Learn how to make basic homemade cranberry sauce with just 3 ingredients as well as 8 different flavor variations. There’s sure to be one you love!

cranberry sauce in a bowl.

Ah, cranberry sauce. Growing up, we just assumed that a gelatinous tube was our only option. We didn’t realize that cranberry sauce could actually be made from…you know…cranberries. We would slice it at about an inch thick and just stared at that circle on our plate, hoping it wouldn’t invade the rest of the meal. 

When you know better, you do better. Today we present cranberry sauce made from just 3 ingredients! 1 of which is real, fresh cranberries! We can now very proudly say that we love cranberry sauce, and with so many flavor variations on this classic recipe, we know you’ll love it too!

Can cranberry sauce be made ahead of time?

Yes! There is so much to worry about keeping your eye on in the middle of a Thanksgiving feast, we don’t want you to worry about this one. Prepare your cranberry sauce either the night before or in the morning before you’re preoccupied with turkey and pies. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Can I reduce the sugar or replace with honey?

We love a sweet cranberry sauce, but if you prefer a bit more tartness you can always reduce the sugar. We don’t recommend going below 1/2 cup of sugar though, as that would be quite tart. If you prefer to use honey rather than granulated sugar, you can do so with a 1:1 ratio, and that can also be reduced down to 1/2 cup as well.

a spoon dipped into a bowl of cranberry sauce.

Storage Instructions:

Cranberry sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 to 7 days. It is fantastic on its own, as a layer in a leftover turkey sandwich, or swirled into some plain yogurt!