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bowl of the BEST thanksgiving cranberry sauce with orange zest for garnish

The BEST Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 137 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


This is The BEST Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce that is made with fresh cranberries and goes perfectly with roast turkey for the holidays.


  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 medium orange, zest only
  • ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 pinch kosher salt


  1. Combine all of the ingredients into a medium sauce pot and stir to combine.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil over medium high heat and then reduce to a simmer over medium low heat. Continue to simmer, stirring and mashing the berries occasionally for about 10-12 minutes. Once all of the cranberries have popped and the sauce is reduced down, remove it off of the heat.
  3. Cool completely in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight for best results.


**Recipe yields approximately 8-10 servings or 2 cups

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 91

Keywords: cranberries, dairy free, gluten free, holidays, vegetarian

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