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Simple, Low-Sugar Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Simple, Low-Sugar Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Total Time

2 Hours 30 Mins


Serves 12 (serving size: about 2 tbsp.)

This lower-sugar cranberry sauce is fruity and tart, the perfect complement to the richness of turkey, stuffing, and gravy. A comparable amount of canned whole-berry sauce contains 60% more sugar and lacks the fresh flavor of ours.


  • 3 cups fresh or frozen whole cranberries (12 oz.)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest plus 1/4 cup fresh orange juice (from 1 navel orange), divided

Nutritional Information

  • Calories 38
  • Fat 0g
  • Protein 0g
  • Carbohydrate 10g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 7g
  • Added sugars 5g
  • Sodium 20mg
  • Calcium 0% DV
  • Potassium 0% DV

How to Make It

Combine cranberries, sugar, agave, salt, and orange juice in a medium saucepan over medium-high, and cook, stirring occasionally, until cranberries burst and liquid starts to reduce, about 15 minutes. Reduce heat to low, and simmer until liquid has a thick, syrupy consistency, about 12 more minutes. Remove from heat, and cool completely, about 2 hours. (Sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.) Sprinkle with orange zest.

Watch the video: Cranberry Sauce (August 2021).