Cranberry Sauce Recipe with Orange & Honey

Cranberry sauce with orange, cinnamon and honey. There's no match for homemade cranberry sauce! Cranberry relish bursting with real juicy cranberries. | natashaskitchen.com

This cranberry sauce is infused with orange and cinnamon and sweetened with honey. It has real cranberry texture, unlike what you get out of a can. This one is bursting with bites of sweet, tangy cranberries. Make this once and you’ll quickly realize store-bought is no match for homemade cranberry sauce!

The honey gives this cranberry relish a boost of flavor and makes the sauce healthier than using sugar. This recipe has all natural, unprocessed ingredients.

This is one of the easiest side-dishes you’ll make but Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without it! Bonus: you can make it ahead to take a little pressure off the biggest cooking day of the year!

Cranberry sauce with orange, cinnamon and honey. There's no match for homemade cranberry sauce! Cranberry relish bursting with real juicy cranberries. | natashaskitchen.com

This recipe is EASY and comes together quickly. It takes just 10 minutes for the sauce to form. If you have never tried homemade, you are in for a deliciously easy treat! As the sauce cools, it thickens and becomes spreadable – perfect for the Thanksgiving turkey, with pork tenderloin, chicken, ham… That combination of sweet and savory is irresistible.

Ingredients for Cranberry Sauce with Honey:

2/3 cup honey, or add to taste
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup orange juice (freshly squeezed from 1 large orange)
1 tsp orange zest (from the same orange)*
1 cinnamon stick
12 oz cranberries (fresh or frozen)

Cranberry sauce with orange, cinnamon and honey. There's no match for homemade cranberry sauce! Cranberry relish bursting with real juicy cranberries. | natashaskitchen.com

*Pro Zesting Tips: Zest the orange before juicing it (it’s much easier!). When zesting, be sure you only remove the orange peel and not the white portion underneath which can make your sauce taste bitter. Don’t go crazy with the zest. Using more than a teaspoon can overwhelm the sauce. In a pickle, if you only have store-bought orange juice, you can omit the zest and it will still work well.

How to Make Cranberry Sauce with Honey:

1. In a medium saucepan, combine 2/3 cup honey, 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup fresh orange juice, 1 tsp orange zest and 1 cinnamon stick. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the honey.

2. Add 12 oz cranberries and bring to a boil. Once it is boiling, adjust the heat to keep at a low boil and cook 10 minutes uncovered, stirring occasionally. The cranberries will burst and sauce will begin to thicken. A minute or so before turning off the heat, taste for sweetness and add more honey if you like a sweeter sauce. Keep in mind the sauce will thicken quite a bit when it cools.

3. Remove from heat, discard cinnamon stick and cool cranberry sauce completely to room temperature then refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cranberry sauce with orange, cinnamon and honey. There's no match for homemade cranberry sauce! Cranberry relish bursting with real juicy cranberries. | natashaskitchen.com

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Cranberry Sauce Recipe with Honey

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This cranberry sauce is infused with orange and cinnamon and sweetened with honey. Cranberry relish bursting with bites of sweet, tangy cranberries. Store-bought is no match for homemade cranberry sauce!
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Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: $3-$5
Serving: 2½ cups cranberry sauce

Ingredients

  • ⅔ cup honey, or add to taste
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup orange juice (freshly squeezed from 1 large orange)
  • 1 tsp orange zest (from the same orange)*
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 12 oz cranberries (fresh or frozen)

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine ⅔ cup honey, ¼ cup water, ¼ cup orange juice, 1 tsp zest and 1 cinnamon stick. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring to dissolve honey.
  2. Add 12 oz cranberries and bring to a boil. Once boiling, adjust heat to keep at a low boil and cook 10 minutes uncovered, stirring occasionally. Cranberries will burst and sauce will begin to thicken. A minute or so before turning off the heat, taste for sweetness and add more honey to taste for a sweeter sauce. Keep in mind the sauce will thicken when it cools.
  3. Remove from heat, discard cinnamon stick and cool cranberry sauce to room temperature then refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

*Zest the orange before juicing it (it's much easier!). Be sure you only zest the orange peel and not the white portion which can make the sauce bitter.

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Cranberry sauce with orange, cinnamon and honey. There's no match for homemade cranberry sauce! Cranberry relish bursting with real juicy cranberries. | natashaskitchen.com

If you’re looking for more Thanksgiving menu ideas, check out all of our Thanksgiving recipes here.

P.S. I am truly thankful for you, my readers, whether you just stumbled up on my blog today or have been following along since 2009 when this blog was born, I truly appreciate you. Because of you, my husband and I can do what we love to wake up to daily. We have especially been blessed to hear how our recipes have blessed your families, nourished your children and impressed your parents! This Thanksgiving, we are thanking God for you :).

Q: Do you  have a special cranberry sauce you make every year? I’d love to hear about it. If you haven’t started that tradition, I invite you to try this recipe and hope it becomes a new favorite for you and your loved ones. Have a beautiful and memorable Thanksgiving!

Cranberry sauce with orange, cinnamon and honey. There's no match for homemade cranberry sauce! Cranberry relish bursting with real juicy cranberries. | natashaskitchen.com

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  • December 7, 2017

    I made this recipe with about 5 oz of cranberries (I used the rest of the bag to make Orange Cranberry Bread), and I scaled the rest of the ingredients accordingly. Wow…so good! I love that I don’t have to use processed sugar. This is going to be my go-to cranberry sauce recipe from now on! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 7, 2017

      I’m happy to hear how much you enjoy the recipe Tammy! Thanks for sharing your excellent review! Reply

  • Ellen K
    November 27, 2017

    Made this for thanksgiving this year and it was a huge hit! I also added a granny smith apple and it turned out great. Definitely will make this one again. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 27, 2017

      I’m glad to hear the recipe is such a success. Thanks for sharing your fantastic review Ellen! Reply

  • Simona
    November 24, 2017

    And I forgot to give it 5 stars. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 24, 2017

      Awesome, thanks! 😃 Reply

  • Simona
    November 24, 2017

    I made it for Thanksgiving,and it was awesome. i’ve always made my own cranberry sauce since I cannot stand the store bought but this one is so yummy and not too sweet. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 24, 2017

      I’m happy to hear how much you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review Simona! Reply

  • Yvonne
    November 23, 2017

    I made this today and YUM! Such a hit. My hubby says it’s a 6 out of 5 star recipe! Thanks for sharing and for making our Thanksgiving just a little brighter. Oh yeah, I didn’t have cinnamon stix, so used a 1/4 tsp of cinnamon. Delish. Thanks for sharing. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 24, 2017

      You’re welcome Yvonne! I’m happy to hear the recipe is a HIT! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review! Reply

  • Kaya
    November 23, 2017

    Made this tonight for Thanksgiving ..and my husband and kids loved it! We’re officially done with the canned version! This so so easy and so much better! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 24, 2017

      I’m happy to hear the recipe is a HIT!!! Thanks for sharing your excellent review Kaya! Reply

  • Daniela Melamed
    November 23, 2017

    HI natsha, it looks delish, but how many people does it serve?

    Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 23, 2017

      Hi Daniela, this makes 2 1/2 cups of sauce so it should feed 8-12 depending on how much everyone loves cranberry sauce! 🙂 Reply

      • Daniela Melamed
        November 23, 2017

        Thanks again! Reply

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