Gluten Free Recipes Side Dishes

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

November 12, 2012
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The holiday season is almost here. And one classic holiday dish that is easy to prepare is homemade cranberry sauce. I love the holidays and traditions have always been important for my family. There are certain things that we always have at Thanksgiving, and one is cranberry sauce. But, typically we would have the type from a can, that has a gelatin consistency. The type that still has the rings imprinted from the can on the slices that sit on the serving plate.

Now I’ll be honest with you. I used to HATE cranberry sauce. Growing up it just was not something I ever wanted to eat. But they say that your tastebuds change and mine did! Now I love it! Of course, I’m not so fond of the canned version. But it’s so simple to make that I just skip the can and make the sauce from scratch! No unwanted additives or other unwanted ingredients. And the homemade kind just tastes so much better too!

This year, throw that canned sauce in the garbage can! And make this simple but tasty cranberry sauce recipe instead! This version is incredibly simple to make….so simple that you’ll be surprised how easy it really is. It is also much tastier than any canned version, and you can be confident in knowing exactly what you are putting in it!

It is sure to be a hit this Thanksgiving!

Be sure also to check out my…

Stuffing recipe.

Baked macaroni and cheese recipe.

A picture of a bowl of homemade cranberry sauce with the blog post title "Homemade Cranberry Sauce"

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This classic holiday dish is so simple to make…and so much better than any canned version!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Servings 6 people


  • 12 oz bag fresh cranberries
  • ¾ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 cup granulated coconut/palm sugar/turbinado sugar or organic sugar


  • Place all ingredients into a medium sauce pan.
  • Cook on medium high heat until most of the liquid has reduced, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and serve.

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