Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce

One of my favourite accompaniments to a turkey dinner is a big scoop of homemade cranberry sauce!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 8
Author: Karyn Sunohara, Poppy Innovations


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1- 12 ounce bag of fresh cranberries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 orange zest and juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch + 1 tbsp cold water


  • In a colander rinse cranberries in cold water, once rinsed reserve 1 cup of cranberries. Add cranberries (minus 1 cup that is reserved), sugar, orange zest and juice, cinnamon stick, and water in a pot.
  • Cook over medium heat for ~10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the sugar dissolves and the cranberries are soft add cornstarch slurry (1 tbsp water + 1tbsp cornstarch).
  • Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes to allow the starch to cook off and thicken then sauce.
  • Over low heat stir in reserved 1 cup of cranberries for 5 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature before serving.


If you family prefers blended cranberry sauce you can blend the sauce with an immersion blender or blender once it is done.
Leftovers of this recipe can be used as a spread on turkey sandwiches or can be used in muffins. It also freezes well so if you have lots leftover freeze it and save it for the next big turkey dinner.