The Best Cranberry Sauce

Maple Cranberry Sauce-fresh cranberry sauce sweetened with pure maple syrup, orange zest, orange juice, and a hint of cinnamon. This easy homemade Cranberry Sauce recipe is a holiday favorite for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

I stocked up on fresh cranberries when I made my Apple Cranberry Pie and decided to put some of them to use to make Maple Cranberry Sauce. Don’t worry, I saved some for my Cranberry Orange Bread, it is SO good!

This cranberry sauce recipe is definitely going to be on our Thanksgiving and Christmas table this year. It is perfect in every way so if you are thinking about buying canned cranberry sauce for your holiday meal, think again. You HAVE to make homemade, it is SO much better and I promise it’s just as easy as opening up a can:)

How To Make Cranberry Sauce With Maple Syrup

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Fresh cranberries will start appearing in stores at the end of October/early November, perfect timing for the holidays! Fresh cranberry sauce is a holiday staple! I like to buy several bags of fresh cranberries as soon as I see them in the stores. You can freeze fresh cranberries and I like to have a bag in the freezer at all times so I can always make cranberry sauce.

I love that this fresh cranberry sauce is sweetened with pure maple syrup. There are no refined sugars here, just fresh cranberries, pure maple syrup, orange zest, orange juice, and a little cinnamon.

You will love this healthy cranberry sauce. All of the flavors combined taste like the holiDAZE! This healthy cranberry sauce is the best and always a hit at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Fresh cranberry sauce in pan

How to Make Cranberry Sauce

  • Place the cranberries in a colander and rinse with cold water. Discard any shriveled or damaged cranberries.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the cranberries, maple syrup, orange zest, orange juice, and water. You are going to bring to a boil and cook until the cranberries have broken down and thickened into a compote, about 20 minutes. The cranberries will pop, don’t be scared:) The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
  • Remove the cranberry sauce from the heat and stir in the cinnamon. Let cool completely at room temperature, then transfer to a bowl to chill in the refrigerator.

How to Serve

You can serve cranberry sauce hot, warm, or chilled. There really is no wrong way to enjoy cranberry sauce. I like to spread it on my dinner roll, SO good! You can also add it to leftover turkey sandwiches, yum!

How to Store

You can make cranberry sauce in advance, which is SO nice. Get it out of the way so you have one less thing to worry about on the big day!

Store it covered in the refrigerator for 10 to 14 days. You can also freeze cranberry sauce in a freezer container for up to 2 months.

Add this Maple Cranberry Sauce to your Thanksgiving and Christmas menus right now. It is the BEST cranberry sauce recipe and it is so easy! Maple Cranberry Sauce is a MUST make for the holiday season!

More Holiday Side Dishes

Easy Cranberry Sauce

Easy Cranberry Sauce in bowl with spoon

Maple Cranberry Sauce

Fresh cranberry sauce sweetened with pure maple syrup, orange zest, orange juice, and a hint of cinnamon. This easy cranberry sauce is the perfect side dish to all of your holiday meals.
4.82 from 11 votes

Ingredients
  

  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • Zest of 1 medium orange
  • Juice of 1 medium orange
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Place the cranberries in a colander and rinse with cold water. Discard any shriveled or damaged cranberries.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the cranberries, maple syrup, orange zest, orange juice, and water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then lower the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries have broken down and thickened into a compote, about 20 minutes. The cranberries will pop, don’t be scared:) The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
  • Remove the cranberry sauce from the heat and stir in the cinnamon. Let cool completely at room temperature, then transfer to a bowl to chill in the refrigerator.

Notes

Note-this cranberry sauce can be made in advance. It will keep in a container in the refrigerator for up to 10-14 days. 

Nutrition

Serving: 8g, Calories: 54kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 45mg, Sugar: 12g, Calcium: 23mg
Keywords cranberry, cranberry sauce, sauce

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. We have typically made the traditional cranberry sauce that’s loaded with sugar, but I have been wanting to try one without all the refined sugar that is naturally sweetened. This sounds perfect!!! Definitely trying this for our Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. just in time, love the pure maple and orange zest to the orange, definitely beats any canned version of cranberry sauce!, thank you for sharing this!

  3. Cranberry is a staple on our table at Thanksgiving, in fact my sister and I always try to compete to see who’s sauce will be more popular. 

    I like most people have never thought to add maple to a cranberry sauce. I’m excited to try this recipe this year! Thanks for sharing! Cheers! 

  4. Love it! I adore cranberry sauce and all the creative opportunities that come with it. My next batch will most definitely include maple syrup. Thanks!

  5. Thanks for this recipe, Marie! I made it for Thanksgiving, and I think the family liked it. 🙂 We usually have the Ocean Spray canned stuff (which I admit, I love), so it was a good alternative!

  6. 5 stars
    Made this last year for Thanksgiving and I’m coming back to make it again this year because I loved it so much better than our usual canned! So good!

  7. 5 stars
    I made this with a couple of twists. Substitute the water with Cranberry-Pomegranite juice. !0 minutes into the cook, add an ounce of Grand Mariner. After the cook, add 1/2 cup of chopped black walnuts. You can also add a bit of ground cloves, or even a hint of hot pepper like cayenne for some extra kick!

  8. 5 stars
    This was a hit at our Thanksgiving table. My 10 year old made it herself and got rave reviews. The cinnamon adds something different to the sauce that we all enjoyed. And it tasted great over french toast the day after.

  9. My son made these as part of a home school project. They were delicious! I’m not confident they will last until Thanksgiving. Whoops!

  10. You’re right! The best!!! I added orange chunks and walnuts! Just like an old relative used to make! Definitely made him come alive and felt like a real Thanksgiving. Thank you!

  11. 4 stars
    I made this tonight as one less item to make for thanksgiving day! I loved the cinnamon addition! The smell was wonderful! But I am sorry,
    I found this recipe a little too tart! So I added more maple syrup…about 1/4 more! Now it tastes fantastic! I probably have more sweet tooth than most. Thanks I loved adding the Maple syrup instead of sugar! Good call!
    Thanks

  12. 5 stars
    Wow! Who would’ve thought a simple change like maple syrup could transform cranberry sauce! It did and it does! Been making cranberry sauce for decades. This will be my keeper recipe from now on! Thank you!

  13. 5 stars
    Growing up I hated cranberry sauce. We always got the jellied kind in the can. But, my farmer’s box had fresh cranberries and I was looking to try something new so I just made this. It is FABULOUS! I had no idea cranberry sauce could be so good. I love the addition of the orange zest and juice. Thanks so much for such a lovely recipe!

  14. 5 stars
    So easy and delicious! My first time making cranberry sauce and I can’t believe how easy it is. Do you know if you can freeze it? I’d like to save some for Christmas since it only the three of us for the holidays with this pandemic going on. Thank you!!!