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Fresh Whole Cranberry Sauce

Nothing compares to fresh cranberry sauce with Thanksgiving dinner. Make yours ahead and enjoy with the feast.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Author Allie Taylor


  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 12 ounce package fresh cranberries
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon almond extract


  • Sort and rinse cranberries, discarding bruised or soft ones.
  • Remove all stems.
  • Boil sugar and water in a saucepan.
  • Add cranberries, cook at a low boil for 8-10 minutes.
  • Pour into serving bowl, cover and cool.
  • For orange cranberry sauce, mix in 2 tablespoons of orange zest.
  • For almond cranberry sauce, mix in 1/2 teaspoon almond extract.


Make up to two days ahead.