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Easy 3-ingredient Cranberry Sauce (+Video)

Recipe for an easy, 3-ingredient Cranberry Sauce made from scratch with fresh cranberries. Perfect addition for any Thanksgiving dinner!

Easy 3-ingredient Cranberry Sauce |

In Austria (where I am from), we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but this certainly does not keep me from celebrating with my US readers. My boyfriend and I have started to make our own small Thanksgiving celebrations a few years ago. And while it’s mostly about the food for us (who can say no to huge thanksgiving feasts?!), we appreciate having a good reason to go a bit overboard with the food.

And what would a Thanksgiving feast be without from-scratch Cranberry Sauce? A pretty sad dinner, I’d say! And the sauce is too easy, not to make it, so let’s get started!

Watch how to make my easy 3-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce – Recipe Video (1 min)

Easy 3-ingredient Cranberry Sauce |

For this super simple, vegan Cranberry Sauce you only need 3 ingredients: Fresh cranberries, sugar and blood orange juice. Instead of the blood orange juice, you could also use regular orange juice, but I prefer this version much more, because it’s not THAT orange-y tasting and it complements the flavors of the fresh cranberries perfectly.

So yeah, this is my spin on from-scratch Cranberry Sauce. I hope you like it!

Easy 3-ingredient Cranberry Sauce |
Easy 3-ingredient Cranberry Sauce |

Easy 3-ingredient Cranberry Sauce

Elephantastic Vegan
Recipe for an easy, 3-ingredient Cranberry Sauce made from scratch with fresh cranberries. Perfect addition for any Thanksgiving dinner!
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Vegan
Servings 1 cup
Calories 346 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup white sugar (make sure it’s vegan as some US companies use bone char filters)
  • 3/4 cup blood orange juice (juice can be non-vegan as well, make sure you use a brand that does not use gelatin for filtering)


  • In a medium pot, heat the blood orange juice and white sugar on medium-high heat until it dissolved. Bring it to a boil.
  • Add in the fresh cranberries. Let it cook for about 10-15 minutes (with the lid off, so the juice can cook down)
  • Once the cranberries are soft and broken apart, let the sauce cool down. It will get thicker then.


Calories: 346kcalCarbohydrates: 87gProtein: 1gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 499mgFiber: 7gSugar: 71gVitamin A: 460IUVitamin C: 112.9mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 0.8mg
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Friday 23rd of March 2018

What would you substitute for the orange juice? I'm allergic to citrus


Tuesday 27th of March 2018

You can use water instead. Maybe add a splash of fruit juice (cherry would be a good fit, I think) to give it a fruity taste!

Rebecca Strength and Sunshine

Tuesday 8th of November 2016

Cranberry sauce is good no matter if it's a holiday or not! So lovely and easy! I always love the color of cranberry most!


Wednesday 9th of November 2016

I was so happy when I found fresh cranberries in the store, we usually don't have them here. But I could get used to having the sauce all year round ^.^ I understand now why everyone loves Thanksgiving :P - oh and also that being thankful part is really nice for a change!