Keep It Simple With a Zesty Cranberry Sauce

A solid cranberry sauce recipe is a key component of any traditional Thanksgiving menu. It should be tart, jellylike, and balanced by sweetness — a counterpoint for serving alongside your turkey and side dishes. This cranberry sauce recipe is all of the above, plus it incorporates a bright addition of orange zest that adds to the flavor profile. It's incredibly simple, and although I usually enjoy it once a year, I can't help but think that it would be wildly delicious on toast or even with cheesecake. Keep on reading for the recipe.

Cranberry Sauce With Orange Zest

Cranberry Sauce With Orange Zest


  1. 12-ounce package of fresh cranberries, rinsed
  2. Zest of 1 small orange
  3. 1 cup water
  4. 1 cup sugar


  1. In a small sauce pan, heat all of the ingredients together over medium-high heat until cranberries break down and gel, about 15 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat, cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until ready to serve.

Makes 1-1/2 to 2 cups.

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