The Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This is THE BEST homemade cranberry sauce! It is super easy to make and way surpasses the canned version in flavor. Add this as a side dish to your Thanksgiving or holiday table!

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? I'm not. I mean, I'm excited for it but I'm not ready. There is much to be done. By tomorrow. Did I mention that we are hosting? And that we still have boxes everywhere? And that I haven't started cleaning? In order to further avoid getting started, I'm taking a moment to help YOU out! This cranberry sauce is super easy to make and tastes way way way better than the stuff in the can that jiggles and slurps into the bowl. Please put this side dish on your menu so I can feel like my procrastination was worth something.

In all seriousness, I truly hope that you have a fabulous Thanksgiving, filled with love, people, family, friends and delicious food! Enjoy the cranberries and enjoy the rest of your week!

The Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce

These cranberries are SO EASY to make and so much tastier than the canned version!

Contributed by Megan Porta from

Published Nov 23, 2016

Serves: 8

Total time: 15 min, plus chilling time



  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 12-oz. package cranberries, rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  1. Pour orange juice into a medium saucepan over high heat and add sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Add cranberries and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer over medium-low heat. Simmer for 10 minutes or until cranberries burst.
  2. Add cinnamon and nutmeg and mix well. Remove from heat and let cool. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator until ready to serve!