Basic Cranberry Sauce

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by Jeanette G

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.

Top Review by MrsM1021

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.

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.

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