Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

I was watching a cooking show one day and this recipe caught my eye because it was just too simple. I love having cranberry sauce with my dressing during Thanksgiving and thought it would be a nice change of pace from the old can version.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 34 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (12 ounce) bag cranberries (fresh or frozen, If you use frozen berries do not defrost them. Rinse them and add about 2 minutes t)


  1. Bring water, sugar and salt to a rapid boil in a medium nonreactive saucepan over high heat.
  2. Stir occasionally to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Stir in your cranberries and return to a boil.
  4. Reduce your heat to medium and simmer until saucy and slightly thickened and about 2/3 of your berries have popped open-- about 5 minutes.
  5. Place in a bowl and cool at room temperature.
Most Helpful

I made this for Thanksgiving and it was so easy and good. I definitely had to add more sugar though because it was quite tart at first.

MrsM1021 November 30, 2008

I have made this as written and with changes. My favorite change is to use apple juice instead of water, add a dash of cinnamon and 1 cup of cool whip (just before putting in a bowl to cool.) Either way this is a great recipe thanks for sharing!

kaec March 20, 2007

This is the only way I have made my sauce for years.....with the exception of the salt...but in the last couple of years I have thrown in 1/2 an orange to jazz up the flavour a bit. But you can't go wrong with the basics !

cfletcher December 06, 2006