Homemade Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce

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5 from 14 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total: 30 minutes

This Homemade Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce Recipe is true perfection – especially if you love all things cranberry. If you grew up on the canned sauce you will be shocked and amazed at how incredible this sauce is. It is beautiful to look at and easy to make too.

Homemade Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce in a white bowl with a cinnamon stick wrapped in orange peel.

The Homemade Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce below is a classic. It is tart and sweet, citrusy and tangy with that unique cranberry goodness you would expect. The best part is, you control what goes into it – no high fructose corn syrup in this recipe.

This will become a new family tradition for your holiday table. If you’re looking for a sugar free version, check out How to Make Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce.

Need more classic Thanksgiving recipes, check this link for holiday time.


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What We Love About This Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce Recipe

This truly is one of the easiest and BEST homemade cranberry sauce recipes.  It’s super easy to make. A cranberry is actually from a group of evergreen dwarf shrubs or trailing vines with a lot of health benefits, find out the details here. Grown in a bog called cranberry bogs by local and Ocean Spray growers, these North American (USA) cranberries make their appearance the same time of year – early to mid fall.

This recipe with the tangy taste of fresh Ocean Spray cranberries will become a staple for your holiday meal. The tangy, sweet taste of whole berried cranberry sauce made with ocean spray cranberries really brightens a meal.

  • 30 Minutes: It is so quick and easy to make.
  • Easy Ingredients: You need only 4 ingredients.
  • Family Friendly: It is so good it like a dessert.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: Perfect for sandwiches the next day.
A spoonful of Homemade Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce.

Ingredient Notes

  • Fresh Cranberries: An entire package of fresh cranberries.
  • Sugar: You can use a sugar substitute if you prefer.
  • Orange Zest: It truly enhances the flavor.
Ingredients for easy homemade cranberry sauce.

Equipment Needed

How to Make This Cranberry Compote

These are the basic steps for making ocean spray cranberry sauces. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and daily value for nutrient information.

Step by step instructions for making homemade cranberry sauce.

STEP 1: iN A MEDIUM SAUCEPAN

Begin by reserving 1/2 cup of the cranberries and set aside. Add remaining cups cranberries and other ingredients to a sauce pan and then cook on medium heat for 10 minutes.

STEP 2: SIMMER

Turn up the heat to medium and boil for 12 minutes longer, or until the berries start to burst. Reduce heat to low and stir in remaining berries. Taste and add more sugar if needed. This step brings all of the flavors together.

STEP 3: COOL

Finally, remove from heat and cool completely at room temperature and then refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.

Step by step instructions for making homemade cranberry sauce.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Of course, that is the best part. This homemade cranberry sauce recipe will last up to two weeks in the fridge in an airtight container.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store the Homemade Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce in an airtight container.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Indeed, it will last up to three months in the freezer in an airtight container.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Make the recipe with a sugar substitute to make it a little healthier.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT ZEST?

Of course, try adding lemon zest or lime zest to this dish.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Yes, make as little or as much as you need for the occasion.

WHAT ELSE CAN I USE IT FOR?

That is a great question, it is just not a side for turkey. It is a wonderful topper for pork, ice cream, a spread for a chicken sandwich or even as a filing for french toast or coffee cake. Get creative.

Homemade Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce in a white bowl with a cinnamon stick wrapped in orange peel.

Expert Tips for Making This Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce Recipe

  • Add nuts: A little crunch can really enhance the flavor of you sauce. So try pecans or walnuts.
  • Variation tip: Try tangerines, mandarin oranges, blueberries or cherries, even pears.
  • Alternate ingredient: Sugar substitute can be used to reduce the calories.
  • Liquor: A splash of you favorite orange liquor will really work well in this too.

What to Serve with Cranberry Sauce

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5 from 14 votes

Homemade Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce

Yield: 6 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total: 30 minutes
This is one of the BEST homemade Cranberry Sauce recipe I have ever tried!  It's easy to make and tastes so much better than the canned variety.
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Ingredients

  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 strip orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons water

Instructions

  • Reserve 1/2 cup of the cranberries and set aside.
  • Add remaining ingredients to a sauce pan.
  • Cook on low for 10 minutes.
  • Turn up the heat to medium and cook for 12 minutes longer, or until the berries start to burst.
  • Reduce heat to low and stir in remaining berries.
  • Taste and add more sugar if needed.
  • Remove from heat and cool completely.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

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Expert Tips

  • Add nuts: A little crunch can really enhance the flavor of you sauce. So try pecans or walnuts.
  • Variation tip: Try tangerines, mandarin oranges, blueberries or cherries, even pears.
  • Alternate ingredient: Sugar substitute can be used to reduce the calories.
  • Liquor: A splash of you favorite orange liquor will really work well in this too.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry, Thanksgiving

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