Really simple cranberry sauce

Really simple cranberry sauce

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 8
Making your own sauce is really easy, and you can do it a few days ahead. Plus, this one uses only three ingredients

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal56
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs15g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0.01g
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  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 100ml orange juice, fresh or from a carton
  • 250g pack fresh or frozen cranberry


    A tart, ruby-red coloured berry which grows wild on shrubs throughout northern Europe and North…


  1. Tip the sugar and orange juice into a pan, then bring to the boil. Stir in the cranberries, then simmer until tender but still holding their shape – this will take about 5 mins if using frozen cranberries or 8-10 mins if using fresh. The sauce will thicken as it cools. Will keep in the fridge for 1 week. On the day, bring to room temperature before serving.

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Comments (41)

Hsw27's picture

Just made a batch, added a pinch of mixed spice and a splash of port, delicious and really easy

kitchenvixen's picture

This is so quick and easy to make. I make it every year.

lindapalmer1's picture

Such a simple recipe and so much better than shop bought. Give it a go you won't be disappointed.

lindapalmer1's picture

Such a simple recipe and so much better than shop bought. Give it a go you won't be disappointed.

emsbentley's picture

Very simple to make and tastes delicious, particularly with the orange juice - not too sweet with a good punch. Made a batch and popped it in the freezer ready to defrost for Christmas Day.

ladyruskin's picture

This was really easy to make and to adapt. I left it to cool with a star anise in it, so the flavour wasn't too strong. I also grated the rind of a satsuma into it! Unfortunately, it turns out that my in-laws aren't big cranberry sauce fans, so there was a lot left over. Will make it again if the opportunity arises though.

katrinaridout's picture

Wow! Sweet yet tangy aftertaste. I made this several days ahead and it was so worth the minimal effort. I thought cranberries would be expensive but they were only £2 for a large punnet in asda. I shall be making this again - good bye shop bought!!

lizleicester's picture

Simple and delicious. Just what you need when there's lots to do.

samcneilly's picture

I made this last Christmas - it was so easy and tasted so much better than shop bought. Quick to make which is great because you are so busy with everything else at Christmas! I will be making this every year!

Lucette Delacroix's picture

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jybay1's picture

Super-easy, super-nice.

lisabutcher35's picture

Wow, so easy to make and so tasty. Will never be buying readymade again. It froze very well too.

ncaldok's picture

Made an hour before the Christmas meal, & it was delicious! Nothing added or taken away - just perfect. Thank you so much.

tanoriginal's picture

I made this again this year, never fails to please. It's so easy to make and we always add a little Port for extra flavour.

sattwood's picture

So easy... even a guy can do it on Xmas day!

lightningbolt's picture

For sheer simplicity to make and the fantastic taste this gets five stars. Make this every Christmas (currently doing up a batch for later!)

crockerbob's picture

Made this this morning ready for Christmas Day, looks and tastes good.

cowen84's picture

Just literally made this (its sat on the hob still steaming) I've added a star anise and used freshly squeezed orange juice and fresh cranberries and it smells amazing. Going in the fridge once chilled to develop flavour for the big day. Cannot wait!
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lisabutcher35's picture

I have made and frozen this today ready for Christmas. Had to have a sneaky taste and it was yummy. Looking forward to serving this on Christmas Day.

stargirl89's picture

fabulous - froze it and then defrosted the night before. Delicious with a splash of port.


Questions (7)

Zoellaella's picture

How long will this last in Sterilised jars?

goodfoodteam's picture

Thanks for your question, still only a week I'm afraid as it is not a preserve. You can freeze it though. Do so on the day of making. Hope that helps!

peedge13's picture

Also, if I added a dash of port would the alcohol help preserve this recipe for longer? Or added a slice of orange on the top? Fresh or dried? Think it maybe a trial and error of practice...

peedge13's picture

I'd really like to make a batch and give jars to friends and family this Christmas. I have sterilised jars but was wondering if I used this recipe how long the cranberry sauce would keep for? Which method of storage is best? Thank you

goodfoodteam's picture

Thanks for your question. This recipe is not designed to last longer than a week. We'd suggest freezing it on day of making and then you can portion it up and give to friends in the week before Chistmas. Alternatively you could try one of our edible gifts if you need to give the presents sooner.

mellywelly81's picture

Is there a recommended alternative to orange juice?

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi mellywelly81 thanks for your question - we haven't tried it in our kitchen with another type of juice but you could try a pomegranate juice, look for a 100% juice and not a juice drink. Let us know how you get on. 

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