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Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce with only 3 Ingredients!

3-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce Recipe

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  • Author: Brandie Valenzuela
  • Yield: 2 1/4 cups 1x


This Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe is easy to make and only needs 3 ingredients!



1 orange, medium size
Water (amount varies)
1 cup granulated sugar
12 ounces fresh cranberries; rinsed, inspected, and drained
Pinch of salt (optional)


Remove any produce stickers on the outside of the orange and rinse the orange. Zest the orange to get as much orange zest as the orange allows. This amount will vary, but 1 teaspoons is great. Set the zest aside until later.

Cut the zested orange in half and juice it. Pour the juice into a 1 cup measuring cup (it won’t fill the cup). Add water to the orange juice in the measuring cup until you have 1 full cup of liquid.

In a medium sauce pan, combine the 1 cup of orange juice/water and the sugar. Add the cranberries and bring everything to a boil. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer until the cranberries being to burst, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes. If less whole berries are desired, press the cranberries with the back of your cooking spoon. Remove from the heat and stir in the pinch of salt and most of the orange zest, reserving a pinch for sprinkling on top.

Pour the cranberry sauce into a bowl or small serving dish. Sprinkle the top with the remaining orange zest. Cover and cool at room temperature. Once cooled, refrigerate until ready to serve.


–You can skip the orange zest, if you prefer, or if you don’t have a zester.

–The orange in this recipe can be completely omitted, if you prefer. Simply use 1 cup of water instead of the orange juice/water combo.

  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
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