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Easy Cranberry Sauce with Orange Marmalade

Easy Cranberry Sauce with Orange Marmalade

If you’re looking for an alternative to cranberry sauce in a can, this Easy Cranberry Sauce with Orange Marmalade is the answer and it’s almost just as easy! It tastes about 100 times better than canned cranberry sauce but it’s simple, doesn’t take a lot of time, and you can make it ahead of time and freeze or refrigerate it until Thanksgiving Day. And if you’ve read my post about Turkey Gravy, you know I’m all about making things ahead and freeing up some time on Thanksgiving Day. This cranberry sauce is tart yet sweet and has an orange flavor that really makes it unique and so flavorful!


Here’s the entire recipe guys: (So easy!!)

Add everything to a pan, bring it to a boil for about 15 minutes (until the cranberries start to pop) and then reduce the heat to medium and reduce everything down for 15 minutes (uncovered). Let it cool completely. It will thicken as it cools.

Note: If you like your sauce smooth instead of chunky, just pop it in the blender or use an immersion blender to smooth it out. 

That’s it! Easy Cranberry Sauce with Orange Marmalade

Easy Cranberry Sauce with Orange Marmalade
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5 from 3 votes

Easy Cranberry Sauce with Orange Marmalade


  • 2 12 ounce bags of fresh cranberries
  • 1 18 ounce jar of orange marmalade (about 1.5 cups)
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1.5 teaspoons of cinnamon


  • Add all the ingredients to a saucepan and heat on high while stirring occasionally for 15 minutes.
  • After the cranberries start to pop, reduce the heat to medium and reduce, uncovered for another 15 minutes.
  • Let cool and either freeze or refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • (I serve mine at room temp)

Easy Cranberry Sauce with Orange Marmalade

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  • Reply
    November 19, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Totally trying this – I just added the ingredients to my Thanksgiving shopping list! I can’t wait, it looks amazing.

    • Reply
      Coco and Ash
      November 19, 2016 at 8:07 pm

      Awesome Alli!! I hope you like it 🙂 I LOVE your blog too! I’m always so jealous of your gorgeous scenery lol

  • Reply
    Liza Null
    November 24, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Thank you for this recipe, I’ve had this cranberry sauce before and it’s a lovely accompaniment to pork as well as bird.

    Thanks again – we’re having it today!

  • Reply
    Dawn McAnally
    November 29, 2019 at 11:59 am

    I have Ocean Spray dried cranberries. Do you feel it will also work?

    • Reply
      Coco and Ash
      December 11, 2019 at 9:45 am

      Unfortunate it won’t work with dried cranberries.

  • Reply
    November 23, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Do you think nuts could be added? And if so would you cook them or add after? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Coco and Ash
      November 23, 2020 at 2:42 pm

      I’ve never actually had cranberry sauce with nuts in it so I can’t say! Let me know if you try it!

  • Reply
    November 29, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    I made this for Thanksgiving and it was a hit. Super easy!

  • Reply
    Gayla Moon-Burgess
    December 11, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    This recipe is now our favorite! I used the leftover to make cranberry orange nut bread and it turned out fabulous!!

  • Reply
    Shelby Jean
    December 20, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    I have one bag of raw cranberries and one bag of frozen cranberries will this recipe work with that?
    FYI: I add chopped nuts in my cranberry salad we enjoy it that way.

    • Reply
      Coco and Ash
      December 21, 2020 at 9:30 am

      I haven’t made it with frozen cranberries but I think it should be fine 🙂
      Maybe just add a little less water to start since the frozen ones can contain more water.

  • Reply
    December 23, 2020 at 1:31 am

    I make this each year for Christmas and it is fantastic! My family loves it and my Mama says it is better than her homemade recipe. When I told her how easy it is/was, she wanted to slap me, lol. She no longer slaves over her old way and requests I make this each yr. Thanks for a great and easy, homemade recipe that makes my Mom happy and gives her a break, too. 🙂

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