A spoon of cranberry sauce.

Cranberry Sauce with Orange Zest

Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Orange Zest, a classic holiday dish. This cranberry sauce is spiced with cinnamon and orange zest, and is ready in just 15 minutes.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberry sauce with orange zest
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 121kcal
Author Heather


  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup water


  • In a saucepan over medium-low heat, add cranberries, sugars, orange zest, cinnamon, and water. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Cook cranberries over medium heat for 10-12 minutes, until cranberries burst and sauce begins to thicken. 
  • Remove from heat and pour into serving bowl. Sauce will thicken as it cools. 


  • Ground ginger can be used in addition to, or instead of, ground cinnamon.
  • Cranberry sauce can be served warm, room temperature, or cold. Keep in mind the sauce may thicken substantially if refrigerated.  
  • Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to a month.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.2mg