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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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This is a very easy classic homemade cranberry sauce recipe. It’s sweet (but not too sweet) and slightly sour than lemon, which I think makes all the difference. It takes 3 minutes prep time and 20 minutes oven time – very low maintenance!

Cranberry Sauce


I tried the cranberry sauce I bought at the grocery store years ago and it immediately made me love it. It tastes… like jam. I can coat the turkey with strawberry jam!

I hadn’t decided to try cranberry sauce until I started preparing a roast turkey for the weekend…
You know what? Homemade cranberry sauce is amazing! This place is not like a mall. Tastes like cranberry (shock horror)!


The obvious answer ↑↑↑ : Türkiye! But there are many other options. It’s sweet and sour, so it’s perfect as a hot sauce for things like scones, French toast, or pancakes. Or make a vanilla sponge cake topped with jam and whipped cream.

Since it is slightly sour, it goes well with salty foods.
For Christmas, I work with glazed roast ham, turkey stacked sandwiches (whole turkey roast, slow cooker, or roast turkey breast) or cold cut sandwiches (ham, turkey, shank chicken slices).
Try it on a toasted sandwich with
Brie – what a combination! Use it to make cranberry bars (replace the raspberry jam in this raspberry jam bars recipe) or mix it in as a substitute for blueberries in muffins or muffins, such as liquid muffins.

in short – your only limit is your imagination!


A good cranberry sauce requires just cranberries (sold frozen, along with other frozen fruits), sugar, water, and I like to add a little lemon zest, which I think gives a bit of an edge. It elevates the taste and gives a sense of freshness that will have your family and friends asking what the secret is!

Sometimes I use orange zest – when I use both. Everything is great, but lemon is my indispensable recipe!

I like to be able to control the sweetness of the sauce according to my taste.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This is a very easy classic homemade cranberry sauce recipe. It's sweet (but not too sweet) and slightly sour than lemon, which I think makes all the difference. It takes 3 minutes prep time and 20 minutes oven time - very low maintenance!
prep time
10 mins
cooking time
15 mins
total time
25 mins



  • 16 oz / 500g bag frozen cranberries (or fresh)

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1/3 cup water

  • 1/8 tsp lemon zest

  • Pinch of salt


Toss the cranberries into a saucepan over medium-low heat. Remove a bunch of 1/2 cup cranberries and set aside.
Add more content. Cook for 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Medium-high heat.
Cook for 10 minutes or until most of the cranberries burst and the liquid is syrupy.
Lower the heat and add the special cranberries. Adjust the sweetness to your taste, add sugar and a pinch of salt.
Refrigerate and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
It is best consumed at room temperature or warm. Serve with turkey soup or slow-cooked turkey breast or grilled chicken breast.


Adjust the consistency to your taste with hot water. I like to make jam with some syrup instead of jam. The meal is per person, for example 10 servings. If you still have gravy as a sauce option for your turkey, it takes an extra step.
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