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Top down shot of a bowl of classic homemade cranberry sauce with a spoon sticking out and three raw cranberries and two sprigs of rosemary for garnish.

Cranberry Sauce Recipe

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


This is the classic cranberry sauce you always wanted! Super simple and easy to make and you can control how sweet you like it!


  • 10oz fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar*


  1. Combine ingredients in a medium saucepan. Stir to combine.
  2. Bring to boil and then reduce to simmer. Let simmer 25-35 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  3. Remove and let cool before serving. 


  • *Sugar: you can actually add up to 1 cup of sugar, but it depends upon how sweet you want your cranberry sauce.  I liked it with 1/2 cup sugar (it was a little sweet, but still tart), but you can always add more even after it is fully cooked – so taste and adjust according to your personal preferences. 
  • Make Ahead: this is a great recipe to make ahead of Thanksgiving or any holiday dinner. 
  • Storage: store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 
  • Variations: we have a couple variations of this on the site: Bourbon Cranberry Sauce, Apple Cranberry Sauce or Cranberry Orange Sauce!


  • Serving Size: 3 oz
  • Calories: 105
  • Sugar: 25.5 g
  • Sodium: 2.1 mg
  • Fat: 0.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27.9 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg