Simple Delicious Cranberry Sauce: 3 Ingredients!

My sister first passed along the secret.  Homemade cranberry sauce is a snap.  Tart and sweet at the same time, I have been known to eat it by the spoonful.

Since we like to eat organic—and often prefer less sugar than commercial brands use, making my own seemed the way to go.  Can you even find organic cranberry sauce?

Cranberry sauce is a given for turkey, but its versatility goes far beyond. I serve it with roast chicken, on Swedish pancakes (did you know that cranberries are a cousin of the traditional lingonberry sauce?) and have even used it in chicken salad (more on this next week).  With a variety of phytonutrients and vitamin C, cranberry sauce is a healthy and festive way to get a fruit/veggie serving.   You are counting your five-a-day, aren’t you…?

When one of my CSAs befriended a local organic cranberry grower, the deal was clinched.  This is what 10 lbs of frozen cranberries looks like:

10 lbs of Cranberries

The recipe below makes enough for one of my family dinners (with an extra spoon or two for me).  Double or triple if you are hosting a crowd.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce


  • 1/2 c water
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 c cranberries


1. Stir sugar and water on medium heat until sugar is dissolved.  (I added a cinnamon stick for variety, but this is optional).

Dissolve Sugar

2.  Add cranberries and bring to a boil.

Cranberries, cooking

Bring to a Boil

3.  Cook until cranberries pop–about 10 minutes. (Remove cinnamon stick if you used one).

Cooked Cranberry Sauce

Cooked Cranberry Sauce

4.  Cool, then serve.

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

5. Enjoy!

5 thoughts on “Simple Delicious Cranberry Sauce: 3 Ingredients!

  1. Emily

    Looks wonderful! I would love to try it, but it’s unfortunately hard to find cranberries in the UK. I’ll have to come back to this next year!

  2. Diane Paulbeck

    Inger, this looks great. I also saw the article in today’s Journal Sentinel about your “Curried Cranberry and Turkey Salad Sandwich”. That looks great too.
    So good to hear about you.

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