Homemade Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce for Thanksgiving

By Nicole Presley

I know many people reach for a can of cranberry sauce to dress the Thanksgiving table with a dash of red and to add a nice, sweet condiment for the bird. But, why not make it from scratch and bring the formalities up a notch?

The fresh taste of cranberries will make you gobble gobble gobble — in two languages.

Plus, making cranberry sauce is the easiest dish to make for the holidays, can be made up to 5 days ahead of time, and only takes about 10 minutes from start to finish.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nicole’s Cranberry Sauce


In a medium sauce pan over a medium flame, mix sugar, cinnamon stick, cloves, orange juice and water, until sugar dissolves.

Bring to a boil. Once boiling stir in cranberries.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce for Thanksgiving

The cranberries will begin to pop after a couple of minutes in the boiling orange juice mixture. When you hear the cranberries pop it’s time to smash/mash them down with a potato masher.

Remove from flame and place in a bowl. Let come to room temperature, Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools. Place the cranberry sauce in the fridge covered if making a few days in advance.

Nicole Presley, a Tiki Tiki contributor, writes an original recipe food blog called Presley’s Pantry from her home in East Los Angeles. Apart from working on her blog everyday, she dedicates her time to raising her 2-year-old with her fiance, and dotes on her Mother. 

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By Contributor on November 14, 2011 · Posted in food, headline

18 Comments | Post Comment

Justice Jonesie says:

I had no idea making your own cranberry sauce was so easy! Okay, I’ll skip the can this year!!

Posted on November 15th, 2011

Myrah - Coupon Mamacita says:

Amazing! All these years using a substitution! This is definitely a Go for me! Thanks!

Posted on November 15th, 2011

AutismWonderland says:

I know what I’m making next week, it will be the one thing I make in advance! Thanks :)

Posted on November 15th, 2011

Maura says:

This is very similar to my recipe, but I use orange zest instead of orange juice and I like to keep them whole or semi-whole instead of smashing them. I LOVE cranberry sauce and wrote a guest post for Tiki Tiki on it last year at this time :) Check it out when you get a second! I’ll have to give your recipe a whirl.
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Posted on November 15th, 2011

Carrie says:

Maura, your recipe is great, too! Here it is for all to see:


Posted on November 15th, 2011

Carrie says:

I started making my own a few years ago too and had the same thought: Wow, how easy!

Posted on November 15th, 2011

Mercedes @BeChicMag says:

This looks delicious! I just started liking cranberry sauce.
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Posted on November 15th, 2011

Unknown Mami says:

Yum! This just goes perfectly with the post I have up today. I am so diggin’ this recipe.

Posted on November 15th, 2011

Carol @NYCityMama says:

I LOVE making my sauce from scratch each year. It is really easy. The only thing I wasn’t adding was the cloves, will try this version next week! Thanks for sharing!
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Posted on November 15th, 2011

Ericka says:

Nicole, I’m definitely trying out your cranberry sauce. Seems easy enough for even the that guest that tries to get by with the canned stuff. No canned stuff at my thanksgiving table this year!! Thanks for this simple recipe. Can’t wait to give it a try.

Posted on November 15th, 2011

Leslie @ La Cocina de Leslie says:

Oh, how I miss homemade cranberry sauce! Looks absolutely delicious. :)

Posted on November 15th, 2011

Li says:

Oh my God! you mean it doesn’t have to be shaped like the can?!LOL Love this and am adding it to my recipe box.


Posted on November 15th, 2011

Presley's Pantry says:

This cranberry sauce always flies off the table in seconds…. so easy to make too!

Posted on November 15th, 2011

jenny says:

not a huge fan of cranberry sauce but i might actually try this! thanks carrie and nicole!

Posted on November 15th, 2011

Blanca Stella Mejia says:

First of all, it’s already Thanksgiving time! Where did time fly? Actually I don’t normally eat that cranberry stuff because I think it is mostly from a can. But the combination of ingredients definitely makes me want to try it and it sounds easy enough. Thanks for sharing.

Posted on November 15th, 2011

Eva Smith says:

Yum Yum Yum! Bookmarking this recipe for Thanksgiving!

Posted on November 16th, 2011

Viviana Hurtado/The Wise Latina Club says:

Delish and I think the cinnamon stick will give this sauce an earthiness. Loved the little bird on the right. Clever touch!

Posted on November 19th, 2011

Peruvian Food says:

Those fresh cranberries look divine! Everything tastes better when made from scratch!

Posted on November 21st, 2011