This is the best homemade cranberry sauce with no sugar! It’s absolutely perfect for your Thanksgiving dinner. It’s so easy to make and can be made ahead of time. Then, it can be stored in the refrigerator so it is ready to go on Thanksgiving day! I love making this cranberry sauce the night before or even a few days before so the flavors have time to develop. Also, I added orange zest and mandarin oranges to this sauce and they perfectly complement the cranberries. It is perfectly balanced and so good! You don’t want to miss this cranberry sauce for your Thanksgiving holiday as I know this will become a tradition around your Thanksgiving table.
How To Make Homemade Cranberry Sauce
To make this easy homemade cranberry sauce, start by zesting an orange. After that, add the fresh cranberries, drained mandarin oranges, salt, water, cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, orange zest, vanilla extract, and sweetener of choice to a saucepan.
Let the ingredients in the saucepan simmer and mash the cranberries once they start to crack.
Then, let the sauce sit in the refrigerator overnight and enjoy!
Notes & Tips For Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce
What Do You Eat Cranberry Sauce With?
Cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving tradition. Usually, it is eaten with turkey and it works well with chicken, ham, and pork. Also, think of it as a jam that can be spread on toast, muffins, greek yogurt, and bread. It’s even delicious warmed up over ice cream or enjoyed as a cranberry tart!
How To Sweeten Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Some sweetener options that work well are brown sugar, regular sugar, honey, maple syrup, or your sugar-free sweetener of choice! Feel free to use any of these to sweeten your cranberry sauce.
Does Cranberry Sauce Have A Lot Of Sugar?
Most store-bought cranberry sauces have a lot of sugar! However, this homemade cranberry sauce can be made sugar-free.
Can Cranberry Sauce Be Made Ahead Of Time?
Yes, the great thing about this homemade cranberry sauce is that it can be made ahead of time! We love making it a few days before Thanksgiving or whenever we want to enjoy it so it is ready to go. It is best to refrigerate cranberry sauce overnight or for at least 2 hours before serving.
How Long Does Homemade Cranberry Sauce Last?
Homemade cranberry orange sauce will last 5-7 days in the refrigerator. Make sure to store it in an air-tight container.
Can Homemade Cranberry Sauce Be Frozen?
Yes, homemade cranberry sauce can be frozen. It will last up to 3 months in a freezer-safe container.
Is Cranberry Sauce Gluten-Free?
Yes, this cranberry sauce is naturally gluten-free.
Is Cranberry Sauce Vegan?
Yes, this cranberry sauce recipe is vegan.
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6 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories53
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 0g 0%
- Cholesterol 0mg 0%
- Sodium 53mg 3%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 2.7g 8%
- Sugars 6.8g
- Protein 0.3g 0%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.