Made with just 5 ingredients, this Easy Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce is ready after 15 minutes on the stove. Infused with fresh orange juice, brown sugar, ginger, and cinnamon, this homemade sauce bursts with bites of sweet, tangy cranberries!
This homemade cranberry sauce is my son’s favorite and it’s perfect with Smoked Miso Butter Turkey Breast. I didn’t grow up with cranberries or cranberry sauce in Japan. However, eating sweet and tangy cranberry sauce always reminds me of the first Thanksgiving I spent with my American host family. It makes my heart warm thinking about the kind host family who welcomed me into their home.
3 Reasons Why You Should Make This Cranberry Sauce
If you are not into cranberry sauce, maybe because you haven’t tried the delicious homemade cranberry sauce yet.
- Quick— only 15 minutes on the stove!
- Easy— just throw 5 simple ingredients together in a pot!
- Make-ahead— this “homemade” sauce can be made ahead even before you get busy with holiday meals!
Cranberry Sauce Ingredients
Let’s break it down to 5 ingredients!
- Cranberries: Use fresh or frozen cranberries. You don’t even need to fully thaw. Just rinse the cranberries with water before using them.
- Fresh Orange Juice & Orange Zest: Before you juice the orange, grate some zest off for flavoring and garnish. Then squeeze ½ cup of juice. If you don’t care for the zest, you can substitute with fresh orange juice (not from concentrate) instead.
- Light brown Sugar: For sweetening the sauce, I’ve tried white sugar, a combination of white and light brown sugars, honey, and maple syrup. Each sweetener gives a different flavor profile, so choose what you like. For the record, Mr. JOC prefers a combination of an equal part of white and brown sugar.
- Grated Ginger: Grated ginger gives a nice kick and adds to the layers of flavor.
- Cinnamon Stick: We love the smell of cinnamon in the cranberry sauce. You can substitute with ground cinnamon for the stick but add to the sauce after removing from the heat.
- (Water): I usually add some water just to give more liquid in the sauce. If you want to increase the orange-y flavor, substitute more orange juice for water.
Made from 5 ingredients, this Easy Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce is ready after 15 minutes on the stove. Infused with orange juice, brown sugar, ginger, and cinnamon, this homemade sauce bursts with bites of sweet, tangy cranberries!
- 12 oz cranberries (1 bag, 340 g, 3-4 cups, fresh or frozen)
- ¾ cup light brown sugar (6 oz, 170 g; you can use regular sugar or honey)
- ¼ cup water
- ½ cup orange juice (freshly squeezed from 1 large navel orange)
- 2 tsp orange zest (lightly packed, from the same orange)
- 1 (3-inch) stick cinnamon
- ¼ tsp grated ginger
- Gather all the ingredients.
- Rinse the cranberries well and drain off excess water. Pick through the cranberries and discard any squishy ones. Transfer them to a small saucepan.
- Cut the orange in half. Juice until you get ½ cup juice.
Grate the ginger (I use the same Microplane).
- In a small saucepan, combine the cranberries, sugars, orange juice, and water.
- Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cranberries have popped, about 8 minutes.
- Add the cinnamon stick, orange zest, and grated ginger and cook until the mixture has thickened to your liking, about 1-2 minutes.
Remove the pot from heat. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools. The sauce can be served warm or at room temperature.
Cool completely. Cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. To freeze, cool the sauce completely and freeze for up to 3 months.
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