Best Cranberry Sauce

Best Cranberry Sauce

Best Cranberry Sauce

This is, by far, the best cranberry sauce recipe ever. You'll never go back to canned.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • 3 Qt sauce pan
  • Wooden spoon


  • 2 bags fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/4 c dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 c orange or apple juice
  • 1 can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


  • In a 3-quart saucepan over high heat, bring all ingredients to a boil. Lower heat to maintain a simmer until the cranberries are tender. Use the backside of a wooden spoon to pop stubborn cranberries. Serve warm or cold.
    This cranberry sauce is, of course, the perfect accompaniment to the traditional American Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey dinner. But it's equally as delicious on ice cream, as the jam in a PB&J sandwich, on sourdough toast with cream cheese, in apple pie filling, and on a spoon.
    NOTE: if you like your cranberry sauce a little sweeter, use a bit more sugar. Feel free to add more mandarin oranges or cinnamon to suite your tastes. If you don't have apple or orange juice, use the mandarin orange juice from the can. If you don't have both kinds of sugar, just use what you have. This recipe is NOT fastidious.
Keyword cranberry, cranberry sauce, thanksgiving