You can quickly make a batch of Cranberry Orange Sauce with this simple 30-minute recipe. You can even make it way ahead of when you plan to serve it AND pair it with non-holiday foods to introduce the flavor to the kids. Yum!

cranberry orange sauce in jars Cranberry Orange Sauce

For years, I’ve been making a version of this healthy cranberry sauce, which relies on fresh orange for sweetness and flavor. I love it for Thanksgiving, but also as a way to enjoy the cranberry flavor throughout the winter. It’s so good stirred into yogurt and oatmeal!

Cranberry Sauce with Orange Juice

This recipe uses a combination of fresh oranges that get blended up and orange juice for a nice mix of flavor and texture.

ingredients in cranberry orange sauceIngredients in Cranberry Orange Sauce

Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe.

  • navel oranges, peeled with as much white pith removed as possible
  • fresh cranberries
  • honey or maple syrup
  • orange juice
  • cinnamon

TIP: You can use maple syrup instead of honey if you prefer.

blended fresh orange in blender How to Make Cranberry Orange Sauce Step-by-Step

Here’s a look at how to make this easy cranberry sauce. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see the full recipe.

  1. Add the oranges to a blender and blend until mostly smooth.
  2. Add oranges and the rest of the ingredients to a medium pot over medium heat.
  3. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the berries are softened and mostly completely broken down.
  4. Remove from heat and taste for sweetness.

TIP: If it’s too tart for your liking, add additional honey to taste.

Make-Ahead Cranberry Sauce

To store this cranberry orange sauce to serve later, simply spoon it into jars and store in the fridge until ready to serve. You can make this up to a week ahead of when you plan to serve it. It stores really well.

cooked cranberry orange sauce

How can I serve this orange cranberry sauce?

You can of course serve it with turkey on Thanksgiving, but we also love it stirred into yogurt and oatmeal. And introducing cranberries that way can be a fun way to introduce the flavor!

Tips for Making the Best Cranberry Orange Sauce

  • Blend the peeled oranges to break them down to ensure this cooks quickly.
  • This can be made up to 1 week in advance. Store in airtight containers in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • You can use maple syrup instead of honey if you prefer.
  • Other types of oranges will work. Just make sure they taste good and sweet to you.
  • Taste the finished sauce and adjust the sweetness as needed.

TIP: Find more easy Thanksgiving recipes here.

I’d love to hear what you think on this recipe, so please comment below to share.

cranberry sauce in mason jars

Easy Cranberry Sauce with Fresh Orange

Yes, this is delicious on turkey, but it also makes a delicious jam or addition to a bowl of plain yogurt with honey!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Sides
Calories 74kcal
Servings 12 (Makes about 2 pints)

Ingredients

  • 2 navel oranges (peeled with as much white pith removed as possible)
  • 1 pound fresh cranberries
  • 1/2-3/4 cup honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • Add the oranges to a blender and blend until mostly smooth.
  • Add oranges and the rest of the ingredients, starting with ½ cup honey, to a medium pot over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 25-30 minutes or until the berries are softened and mostly completely broken down.
  • Remove from heat and taste for sweetness. If it's too tart for your liking, add up to an additional ¼ cup honey.
  • Spoon into jars and store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Notes

  • This can be made up to 1 week in advance. Store in airtight containers in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • You can use maple syrup instead of honey if you prefer.
  • If you don't have fresh oranges, use 1 cup orange juice total as your liquid.
  • Other types of oranges will work. Just make sure they taste good and sweet to you.
  • Taste the finished sauce and adjust the sweetness as needed.
  • Avoid honey for babies under age 1.

Nutrition

Calories: 74kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 89mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 91IU, Vitamin C: 21mg, Calcium: 15mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. This recipe is great! 2nd year making this and it’s just perfect. I used maple syrup instead of the honey. This ones a keeper. Thank you Amy.

    1. 5 stars
      This recipe is great! 2nd year making this and it’s just perfect. I used maple syrup instead of the honey. This ones a keeper. Thank you Amy.

  2. 5 stars
    Happy Thanksgiving ?. I just made this and it is delicious! I did add extra maple syrup at the end to give it a little sweetness to it. I can’t wait for Thanksgiving Day to use it. Have a great day.