Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This cranberry sauce recipe makes the best sweet and tart cranberry sauce.  Cinnamon and oranges make the recipe feel very festive and feels special. It can be made ahead and refrigerated or frozen for later.

Just 5 Ingredients!

1-Orange zest 2-Orange juice 3-Brown sugar 4-Cinnamon stick 5-Fresh cranberries

How long does cranberry sauce last in the fridge? It lasts for 10-14 days in the fridge, so you can make cranberry sauce ahead of time. 

Can you freeze cranberry sauce? Yes! It tastes best if used within a few months. To thaw, pull it out of the freezer and thaw in the fridge for about 2-3 days before the day you plan to use it.

Dissolve the sugar Heat orange zest, juice, brown sugar, and cinnamon stick over medium-high heat in a saucepan until sugar dissolves.


Add and simmer the cranberries Add in cranberries and simmer for about 15 minutes or until most of the cranberries have popped and sauce is thickened.


Cool and serve or store for later. Keep in the fridge for up to 14 days.


Get the full recipe and ideas for how to use leftover cranberry sauce below!

Melissa Macher Registered Dietitian and Food Blogger