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A white bowl containing homemade cranberry sauce with a sliced orange next to it.

Maple Orange Cranberry Sauce

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Holiday
Keyword: Cranberry Sauce, Homemade Cranberry Sauce, Thanksgiving side dish recipes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 184kcal
This is not your run-of-the-mill cranberry sauce. The flavors are so bright and absolutely delicious. The Loon's not even a fan of cranberry sauce, and he couldn't stop eating this when I first made it. You can also make a day before the big feast, of weeks or a month or so, too, if you freeze it. Holiday Side Dish Perfection!
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  • 12 oz. cranberries fresh or frozen, about 3 cups
  • 1 cup maple syrup pure
  • cup orange juice
  • cup cranberry juice not cocktail
  • 1 tsp orange zest plus more for garnish


  • Combine the cranberries, maple syrup, orange juice, cranberry juice and orange zest in a medium-size saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally, just until the cranberries burst, about 5 – 10 minutes.
  • Turn down the heat to medium-low and continue cooking over lower heat until the juice is thick, about 10 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat. Allow to cool, and then chill in the fridge until ready to serve. It should have a nice jelly-like consistency.
  • Garnish with extra orange zest.


Fresh cranberries can usually be found at well-stocked supermarkets in the produce section in plastic bags.
Use additional orange zest, if desired. We usually go with about 1 tbsp. 
Be sure to use pure maple syrup, not pancake syrup!
Can be made up 1 one day in advance.  Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.  Can be frozen for up to 1 month. 


Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg