A white bowl filled with cranberry sauce.

Cranberry Sauce

This simple Cranberry sauce has three ingredients, takes 20 minutes, and can be made days ahead. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Cranberries, Cranberry Sauce
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 6 - 8 servings
Author Natalie


  • 1 (16 ounce) package of fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked over
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup frozen concentrated orange juice


  • In a 2 quart saucepan, combine all the ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce to a simmer and cook until the cranberries pop, about 15 minutes. Mixture will start to thicken.
  • Serve as is if a chunky consistency is desired.
  • If a smooth consistency is desired, pass through a fine sieve. Alternatively, you can use a high performance blender or an immersion blender to pulverize the sauce until smooth.
  • Allow to cool before serving. The cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.
  • This sauce can be made up to 5 days ahead and refrigerated.