Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce – A Pinch of Healthy

This easy homemade cranberry sauce will be the perfect finishing touch to your Thanksgiving meal. So simple and delicious!

This easy homemade cranberry sauce will be the perfect finishing touch to your Thanksgiving meal. So simple and delicious! | APinchOfHealthy.com

hand serving easy homemade cranberry sauce with a spoon

And with only three ingredients, you’ll be surprised how simple it is to make. My mom usually makes this a few days ahead of the Thanksgiving meal, and she keeps it in the refrigerator until it is time to serve it.

It is so delicious with her oven roasted turkey breast and southern cornbread dressing!

How to make cranberry sauce on the stovetop

To make it, you start with a twelve ounce bag of fresh cranberries.

This easy homemade cranberry sauce will be the perfect finishing touch to your Thanksgiving meal. So simple and delicious! | APinchOfHealthy.com

After giving them a good rinse, you make a simple syrup by bringing one cup of water and one cup of sugar to a boil. Add the cranberries, and then simmer until they all burst, about 10 minutes.

Cool and refrigerate, and that sauce will thicken up on its own.

An voila! It’s ready for turkey and dressing!

easy homemade cranberry sauce in a white bowl with spoon and blue towel

How easy is that?!

How to make easy cranberry sauce in the Instant Pot

I am adding an extra set of instructions this year!🤓🙌🏻 To make this in your Instant Pot (or any other brand electric pressure cooker), add your three ingredients to the stainless inner pot, and stir. No need to dissolve anything, just dump it all in.

Put the lid on, lock it and set the pressure valve to sealing. Cook on high pressure for two minutes.

Let it naturally release for about ten to twelve minutes, and quick release the rest. Letting is naturally release a bit helps lower the chance of splatter.

Another tip along those lines: to avoid any potential cranberry splatter, place a kitchen towel over the vent release. Be sure and wash the valve well after you are done with warm soapy water. This will remove any residue.

Refrigerate, just like the stovetop version, and it will thicken.

easy homemade cranberry sauce

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

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easy homemade cranberry sauce in a white bowl with spoon and blue towel

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This easy homemade cranberry sauce will be the perfect finishing touch to your Thanksgiving meal. So simple and delicious! 

Author Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy

Ingredients

  • 12
    ounces
    fresh cranberries
    rinsed
  • 1
    cup
    sugar
  • 1
    cup
    water

Instructions

Stovetop instructions

  1. Bring the water and sugar to a boil, and stir to dissolve sugar.

  2. Add the cranberries, and simmer until most of the cranberries burst, about 10 minutes.

  3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it . (Keeps for about 2 weeks)

Instant Pot instructions

  1. All cranberries, water and sugar to the inner stainless steel pot, and stir to combine. No need to dissolve anything.

  2. Put the lid on, lock it and set the pressure valve to sealing.

  3. Cook on high pressure for two minutes.

  4. Let it naturally release for about ten to twelve minutes, and quick release the rest by rotating the pressure valve release. (Optional: place a dish towel over the steam vent when releasing to catch any potential cranberry splatter.)

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.

We always make this at least the night before (or a few days in advance) to make sure it has time to cool and thicken. One less think to think about on Thanksgiving Day!

You can use a potato masher or even a wooden spoon to break down the whole cranberries a little more, if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Amount Per Serving

Calories 62

% Daily Value*

Sodium 1mg0%

Potassium 19mg1%

Carbohydrates 16g5%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 14g16%

Vitamin A 15IU0%

Vitamin C 3.1mg4%

Calcium 2mg0%

Iron 0.1mg1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Note: This recipe originally appeared on A Pinch of Healthy November 15, 2017. 

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