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Skip the cans this year and make your own cranberry sauce! Ready in just 15 minutes with only 3 ingredients, you'll wonder why you never made it before.

cranberry sauce

I've never really paid much attention to the cranberries on the Thanksgiving table.  My dad likes the jelly cranberries and it just didn't look appetizing.  But the bags of fresh cranberries were calling to me in the grocery store and I caved.

Easy Cranberry Relish

I was surprised to find out that making cranberry sauce is super easy.  All you need are water, sugar and the berries. From there you can doctor up the sauce with orange juice, blueberries, dried fruit, and even spices. I add a drop each of clove essential oil, nutmeg essential oil, cassia essential oil, ginger essential oil, and frankincense essential oil.

The sauce thickens as it cools and it can be made days ahead of time.  You could even freeze for a later use.

Easy 3 Ingredient Cranberry Sauce


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 bag (12-16 oz) fresh cranberries


  1. Dissolve the sugar in the water in a medium size pot over medium high heat.
  2. Once the sugar is dissolved, add the cranberries to the pot. The cranberries will begin to pop and break open. This takes about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and flavor as desired.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 957kcal Calories from fat 5
% Daily Value
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 19mg 1%
Carbohydrate 248g 83%
Dietary Fiber 18g 72%
Sugars 216g
Protein 2g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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2 comments on “Easy 3 Ingredient Cranberry Sauce

  1. I’ve made something very similar for years, but mine has apples also. Very yummy!

  2. Super simple!! My kind of recipe – Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner Link up!