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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 147kcal
Author Anna


  • 12 oz. bag of fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup water see note
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


  • Place all ingredients, stir well.
  • Bring to boil. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer until the sauce thickens, about 10 to 12 minutes. Smash cranberries, leaving some whole.
  • Remove from heat and cool. It will thicken even more as it cools.


This sauce can be made 3 days ahead.


Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 9.1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.2mg