Zesty Cranberry Sauce

We’ve got about 24 hours until the big Thanksgiving feast. I’ve got my Turkey sitting in the brine, all my fresh herbs are hanging out in the fridge for my Rustic Herb Stuffing, and I have my day tomorrow planned out in 15 minute increments so I can be sure not a stress out about anything! After 2 test runs of Thanksgiving, I am fairly certain that I am the most prepared that I have ever been and I am ready to go!

Cranberry sauce is an absolute must at any Thanksgiving table. It’s kinda the easiest thing to make and it really jazzes up the table. Not to mention, if there is extra, its kinda fantastic on a turkey sandwich the following day. If a leftover turkey sandwich isn’t your thing than maybe try making it into little tartlettes, or adding some cranberry sauce to muffin batter and baking fresh muffins the morning after the feast. Another quick and easy idea would be to make a cranberry smoothie to cure any Thanksgiving hangovers!

Check out this quick and easy video and you’ll be able to whip up some homemade cranberry sauce in no time at all!

I hope you all have a wonderful, delicious and blessed Thanksgiving with your friends and family and I hope you all have a wonderful time cooking too 🙂

Zesty Cranberry Sauce

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Total Time: 9 minutes

Yield: Serves 6

Zesty Cranberry Sauce


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp nutmeg


  1. In a large pot combine the equal parts water and sugar and bring to a boil until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add the fresh cranberries, turn heat to medium low, and let simmer until the cranberries start to gently pop.
  3. Remove from heat and add the orange zest and nutmeg. Transfer to a serving bowl and let cool. The cranberry sauce will thicken as it continues to cool.


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  1. I just love fresh cranberry sauce & could eat it all year long. Love the idea of adding it to muffin batter 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving! xo

  2. Wow, what a sauce! Unfortunately, I was a kid who loved the canned junk, but I’m starting to “class up” my taste for cranberry sauce as an adult, haha! This looks beautiful and full of flavor, Gaby. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  3. Gaby – could this recipe be made a day or two ahead of time or would you recommend making it the day of? Thanks!!

    1. you can totally make it ahead of time and take it out the day of Thanksgiving! That’s what I always do 🙂

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