Homemade Cranberry Sauce - The Southern Lady Cooks

Here is how to make your own Homemade Cranberry Sauce. Cranberries are a super food and should be in your diet year round.  Cranberries outrank most other fruits and vegetables in Vitamin C and antioxidants.  They are good for urinary tract infections, blood pressure, the progression of tumors and gum disease.  There is only 45 calories in 1/2 cup of cranberries.

It is so easy to make your own cranberry sauce. We eat this all the time and not just during the holidays.  It goes great with so many dishes.  We love it with any kind of pork or chicken served as a side dish.  This sauce keeps well in the refrigerator for at least a week.  You can make it sweeter if you like but we like the tartness.

Homemade cranberry sauce ingredients needed:

Package cranberries or about 3 cups (can use frozen)

White granulated sugar

Brown sugar

Orange juice

Ground cinnamon

Try adding a drained 15 ounce can of mandarin oranges to this once in a while for an option. Super versatile dish, you can add any  other fruit you may enjoy too. This cranberry sauce goes great with this Crock Pot Chicken and Gravy. This dish you can make in advance for any holiday gathering, which is always a plus.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Judy Yeager
Easy and delicious!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 12 ounce package cranberries or about 3 cups (can use frozen)
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Place white sugar, brown sugar and orange juice in a pan on top of the stove. Heat till dissolves.  Pour in cranberries, bring to simmer and cook 8 to 10 minutes until berries start to pop.
  • Remove and mash berries. I just use the back of a wooden spoon.  Refrigerate several hours before serving. They will become thicker as they cool.
  • Makes about 1 1/2 cups cranberry sauce
Keyword Homemade Cranberry Sauce
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  1. Linda Hughes says:

    I just loooove your recipes ❤️5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you!!

  2. Judy Blake says:

    I made the cranberry sauce today and it is delicious!! I added the mandarin oranges and some walnuts I had……..out of this world. Thank you for the recipe!!

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I’m so glad you like this recipe! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.