Cranberry Sauce with Orange Juice and Brown Sugar


The warmth of the ginger and cloves and the brightness of the orange zest come together to make this a family favorite! You can use frozen cranberries if you can't find fresh--just simmer a few minutes longer. Make this ahead of time, and save yourself some stress on the big day!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
8 servings


  • ¾ cup water

  • ¾ cup brown sugar

  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest

  • teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground cloves

  • teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1 (12 ounce) bag fresh cranberries


  1. Combine water, sugar, orange juice, cinnamon stick, ginger, orange zest, salt, cloves, and allspice in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until sugar is dissolved, 3 to 5 minutes.

  2. Stir cranberries into the sugar mixture in the saucepan and return to a boil over medium heat. Cook until cranberries start to burst and mixture thickens slightly, 8 to 10 minutes; sauce will thicken further upon cooling.

  3. Transfer cranberry sauce to a bowl; remove and discard cinnamon stick. Store in the refrigerator; for best flavor, bring to room temperature before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

76 Calories
0g Fat
20g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 76
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 42mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 10mg 50%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 73mg 2%

* 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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