Simple Basic Cranberry Sauce Recipe

simple basic cranberry sauce recipe

Simple Basic Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Let’s talk about making simple Basic Cranberry Sauce.

The moment cranberries hit the markets we think of holidays. There is something about that tantalizing sweet but tart taste of cranberry sauce that adds a much-needed bit of holiday flair to roast turkey and sage stuffing. Today, I am sharing my favorite basic cranberry sauce. It is simple and fast to make and honestly so much better than that stuff in the can!

Cranberry Season

Cranberries are ready for harvest around mid-September. Their harvesting season lasts until around mid-November, which is perfect timing for Thanksgiving. We serve cranberry dishes during Christmas and New Year’s dinners at our home.  So, when I see those cranberries at the market, I grab a few extra bags and toss them in the freezer. Frozen cranberries are fine for sauces!


simple basic cranberry sauce recipeBuying Cranberries

If you plan on purchasing fresh cranberries for your Simple Basic Cranberry Sauce Recipe and other yummy cranberry recipes follow these simple tips.

  1. Check each bag for freshness. Look for bags of cranberries that have no mushy berries.
  2. If you plan on cooking real soon, fresh cranberries can be refrigerated for up to 30 days.
  3. Frozen cranberries can be stored in the freezer for up to 1 year!  Just pop the entire bag(s) into the freezer! This is truly a perfect solution to fresh cranberry sauce lovers. 🙂


Let Make Some Cranberry Sauce!

simple basic cranberry sauce recipe


Yield: 6 servings

Simple Basic Cranberry Sauce Recipe

simple cranberry sauce recipe

Simple Basic Cranberry Sauce Recipe, tart and sweet, the perfect pairing for your holiday meals and other yummy recipes.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 12-ounce bag fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon or orange zest ( two long strips if fresh, coarsely chopped)
  • 1 /2 teaspoon salt


  1. Empty 12-ounce bag of cranberries into a saucepan, add 1 cup sugar, a tablespoon of lemon or orange zest, and three tablespoons of water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  2. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves and berries are soft around 10 minutes. Increase heat to medium and cook until berries burst, around another 10 minutes.
  3. Add sugar to taste and cool to room temperature before serving.


You can make this dish ahead of time and freeze. Use frozen cranberry sauce within 2-months after preparation.

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Look no further for the Best Cranberry Sauce Recipe Ever! This easy and delicious recipe takes only a few minutes to make and a handful of ingredients! The simple ingredients let the cranberries shine! It is the perfect combination of sweet and tart! The perfect complement to your holiday meal! - Momma Can #Thanksgiving #Christmas #cranberry #sauce #recipe

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