Cranberry Orange Sauce

Cranberry Orange Sauce - Skip the canned cranberry sauce and make it right at home. It's embarrassingly easy with just 3 ingredients!

Skip the canned cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving and make it right at home – it’s embarrassingly easy to make with just 3 ingredients! You can even make it ahead of time!

Cranberry Orange Sauce - Skip the canned cranberry sauce and make it right at home. It's embarrassingly easy with just 3 ingredients!

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is in less than 2 weeks?! It’ll be a Thanksgiving festival here at Damn Delicious until then so stay tuned for many Thanksgiving dishes until now and the big day. And to kick off this Thanksgiving feast, let’s start with this incredibly easy cranberry sauce.

Cranberry Orange Sauce - Skip the canned cranberry sauce and make it right at home. It's embarrassingly easy with just 3 ingredients!

Cranberry Orange Sauce - Skip the canned cranberry sauce and make it right at home. It's embarrassingly easy with just 3 ingredients!

Cranberry Orange Sauce - Skip the canned cranberry sauce and make it right at home. It's embarrassingly easy with just 3 ingredients!

Now I’m not sure how you host Thanksgiving or what you’re responsible for cooking but cranberry sauce has got to be one of the easiest dishes to make. And if you’re like me, any dish that takes minimal effort for the big day is a huge relief since you’ll probably be crazed with a million other things that day.

Cranberry Orange Sauce - Skip the canned cranberry sauce and make it right at home. It's embarrassingly easy with just 3 ingredients!

So how does this come together? Easy. Just 3 ingredients, if you don’t count the water, and all you have to do is let it simmer and thicken. Done and done. Seriously, didn’t I tell you it was embarrassingly easy? It’s also wonderfully sweet and tart, beautifully complementing the orange kick.

Cranberry Orange Sauce - Skip the canned cranberry sauce and make it right at home. It's embarrassingly easy with just 3 ingredients!

Not only is it effortless to make but you can also whip this up ahead of time since it’ll keep for at least a week in the fridge! Although it never lasts that long in ours – we slather it on everything, and they’re also so perfect for Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches!

Cranberry Orange Sauce - Skip the canned cranberry sauce and make it right at home. It's embarrassingly easy with just 3 ingredients!

Cranberry Orange Sauce

Skip the canned cranberry sauce and make it right at home. It’s embarrassingly easy with just 3 ingredients!

Yield: 3 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup sugar, or more, to taste
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine orange juice, orange zest, sugar and 3/4 cup water over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Stir in cranberries and bring to a boil; reduce heat and let simmer until sauce has thickened, about 15 minutes.
  3. Let cool completely before serving.

Adapted from Annie’s Eats