Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

Wondering how to make fresh Cranberry Sauce? This easy recipe has only 7 ingredients –cranberries, dried apricots, currants, ginger, orange zest, honey, and water. Better yet? This deliciously tart cranberry sauce is naturally gluten-free!

Each fall, when I see fresh cranberries in the grocery store, I know fall is upon us. My boys love cranberry sauce and love this special recipe that I make for them with dried fruit.

Cranberry Sauce
  1. Place cranberries and water in pot
  2. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer for 10 minutes
  3. Add apricots and currants, simmer for 5 minutes
  4. Add honey, orange and ginger zest and simmer 5 minutes
  5. Serve

Now you know how to make fresh cranberry sauce.  You can add another recipe to your gluten-free condiment repertoire by making this quick and easy recipe. Serve this healthy dish as a snack or over turkey!

Here are some of my other healthy Paleo recipes that use cranberries:


  1. Meredith says

    My family has been doing a similar cranberry recipe for years that’s maybe a little brighter, with a nice zesty tang from the apples and orange juice:

    1 apple, diced small
    12 oz (1 package) fresh cranberries
    3/4 cups orange juice
    1/2 cup golden rasins
    1/4 cup agave nectar or honey
    zest of 1 orange
    nutmeg & cinnamon to taste

    simmer all for 45 minutes, or until cranberries have burst and apples have softened into the mixture.

  2. Gail Marcus says

    Hi Elana,

    I love your blog and have used several of your recipes, since my boyfriend doesn’t eat glutens. I’d like to make this cranberry sauce for my Hanukkah dinner. How many does it serve. There will be about 25 of us. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!


    • Michele says

      Gail – Elana doesn’t answer comments any more but I thought I’d give you my input. This recipe makes about 2 1/4 of cranberry sauce. For 25 people I’d make at least three batches. It will last about a week so or you could freeze the leftovers. It would be yummy over cream cheese too or on top of oatmeal.

  3. Vee says

    I made the cranberry sauce yesterday, it was really good, a little tart though, I may add a little more agave nectar next time to cut some of the tartness. I will definitely make it again.

  4. Barbara says

    I just finished making this and I really like it. When I printed out the recipe on 11/15, for some reason, the orange zest did not print, but I do see it online. Can’t wait for Thanksgiving to try it with the turkey.

  5. Laura says

    Love this cranberry sauce! It’s not so syrupy sweet and I feel good about serving it….a lot! Just ate some on a yummy pile of quinoa. Thanks….again!

  6. says

    This is probably something I should know but don’t – what is ginger zest? I’ve never hear of it and to me zest is always related to citrus. I’m looking for a good cranberry sauce recipe so now I just need to know what ginger zest is. Thanks.


  7. ~M says

    This was excellent! I added a total of 4 Tbsp of agave, since my family likes it sweet (and my dad still added further sweetener). I could see this being a great topping to chicken, turkey, brisket, salads, grapefruit, smoothies, chocolate cake, cheesecake, etc. :) I especially liked the stewed apricot bits (my husband even ate the apricot bits and he dislikes apricots) and may try making the two of us a batch with more apricots so I can cut back to 2 Tbsp of agave.

  8. Kate says

    Elana thank you again for another wonderful holiday recipe. I made your honey cake for Rosh Hashanah and I made your cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving. It was amazing! I was nervous-this was my first attempt at making cranberry sauce from scratch. It was so easy and delicious. This is definitely a new Thanksgiving staple. Thanks Elana and Happy Holidays!

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