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Basic Cranberry Sauce

Basic Cranberry Sauce

Source: Everyday Food, November 2008


  • 1 bag (12 ounces) cranberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup water


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, sugar, lemon zest, and water; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer; cook until cranberries are soft, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, and let cool to room temperature.

Cook's Note

To store, refrigerate in an airtight container, up to 1 week.

Reviews (10)

  • swatt3 27 Nov, 2014

    This is the only cranberry sauce my family will eat. A crowd favorite.

  • CalliLove 25 Nov, 2014

    I have been making this fresh and tasty cranberry sauce for over 5 years to rave reviews!
    Martha said, "Once you make this, you will never eat that canned stuff again!", and she was correct!

    It will be the best cranberry sauce you've ever had in your life. Really!

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  • uclakaren 26 Nov, 2010

    Amazingly delicious! I followed the directions exactly, with the exception of simmering the sauce for an extra minute to make it a little thicker. A million times better than what comes out of a can, and cooking it was just about as easy as trying to coax a cylinder of gelatinous pink goo out of a can

  • Jeanne_Symons 23 Nov, 2010

    Because I am diabetic, I cut the amount of sugar in half, and add 1/3 cup (or so) of sugar-free orange marmalade. Yummy!

  • cphipps 23 Nov, 2010

    This cranberry relish is not only terrific by itself but with other foods, too. Try a spoonful on top of plain or vanilla yogurt, on top of some cottage cheese or on top of vanilla ice cream (my personal favorite).

  • ramminger 21 Nov, 2010

    I made this last year and will definitely be making it again this year. It can be made a couple of days in advance. No need to heat it up just take it out of the fridge in the morning and let it get to room temp.

  • KatharineDillon 22 Nov, 2009

    I totally agree. I am looking forward to having it on the Thanksgiving table this year again.

  • TaurusJM07 30 Nov, 2008

    After making this recipe, I will never used canned cranberry sauce again. It was very easy to make and was very fresh. Love it!

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