Perfect Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce


Don't settle for boring, mediocre cranberry sauce this holiday season. Instead, serve your friends and family this amazing reboot of the traditional Thanksgiving relish. It goes great with holiday fare like turkey and everyday favorites like biscuits. Or you can even serve it with vanilla ice cream as a dessert! Jar or freeze your leftovers to enjoy this sauce year-round!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
20 servings


  • 2 (12 ounce) packages fresh cranberries

  • 2 cups turbinado sugar, or more to taste

  • 1 ½ cups freshly squeezed orange juice

  • 1 cup water

  • ¼ cup dark corn syrup (such as Karo®), or more to taste

  • 2 tablespoons port wine, or more to taste

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice, or more to taste

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 tablespoon orange zest, divided

  • 4 whole cloves

  • 1 large pomegranate, peeled and seeds separated, divided


  1. Combine cranberries, sugar, orange juice, water, corn syrup, port wine, lime juice, cinnamon sticks, 1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest, cloves, and 1/4 the pomegranate seeds in a heavy pot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries pop and sauce is thickened, about 30 minutes.

  2. Taste the sauce and add more sugar, corn syrup, or port wine if desired. Remove cloves or cinnamon if the taste is overpowering at this point and add more port wine or lime juice.

  3. Continue to simmer sauce, stirring occasionally, until desired consistency is reached, 15 to 30 minutes. Remove pot from heat and cool, about 30 minutes. Sauce will thicken as it cools. Remove cinnamon sticks and cloves if still in sauce. Stir remaining pomegranate seeds into sauce and garnish with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest.

Cook's Notes:

This sauce actually tastes better the next day, so prepare it the night before and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Prepare your sauce in an enameled cast iron Dutch oven or casserole pan. Cast iron distributes heat more evenly than aluminum or stainless steel, and the enamel prevents sticking and burning, reducing the risk for sauce-making disasters.

Commercial orange juice with extra pulp can be used instead of freshly squeezed.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

122 Calories
0g Fat
31g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 122
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 16mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 15mg 77%
Calcium 28mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 176mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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