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A close up of cranberry sauce in a small bowl garnished with whole cranberries and a spoon next to it.
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5 from 2 votes

Ginger Cranberry Sauce

Make this Ginger Cranberry Sauce with a hint of zing and orange for your Holiday or Thanksgiving dinner! Better than canned and done in 15 minutes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 76kcal


  • 12 ounces cranberries one bag
  • ½ cup granulated sugar see notes
  • ½ cup orange juice store bought or freshly squeezed
  • ¼ cup water or more orange juice
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger finely chopped
  • 1 tsp orange zest finely grated (optional)


  • Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan and stir to combine. Turn the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil.
  • Lower heat to medium and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the cranberries have burst.
  • Remove from heat. Let the sauce cool to room temperature before transferring to a container to chill in the fridge until ready to serve.


  • To add even more flavor to this sauce, grate some orange zest into the sauce. You can also add more ginger if you like more than a hint of zing.
  • You can increase the sugar to your taste. We like it on the less sweet side, feel free to add 1/4 cup for a more traditional sweetness or up to 1/2 cup extra for a super sweet sauce.
  • I recommend using fresh ginger! Make sure to chop it finely.
  • I prefer to use a medium saucepan instead of a skillet because the cranberries often splash when they burst during cooking.
  • The sauce will thicken as it cools.
  • You can use fresh or frozen cranberries for this recipe, dried cranberries don't work.
  • Store the cooked sauce in an airtight container or a bowl covered with plastic wrap in the fridge.


Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg