Homemade Cranberry Sauce With Ginger

Anne Lawton
by Anne Lawton
16 servings
25 min

Homemade cranberry sauce couldn’t be easier to make and the ingredients are fresh and simple! Forget about the canned stuff that you can get at the grocery store and make this tasty cranberry sauce with orange juice. It’s wonderfully fresh tasting with the perfect balance of sweet and tart and is a great addition to your holiday table.

Aside from the traditional holiday meal, we love homemade cranberry sauce spread on turkey sandwiches, on the side with chicken or Swedish Meatballs, Turkey Meatballs or smeared on top of grilled chicken breasts just before taking them off of the grill.

Homemade Cranberry sauce is fresh and healthy!

Serve homemade cranberry sauce with roasted turkey or chicken

The addition of orange zest makes this a refreshing cranberry sauce

Homemade Cranberry Sauce With Ginger
Recipe details
  • 16  servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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Homemade Cranberry Sauce Ingredients
  • 2 cups of fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons honey
Place all of the ingredients into a saucepan
Cook at medium heat stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes mashing the cranberries as they pop which will thicken the liquid.
If you like a smooth sauce process it in a food processor
  • Add a diced apple or pear to the pan with the cranberries, honey and replace the orange juice with a cup of water, apple juice, your favorite fruit juice or sweet white wine.
  • Replace the orange juice with water or light or sweet white or red wine and add a cinnamon stick.
  • Add a diced jalapeno pepper for a spicy sauce and a splash of lemon juice.
  • Stir in a splash of grand Marnier, or rum while the berries are cooking for a boozy cranberry sauce.
  • Add any combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, mint, lemon zest, orange zest.
  • Store homemade cranberry sauce in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an airtight food storage container.
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  • Sassycoupleok Sassycoupleok on Nov 23, 2021

    This looks great, we were just talking about making some fresh but the boozy option has our interest. THX for sharing.

    T & K

  • Love your style! Your suggestions for mixing it up a bit are fantastic. I always prepare something family friendly and a more adult version with a more complex flavor profile. These certainly fit the bill. Thanks for sharing!

    • Anne Lawton Anne Lawton on Nov 23, 2021

      Thank you Naomie! We all like different things, I like to make it easy to change it up.