Learn how to make cranberry sauce from scratch using fresh berries. The recipe is so simple and easy to follow with a list of few ingredients. This cranberry sauce recipe has the right ratio of sweet and tart notes.

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Any berry sauce is a perfect way to add that extra zest to cooked meat dishes. However, only cranberry has that special sourness that is a delicious addition to baked meat. In a way, it helps to neutralize the taste of too fatty dishes. I love this sauce on a festive table also for its bright color and distinct intense flavor. All these reasons make homemade cranberry sauce a perfect Thanksgiving option.

Over the years, I have learned that the key tip to making perfect cranberry sauce is to choose berries wisely. Try to pick ripe cranberries of good quality without any visible damage. An unripe berry will give the sauce a pronounced bitterness. Use honey and orange juice instead of sugar for more tender and unique sweetness in the sauce. If you have no excess to fresh berries, frozen will be a good option, too. As they are available during the whole year.

My top recipes to have with cranberry sauce:

Cranberry Sauce Ingredients:

Cranberry Sauce Ingredients

  • 250 g fresh cranberries;
  • 2 tbsps. honey;
  • 1 onion, small;
  • 2 tbsps. olive oil;
  • 1 tsp. orange zest;
  • Freshly squeezed juice of a half of the orange;

How to make cranberry sauce with fresh berries:

  • Peel the onion and chop it into the smallest pieces. Take a saucepan (preferably) or a small pot and heat olive oil on the stove. Add chopped onion and sauté it for 5 minutes on the medium heat until soft and translucency.

Saute onion for 5 minutes

  • Rinse cranberry under running water using a colander. Add it to the saucepan with sautéed onion.

Add rinsed cranberries

  • Mix onion with cranberry and let them cook in the pan for several minutes.

Mix

  • Rinse orange; divide it into two parts. Use one-half for grating the orange peel. Add a teaspoon of zest to the saucepan and squeeze juice out of the other half of the orange to the saucepan, too. Mix everything thoroughly.

Add orange zest and orange juice

  • Lower the heat to minimum and cook cranberry sauce for 20 minutes. Stir the mixture occasionally. Some of the berries will soften and burst, some will remain intact. Add honey at the very end.

Cook for 20 minutes on the low heat

  • Let the sauce cool down before serving. Better enjoyed with meat and fish!

Cranberry Sauce Recipe for Thanksgiving

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You can store cranberry sauce for several days in the fridge under the tight lid (better use glass or ceramic food containers). Cranberry sauce is one of the favorites to serve when we are having meat at the table. So, I am really happy that I finally got the chance to share my version of the Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce Recipe with you.

Easy Cranberry Sauce Recipe with Orange

Learn how to make this tasty cranberry sauce right for the holidays!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, cranberry sauce recipe, cranberry sauce with orange, easy cranberry sauce recipe, how to make cranberry sauce at home
Servings: 8 portions
Calories: 153kcal

Ingredients

  • 250 g fresh cranberries
  • 2 tbsps. honey
  • 1 onion small
  • 2 tbsps. oilve oil
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • Freshly squeezed juice of a half of the orange

Instructions

  • Peel the onion and chop it into the smallest pieces. Take a saucepan (preferably) or a small pot and heat olive oil on the stove. Add chopped onion and sauté it for 5 minutes on the medium heat until soft and translucency.
  • Rinse cranberry under running water using a colander. Add it to the saucepan with sautéed onion.
  • Mix onion with cranberry and let them cook in the pan for several minutes.
  • Rinse orange; divide it into two parts. Use one-half for grating the orange peel. Add a teaspoon of zest to the saucepan and squeeze juice out of the other half of the orange to the saucepan, too. Mix everything thoroughly.
  • Lower the heat to minimum and cook cranberry sauce for 20 minutes. Stir the mixture occasionally. Some of the berries will soften and burst, some will remain intact. Add honey at the very end.
  • Let the sauce cool down before serving. Better enjoyed with meat and fish!

Notes

*calories per 100 g

I hope that you will like the recipe. If you have any other spins of the recipe, please, share them in the comment section below. I will be really eager to try them.

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