove the cinnamon stick and discard. Transfer to the refrigerator to chill. The cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.
  • Keeps in the fridge when stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


To Make Ahead: 
This recipe is great to make-ahead. Make the recipe in its entirety and transfer to an airtight container. When completely cool, place a lid on it and keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat, if you like, over low heat and serve. 
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Calories: 86kcal