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Christmas colors and a gold rimmed glass bowl hightlight Quick Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce.

Quick Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce

A perfect ying and yang of sweet and tart makes this a perfect side dish. And yes, it's quick too.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 17 minutes
Course Sauces, Dressings & Condiments
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups


  • ¼ cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¾ cup granulated cane sugar
  • 2 about 1 inch wide 3 inch long strips orange zest
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon Coarsely grated orange zest


  • Bring the orange juice, water, sugar, orange strips, and cinnamon stick to a simmer over medium-high heat. Once the sugar has dissolved, add the cranberries, lower heat to a simmer and cook until the cranberries most burst, some whole ones are fine - about 10 - 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow to sit for 15 - 20 minutes, then remove the strips of orange and cinnamon stick. Stir in the freshly grated orange zest. Transfer to a covered bowl and place in the refrigerator for at least a few hours, overnight is best.


This sauce is really best when left to sit in the refrigerator overnight.
Keyword Christmas, cranberry sauce, Thanksgiving
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