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Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce Recipe

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. Makes approximately 1½ cups.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Time needed to chill in the refrigerator 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 147kcal
Author Heather Dessinger


  • 3 cups fresh cranberries (about 12 ounces)
  • ½ cup orange juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 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.


Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 71IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg