Fresh Cranberry-Orange Sauce


Cranberry sauce is a must-have, classic holiday side dish. Sweet orange and pear are perfect partners to the tart cranberries. The orange marmalade intensifies the citrus flavor, the vanilla adds a subtle aroma, and the star anise will have people asking "what is that?"

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


  • ½ cup orange juice

  • ½ cup cranberry juice

  • cup white sugar

  • 1 (12 ounce) package fresh cranberries

  • 1 medium pear - peeled, cored, and diced

  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 star anise

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade


  1. Combine orange juice, cranberry juice, and sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.

  2. Stir in 1/2 of the cranberries, pear, orange zest, vanilla extract, star anise, and salt, and return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add the remaining cranberries and cook, stirring often, until cranberries start to burst and mixture starts to thicken, about 10 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat. Stir in orange marmalade and set aside. Sauce will continue to thicken as it cools. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cook's Notes:

Star anise can be found in the spice section of the grocery store and is very inexpensive.

Cooking half of the cranberries and then adding the remaining cranberries 5 minutes later will give you more whole cranberries in the sauce. If this doesn't matter to you, add all of the cranberries at once.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

94 Calories
0g Fat
24g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 94
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 24mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 23mg 116%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 99mg 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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