Easy Cranberry Sauce

Introduction: Easy Cranberry Sauce

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In this Instructable, I will show you how to make cranberry sauce from scratch. This homemade cranberry sauce recipe is incredibly easy to make and much better than the store-bought cranberry sauce. All you need are just a few ingredients. If I can do it, you can do it. Let's get started!

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Follow the super easy steps below or watch the short video tutorial or do both. :)

Step 1: Ingredients and Tools


  • 12 oz fresh cranberries (340g)
  • 1 cup water (237ml) or use orange juice
  • 1 cup sugar (200g)
  • 1/4 tsp salt (1g) optional
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (1g) optional


  • Pot
  • Spoon
  • Bowl

Step 2: Add to Pot

Add the water, sugar, salt, and cranberries to a medium pot.

Step 3: Bring to a Boil

Set the heat to medium, and stir occasionally, until the mixture comes to a boil.

NOTE: The cranberries will pop and crack as they heat up, this is supposed to happen.

Step 4: Simmer and Cinnamon

Once the mixture comes to a boil, turn the heat down to medium-low and allow the cranberry sauce to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. This will allow it to thicken up.

With about 2 minutes to go, sprinkle in the cinnamon (if using that) and mix it in.

Once the sauce is thick, you can remove it from the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature.

Step 5: Store and Serve

Store the cranberry sauce in the fridge until ready to serve. :) Enjoy!

So much better than store-bought, seriously. :)

Print the recipe here if you like.

Step 6: Video Tutorial

Now watch those steps in action with this short video tutorial.

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    12 days ago on Step 6

    Homemade cranberry sauce is really so easy to make and so good that you'll never want the canned stuff again! (My own version includes bourbon and vanilla beans!)


    12 days ago

    Thanks for this nice recipe. I will definitely try. There is an anonymous folk song from my town about cranberry. That's why this recipe is interesting to me. google: "Kizilciklar oldu mu"