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Cranberry orange sauce in a little glass jar with orange zest on top

Cranberry Orange Sauce

Fresh or frozen cranberries, fresh oranges, cinnamon and sugar for a unique twist on holiday favorite.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Calories: 712kcal


  • 16 oz fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 oranges
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  • Place the cranberries and sugar in a saucepan and stir until combined. 
    Zest and juice one orange, adding to the saucepan mixture.
    Peel and slice the second orange into bite size pieces and add to the saucepan mixture, stirring to combine. 
    Place a cinnamon stick on top and cook over medium-low heat for 15 minutes or until cranberries start to pop and the sauce begins to thicken. 
    Remove the cinnamon stick before serving. You can serve this side dish at room temperature, or chilled. 


  1. This side dish is obviously great with turkey, but try it on some bread, yogurt or icecream too!
  2. For a fancy garnish, you can add extra orange zest or orange peels.
  3. ¾ cup sugar may seem like alot but the tart cranberries need the sweetness to mellow them out.
  4. You can adjust the texture of this side dish by using the wooden spoon to mash the berries after they are done cooking. 
  5. Careful, this dish will sputter! You can use a lid if desired or lower the heat a bit. Once all the berries have bursted, cooking will be a lot cleaner!


Calories: 712kcal | Carbohydrates: 184g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 474mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 174g | Vitamin A: 590IU | Vitamin C: 139mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 1mg
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