Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Orange Juice

Homemade cranberry sauce with orange juice, the best sauce to serve with your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey. Ready in just 10 minutes.

Overhead shot of a white bowl of homemade cranberry sauce with orange juice, fresh cranberries scattered around the bowl and a slice of orange

Oranges are cranberries are at their best in the cold season. And if you combine them into a zesty sauce, you know that you have the ultimate cranberry sauce with orange juice. The brown sugar adds the subtle sweet kick, making it the easiest and best sauce you can possibly have over the festive season.

When l was a child, oranges were not easily available in my country, so every time we had oranges, this was such a big thing, the whole house was infused with a christmassy fragrance. And Santa was usually bringing us sweets and bananas and oranges and l was always over the moon.

A white serving bowl of homemade cranberry sauce with orange juice, with cranberries around it and a slice of orange

In Romania winter can be pretty harsh, with temperatures dropping to -30 or so in some party of the country and lots of snow. I remember being extatic every time we had a white Christmas. Those were really happy days. Through baking and cooking traditional dishes,  l get to live again the whole magical Christmas l once had as a child.

Although we do not associate cranberry sauce with the Christmas dinner, this is very popular in the UK and not only.  Any shop would sell fresh or frozen cranberries or cranberry sauce around this time of the year, but making it yourself takes only 10 minutes and it has a lovely sharp citrussy taste.

Why buy a store-bought sauce that is way too sweet and you can hardly taste the fruit in it? Homemade is the best way, plus you can make as much as you need, no need to buy a whole jar if you are going to use less.

If you buy more cranberries and oranges, you can also make a nice batch of Cranberry & orange shortbread cookies, for another festive treat.

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Homemade cranberry sauce with orange juice
Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Orange Juice
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Homemade cranberry sauce with orange juice the best sauce to serve with the Thanksgiving or Christmas Turkey.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: English
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 56 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
  • 250 g fresh cranberries
  • zest and juice from one orange
  • 4 tsp of dark muscovado sugar
  1. Grate the orange and then cut it in half and use a citrus squeezer to squeeze the juice out.
  2. Add the juice and sugar to a pan and simmer for a few minutes until the sugar has disolved.
  3. Tip the cranberries in and simmer for a further 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
  4. Transfer to a bowl and serve cold.
Recipe Notes
  • Click on the US Customary link to see the measurements displayed in cups and ounces.
  • The servings can be adjusted by clicking the number next to Servings.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Orange Juice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 56
% Daily Value*
Sodium 2mg 0%
Potassium 112mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 8g
Vitamin A 2.2%
Vitamin C 31.2%
Calcium 2.1%
Iron 0.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




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  • Reply
    December 24, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Very tasty sauce. Healthy too!

    • Reply
      Daniela Apostol
      December 24, 2015 at 11:38 am

      Thank you very much! Have a very Merry Christmas!

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