cranberry sauce with orange juice and honey

Happy Thanksgiving week everyone! I’ve got two more days of work and then I head to Tucson for turkey day to spend it with the family. I’m really looking forward to it, it’s one of my favorite holidays to just relax and unwind. As far as sides go, I’ve been assigned the pumpkin pie (from Costco), mashed potatoes (my fave), and I’m going to whip up this homemade cranberry sauce with orange juice and honey.

This cranberry sauce is tangy, sweet, and delicious. It takes only about 10-minutes to make so you kinda feel a small dose of imposter syndrome wondering — wow, is it really this simple, good, and fast to make? Yes, yes it is.

cranberry sauce with orange juice ingredients orange juice orange zest cranberries honey and cinnamon

You can make this cranberry sauce a few days in advance, it holds up perfectly in the fridge and if you’ve got a lot on your cooking agenda for this Thursday, making whatever you can ahead of time is a tremendous time saver.

cranberry sauce ingredients

This recipe calls for fresh squeezed cranberries, orange juice, orange zest, honey, and cinnamon.

Without further adieu, here’s the recipe.

Cranberry Sauce with Orange Juice

Cranberry sauce made with fresh squeezed orange juice, orange zest, cranberries, honey, and cinnamon. Tangy, sweet, and delicious. 

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12


  • 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 12 oz bag of cranberries
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp orange zest (reserve a tiny pinch for garnish)


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat combine the cranberries, orange juice, orange zest, honey, and ground cinnamon. Mix together and let cook until the cranberries start to pop. This takes about 10-15 minutes. Once most of the cranberries have popped, remove from heat, and transfer sauce into a bowl. The cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.

Recipe Notes

If you don't have honey on hand, a 1/2 cup of white sugar will work too. 

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