Quick and Easy Cranberry Sauce for Thanksgiving

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Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, try this quick and easy cranberry sauce recipe for your Thanksgiving dinner this year.


  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 12 oz fresh cranberries


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the sugar and orange juice and simmer until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Adjust to medium-high heat, stir in the cranberries, bring them to a slow boil until you start to hear them pop, and reduce the heat. This should take about 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Remove them from the heat, transfer them to a bowl, and let them cool. If your cranberry sauce looks too watery, don’t worry. The sauce will thicken as it cools. Once cooled, the sauce should have the consistency of a good jam.
  4. After the sauce has cooled, top with slivers of the orange peel or orange zest. It really does add such great flavor and the orange against the red, looks really pretty.


You can make this recipe a day ahead and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can also make it a week or two ahead and freeze it. Then transfer it from the freezer to the refrigerator the night before serving and it should thaw overnight. Simply reheat before serving or serve at room temperature.