Made with whole berries and fresh orange juice, this sweet and tart cranberry sauce recipe is so much better than the canned stuff you’ll find on store shelves. I love its beautiful, garnet-colored hue how easy it is to make. Plus, it can be whipped up in advance to make meal prep easier on Thanksgiving.
My family loves it paired with gluten-free stuffing on the big day, and also for spreading on leftover turkey sandwiches later on.
Of course, if your family prefers jellied cranberry sauce made with wholesome ingredients, I’ve got that covered, too.
Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce Recipe
- 3 cups fresh cranberries (about 12 ounces)
- ½ cup orange juice (freshly squeezed)
- ⅔ cup honey
- Place cranberries, orange juice, and honey in a small pot or saucepan. Bring to a simmer and then reduce to low/medium heat for 15 minutes, or until the cranberries burst and the sauce starts to thicken.
- When your mixture has been simmering for about 15-20 minutes, draw a large spoon across the bottom of the pan. What you're looking for is "lag time" – if it’s ready it should take a couple of seconds to refill after you draw your spoon through. When the homemade cranberry sauce is ready, remove it from heat and transfer to an airtight container (preferably glass). Refrigerate until it sets. It will thicken more as it cools.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I add orange zest to the recipe?
Yes, you can add 1 teaspoon when you add all the other ingredients to the saucepan if you’d like to accentuate the orange flavor. My family prefers it without orange zest so I leave it out.
How far can I make this in advance?
One to two days is best.
Have a question I didn’t cover? Please leave it in the comments below!
Want more delicious Thanksgiving recipes?
Here are a few of my favorites . . .
Gluten-Free “Cornbread” Recipe – This “cornbread” is so satisfying that I that I don’t even miss regular cornbread. Actually, I think I like this recipe better because it’s pretty much mistake-proof.
Broccoli Salad – Although not a traditional side dish, this is one of my personal faves for Thanksgiving.
Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes” – I started making these cauliflower mashed “potatoes” when my family was on a healing protocol. We’ve reintroduced potatoes now, but we still LOVE this recipe!
French Green Bean Casserole With Crispy Shallots from The Urban Poser – If you love green bean casserole but can’t do store-bought crispy fried onions (which are made with wheat flour), Jenni’s recipe has got you covered.
Whole berry cranberry sauce or jellied – which one is your favorite?