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Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Cranberry sauce recipe served in bowl garnished with orange zest
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!
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $3-$5
Keyword: cranberry sauce
Calories: 88 kcal
Servings: 10 people (makes 2 1/2 cups cranberry sauce)

Ingredients

  • 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 lightly packed, from the same orange*
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 12 oz cranberries fresh or frozen

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine 2/3 cup honey, 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup orange juice, 1 tsp orange 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.

Recipe 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. Don't use more than 1 tsp or it overwhelms the sauce.