Citrus Cranberry Sauce

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Experience the true essence of Citrus Cranberry Sauce with this recipe that celebrates the vibrant flavors of whole fruits. Say goodbye to the smooth, canned versions, as this Simple Cranberry Sauce offers a quick and delicious alternative. Plus, its make-ahead capability allows for Thanksgiving convenience, making it a must-try addition to your holiday feast.

Picture succulent chunks of cranberries mingling with the zesty notes of orange and the robust tang of red grapefruit. This fusion of flavors creates a symphony that dances on your taste buds, offering a delightful departure from the smoother, store-bought counterparts.

Embrace the delightful blend of citrus and cranberries flavors in this homemade sauce, perfect for elevating your Thanksgiving table. Serve this Cranberry Sauce with Turkey Chile-Citrus Butter or our recipe for Thanksgiving Turkey. Also pairs well with Garlic Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes or Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes.

Cranberries emerge as a nutritional powerhouse, boasting abundant nutrients and antioxidants, earning them the well-deserved title of a “superfood.” With just 25 calories in half a cup, they stand as a low-calorie nutritional treasure trove. Beyond their calorie thriftiness, the nutrient profile of cranberries has been associated with various health benefits, including reducing the risk of urinary tract infections, guarding against specific cancer types, bolstering immune function, and potentially contributing to lower blood pressure in select individuals.


Citrus Cranberry Sauce

Citrus Cranberry Sauce

This real Citrus-Cranberry sauce has chunks of whole fruit. It’s a super fast and delicious alternative to the smooth canned-and-jellied version. This Simple Citrus-Cranberry Sauce can be made days before and refrigerated, making it a very convenient recipe for Thanksgiving.

  • Author: Carrie Morey
  • Prep Time: :05
  • Cook Time: :15
  • Total Time: :20
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop / Refrigerator


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  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • Juice and zest of 1/2 orange
  • Juice and zest of 1/2 red grapefruit
  • 1 lb. cranberries (frozen or fresh)


  1. In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring sugar and 1 cup water to a boil. Add fruit juices and zests, and return mixture to a boil.
  2. Add cranberries; reduce heat to medium and cook until cranberries pop, 10 to 12 minutes. Chill.
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