Easy Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Walnuts

easy cranberry sauce

Much like politics and religion at the dinner table, cranberry sauce can be divisive among families on Thanksgiving. I find that you’re either team “love it” or “hate it”, and there’s really no in-between. Unfortunately, I kind of fall in the latter camp. But I still make it every year for my dad from scratch. I say “from scratch”, but this easy cranberry sauce takes all of 10 minutes—and like four ingredients—to make. And since this sauce is more zesty than tart, if you’re on the fence like I am, you may be able to switch to the cran-loving dark side.

Even though I’m not a *huge* fan of cranberry sauce, I absolutely love making it. It’s so fun to watch the little berries pop and release their gorgeous juices. If you have kids, this is something they can definitely help you make on Thanksgiving. And, oh my God, it makes your kitchen smell divine. You’ll never want to buy a can of that jellied mush again after making this easy cranberry sauce.

Here’s how to make it:

Easy Cranberry Sauce With Orange and Walnuts

This easy cranberry sauce is so delicious, you may even be able to convert the cran sauce haters in your family this Thanksgiving.


  • 16 oz. fresh cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 orange (zest and juice)
  • 1 cup roughly chopped walnuts


  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a large pot and bring to a gentle boil until cranberries begin to pop and release their juices.

  2. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in walnuts, and remove from heat. Cool and serve.

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