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5 from 10 votes

Easy Cranberry and Orange Sauce

Let the oven do the work with this easy cranberry orange sauce recipe. It's just bursting with fresh fruity flavours and takes no effort at all. With just three ingredients and no need to watch a pan, you'll never go back to buying ready-made. 
Servings: 10
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins


  • 200 g cranberries - one cup plus a heaped half cup
  • 200 g granulated sugar
  • ½ orange - zest and juice


  • Heat oven to 170°C / Gas Mark 3 / 325°F.
  • Add all the ingredients to a medium sized ovenproof dish with a lid. Stir together. Don't worry about the lack of liquid. The sugar will draw out the juice from the cranberries.
  • Cover with the lid or tightly cover with foil. Cook in the oven for about 40 minutes. Stir occasionally during the early part of cooking, giving the bottom of the dish a good scrap to ensure the sugar dissolves properly.
  • The cranberry sauce is ready when the sugar has fully dissolved and formed a syrup, and the cranberries are soft, but retain their shape. The syrup will seem very runny, but will thicken as the sauce cools.  
  • Allow to cool, and keep in the fridge in a lidded container until needed. Serve at room temperature.


Recipe Notes
  • This cranberry sauce can be made several weeks ahead. Just keep in a sealed container in the fridge. I have found a forgotten jar of this at the back of the fridge several months after Christmas and it was still good. There are plenty of uses for good cranberry sauce, so don’t abandon it after the holidays. 
  •  If you are short on fridge space, then you can freeze the sauce and keep it for several months (I’m fairly sure that we’ve had it a full year later). Remember that a very sugary liquid will not freeze solid, so use a watertight container, or make sure the tub remains upright. 
  • Serving size is about a generous tablespoonful per person.
  • Be aware that if you are taking warfarin, cranberries may increase the blood-thinning effect of your medicine. Check with your doctor. 
Cranberry Sauce Variations
  • Spiced cranberry sauce – If you prefer a spiced cranberry sauce you can add your choice of a spice of two. Try a small piece of cinnamon stick, a few cloves, cardamon pods, or a small piece of star anise.  
  • Port and cranberry sauce – Port is a popular addition to cranberry sauce. Simply leave out the orange juice and add three tablespoons of port in its place. 
Nutritional Information
  • This recipe is 5 Weight Watchers points per portion 
• Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
• Unless stated otherwise cup conversions have been made with an online tool. For accuracy please check with your favoured conversion tool. We recommend buying inexpensive digital kitchen scales.
Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 27IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg