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Orange-Scented Cranberry Sauce


This recipe makes plenty for the Thanksgiving feast and leftover turkey sandwiches.

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  • Yield: Makes 3 1/2 cups

Source: Everyday Food, November 2009


  • 2 bags (12 ounces each) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 wide strips orange zest, plus 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, sugar, orange zest, and 1/2 cup water; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high. Reduce to a simmer and cook until thickened, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in orange juice.

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  • bethanycornishs
    24 NOV, 2015
    This is very similar to my recipe, but I add rum and orange bitters. Check out the recipe at
  • MS10194802
    27 NOV, 2013
    Delicious - have made many times.....
  • LiYi
    24 NOV, 2012
    This was a really good base for a homemade but quick and delicious cranberry sauce. I followed the directions and merged it with another MS recipe, adding 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger while it cooked and 4 tablespoons sherry vinegar with the orange juice at the end. The only change next time would be to cut the recipe in half. Two 12oz bags made waaay too much-even for leftovers, and I had 16 people for a potluck.
  • SuzyFaaberg
    22 NOV, 2012
    I was looking for an easy, fragrant and flavorful cranberry sauce recipe for Thanksgiving...this one was perfect! I added a little cinnamon and ginger as mentioned in another post. Crossing my figures that the family loves it as much as I do!
  • 2wanda2u
    7 NOV, 2012
    This is exactly the recipe that I love to make every year and but I add cinnamon and ginger to taste. I make a head and put it in the frig in canning jars to give as a gift or take to a unexpected holiday dinner. Wonderful!
  • RazorbackGuy
    22 DEC, 2011
    Yummy! Of course, I never leave a recipe along. I made a half recipe which included 1 bag cranberries, 1 pear (pealed and diced), peel of 1 whole orange-diced, juice of the orange, 1/2 cup water, dash of cinnamon, 1/8 tsp ground ginger, 1/2 cup Splenda, 1/4 cup sugar, pinch of salt, and dash of ground Cayenne pepper. Threw it all in a small saucepan. Follow cooking directions. Great for relish or on top of oatmeal or drizzled on cheesecake.
  • gallatea
    26 NOV, 2011
    This was so simple, but amazing. So fragrant. I didn't have oranges, but fresh Clementines on hand and for the zest and juice it was exquisite. A new favorite for the future.
  • sararain
    21 DEC, 2010
    My family loved this, including the ones that said they hate cranberry sauce