Orange Cranberry Sauce

November 11, 2016 By Cathy — 16 Comments
Tart and sweet with a hint of orange, this  cranberry sauce is Thanksgiving ready!

Orange Cranberry SauceThanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving without a pretty little bowl of cranberry sauce. To me the perfect forkful is turkey, mashed potato, gravy and a drop of cranberry sauce. And it’s a very necessary leftover for turkey sandwiches, especially my favorite, Thanksgiving on a roll. 

Orange Cranberry SauceBut for such a simple and pretty dish, cranberry sauce elicits very strong opinions, at least in my house. Turns out cranberry sauce is as divisive as say, anchovies on pizza. You either love it (eh hem) or you don’t. I can’t seem to turn my boys (including the one I’m married to) on to the joys of cranberry sauce. Every year I put a smidge on their plates hoping that this is the year that their tastes mature. But alas, we ain’t there yet.

But for those of you that like me, require cranberry sauce for the holidays, then you’re in luck. Because today I have the only recipe you’ll ever need. I use whole cranberries, some orange juice and zest, sugar and a good splash of orange liqueur. It cooks up in minutes and keeps for days in the frig. It’s not overly fussy and tastes like cranberry sauce should, like cranberries, only better. The pop of orange brightens up the tartness and it has just the right amount of sweet.

So cranberry sauce lovers unite! Maybe one day the naysayers will come around, but until then, more for us!

Orange Cranberry Sauce

5 from 2 votes
Orange Cranberry Sauce
Orange Cranberry Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Tart and sweet with a hint of orange, this cranberry sauce is Thanksgiving ready!
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 4 cups
Author: Cathy Roma |
  • 12 oz fresh whole cranberries picked over
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup orange flavored liqueur such as Cointreau
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  1. Place all the ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Simmer until most of the cranberries have popped, 5 10 mins.
  3. Cool to room temperature or chill before serving. The cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.
Orange Cranberry Sauce

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16 responses to “Orange Cranberry Sauce”

  1. I am absolutely a rider on the cranberry sauce train! This is beautiful and I love the splash of orange liqueur…that’s an adaptation I’ll be making to my recipe this year! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Why do I love cranberry sauce so much? Every Thanksgiving I wonder why I don’t eat it year round. I am always looking for a new way to make so I am going to try it with the orange liqueur!

  3. I LOVE homemade cranberry sauce too Cathy, but unfortunately my 3 boys are the “I love the kind from the can” type!! That’s ok though because I should have no problem finishing this off by myself!!

  4. I am definitely in the cranberry sauce camp. I love it with the main meal and I demand it for left-over turkey sandwiches. Loving your version. The orange is a perfect addition 🙂

  5. Love the combo of cranberry and orange and I’m definitely a cranberry sauce lover!! So good on turkey the day of the big event, but just as good on a sandwich! Pinning! Happy Monday 🙂

  6. Well we are cut from the same cloth, because I LOVE anchovies on pizza and I definitely require cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving!! This sauce looks just perfect, Cathy!! Love the hint of both real orange and orange flavored liqueur!! This is seriously speaking my language! Pinned! Cheers! 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      You’re my anchovy soulmate! Wish you were closer so we could split a pie covered with them! And a little booze makes everything better, including cranberry sauce!

  7. Tara says:

    Your Uncle Jimmy used to tell me, “When you are x years old, you’ll like mushrooms.” “By the time you are 40, you’ll love cranberry sauce.” I never believed him on the cranberry sauce, because I just assumed he meant that stuff in a can. A few years before I turned 40, a friend brought homemade cranberry sauce to the thankgiving dinner I was hosting, and it was a revelation. I am making dinner in our new house next week, and this will be on the table. Now I just have to go find a pretty glass dish like that to put it in. 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Uncle jimmy was a wise man. I tell my non cranberry sauce eating boys something similar. I think you’ll be happy with this one Tara. My mom always served it in a white milk glass bowl so I’ve learned to follow suit. Happy thanksgiving!

  8. Sheila says:

    I was given a jar of homemade orange/cranberry sauce. Please give me some ideas what to use it on.

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