Homemade Cranberry Sauce in an elegant serving dish.

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

A classic Thanksgiving side dish made from scratch with just 4 ingredients! Perfectly sweet and tarty!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberry sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 5 people
Calories 147 kcal
Author Anna


  • 12 oz. bag of fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup water see note
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
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  1. Place all ingredients, stir well.
  2. Bring to boil. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer until the sauce thickens, about 10 to 12 minutes. Smash cranberries, leaving some whole.
  3. Remove from heat and cool. It will thicken even more as it cools.

Recipe Notes

This sauce can be made 3 days ahead.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 147
% Daily Value*
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 57mg2%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 32g36%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Vitamin C 9.1mg11%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.