This easy Orange Cranberry Sauce has Cinnamon and Vanilla in it. The complex but familiar flavors give it such a high end taste. Easy to make, this is a surprisingly simple recipe to make that everybody will love.
This is probably one of the easiest recipes we have on our site. And might I say- one of the tastiest! I love this spread on sandwiches, slices of turkey, or just as a simple easy side dish. It’s actually fabulous with pork, as well!
To start, zest an orange (it should yield about a tablespoon of zest). The important step of this is making sure you only zest the outter orange layer, not the pith- that’ the white underlay of the orange and it is biter!
After you’ve added zest, orange juice, cinnamon, and cranberries in at least a 3 inch deep pot on the stove, you’ll add some vanilla extract, and continue to let simmer on medium heat.
How will I know when the cranberries are cooked?
The cranberries will ‘pop’, meaning they will deflate, and in about 10 minutes, this will look just like the consistency of the cranberry sauce you are used to! That is…unless you are the type that likes the canned jellied kind, which I am partial to and if you do prefer that, I won’t judge. In fact- I’ll embrace you, because that stuff is delicious too.
Once the cranberries have popped and look like the above picture, remove from heat, allow to cool, and transfer to a serving dish.
It’s really that simple to make your own cranberry sauce. The flavor of this recipe makes it worth it!
If you are a big fan of Cranberry recipes, check out these other recipes:
- Cranberry Curd Tart: Garnished with raspberries and pistachios- A unique holiday treat with bright, gorgeous Christmas colors!
- Overnight Cranberry Crush Vodka: No long soaking retired…instant boozy gratification!
- Cranberry Upside Down Cake: Festive, vibrant, and perfect for the holidays!
Cheers to Thanksgiving meals and cozy times with your family!
Learn to make this with our video here- It really helps show how the cranberries go from full to popped!
Orange Cranberry Sauce with Cinnamon and Vanilla
- 12 oz fresh cranberries (this is a standard size bag)
- 1 tbsp fresh orange zest
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar use 3/4 cup if you like a sweeter cranberry sauce
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- In a pot on the stove on medium heat, combine orange juice, orange zest, cinnamon, and sugar. Stir and allow sugar to disolve before moving to next step.
- Add cranberries, and vanilla extract.
- Cook until cranberries 'pop'. Once cranberries have fully deflated and sauce has thickened, transfer to serving container and allow to cool. Serve and enjoy.