Simple 2-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce Recipe Cooks In 10 Minutes by Donna John

Simple 2-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce Recipe Cooks In 10 Minutes

Nothing against that jellied cranberry sauce in the can. But if you want to up the ante this Thanksgiving make homemade cranberry sauce. With just two ingredients (and some water) and 10 minutes cooking time, how could you not try this low-sodium cranberry sauce?

This two-ingredient cranberry sauce recipe couldn’t be any easier. It's just cranberries, sugar and water. Yes, that's all you need to add to your shopping list. These vegetarian and gluten-free cranberries cook in the sugar water until they soften and pop. Yes, they will pop. 

Serve this sweet and tart cranberry sauce as a side dish with that holiday turkey or ham, or with dinner any night of the week. 

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 0 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1 bag (12 ounces) fresh cranberries, rinsed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water

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Recipe Notes

  • Use a potato masher to make the cranberry sauce smoother.
  • Store the cranberry sauce in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • For extra flavor, stir in some orange or lemon zest.
  • A quick way to wash the cranberries it to place them in a mesh strainer and run it under cold water.

Here's how to make it:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. (The cranberries will start to pop open.) 
  2. Cool completely then put in the fridge to chill.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 73

Total Fat: 0g

Saturated Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 0mg

Total Carbohydrate: 18.3g

Dietary Fiber: 0.7g

Total Sugars: 17.3g

Protein: 0g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 3mg

Iron: 0mg

Potassium: 31mg

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Donna John
If you wanted, you could add some orange zest, orange juice or even some nutmeg or cinnamon.
Dr. Shayna Mancuso
Thx for this!! Love the cinnamon addition idea too
Jan Mostrom
I made this for the first time and used 1/2 orange juice, 1/2 apple cider and 1/2 cup less sugar! A little tart but good! Thanks for the inspiration!
Donna John
I made this last night but added some thinly sliced jalapeno to it. Tastes amazing!!!
Elisa Schmitz
I’m making this today and adding orange juice. I didn’t buy jalapeños at the store and too crowded to go back. Next year! Donna John Jan Mostrom Rosie Schmitgen
Donna John
Candy Stephens used orange juice. How did it come out???
Gwen Johnson
Love making my own cranberry sauce.
Elisa Schmitz
I made a variation of this simple recipe for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it! Instead of water, I used half cup fresh squeezed orange juice, half cup pumpkin apple cider, 3/4 cup brown sugar, sprinkle of cinnamon. Just delicious! Donna John Dr. Shayna Mancuso Jan Mostrom

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