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The Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce

  • Author: Amy
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This is the Best Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce recipe that anyone can make. Healthy, vegan, and it only requires a few simple ingredients like fresh cranberries, maple syrup and orange juice and zest. You can easily make it sugar free or even use frozen cranberries. A Perfect side dish for the holidays.


  • 1lb fresh or frozen cranberries – I used Ocean Spray brand
  • 1 cup of orange juice – store-bought or fresh squeezed
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 
  • The zest of 1 orange


  1. Heat a medium-size pot to medium heat.  Add the cranberries, orange juice, maple syrup, and vanilla to the pot.  Stir and bring it to a boil. 
  2. Cover, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 8 minutes.  The cranberries will start to pop open.  This is supposed to happen and will help the sauce thicken. Watch the pot to make sure it does not boil over. 
  3. After 8 minutes, check the consistency of the sauce.  I like mine a little chunkier so I will mash up some of the remaining whole cranberries with a masher and leave some whole. 
  4. Turn off the heat, transfer the sauce to a serving bowl and top it with the orange zest.
  5. Serve warm, chilled, or at room temperature. 


  1. You can use fresh or frozen cranberries but I think fresh cranberries make this recipe way better.
  2. I used store-bought orange juice but fresh squeezed also works. If you use fresh squeezed then make sure to filter out the pulp first.
  3. To reduce the sugar in this recipe you can sub the maple syrup with 1/4 cup of stevia or 1/2 cup of munkfruit. It will alter the taste a bit but still come out super delicious.
  4. This cranberry sauce can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  5. You can also freeze this cranberry sauce. To freeze: Transfer the cranberry sauce to a mason jar or freezer-friendly containter and freeze for up to a month. Perfect for Thanksgiving since you can make it in advance and have it ready to go on the big day. 
  • Category: Dressings, Dips, and Sauces
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American