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Classic Cranberry Sauce

By: Stephen Richards, author of Delicious Meets Nutritious
Classic Cranberry Sauce

You pretty much have to have cranberry sauce as part of your holiday spread, so why not make this great recipe for Classic Cranberry Sauce? This recipe is so easy to make, you'll never want to buy canned cranberry sauce again! A good way to test whether or not the sauce is thick enough is to set your spoon on top of the sauce. If it sinks, it needs more time. If the sauce is thick enough to support your spoon, you know the sauce is just about done. If you're feeding a big crowd, double the recipe.


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  • 12 ounces bag cranberries (2 cups frozen)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup Agave syrup


  1. Combine cranberries, water and agave syrup in a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil.
  3. Reduce temperature to simmer for about 10 minutes. Cranberries will pop.
  4. Stir until sauce thickens (about 10 to 15 minutes), and remove from heat. (If you can rest your spoon on top of the sauce without it sinking, then you know the sauce is done).
  5. Chill and store in an airtight container or serve warm.

Orange Cranberry Sauce:
Exchange 1/2 cup water for orange juice in the
Classic Recipe and add 2 tsp. of orange zest.

Lemon Cranberry Sauce:
Exchange 1/4 cup lemon juice for 1/4 water in
the Classic Recipe and 2 tsp. of lemon zest.

Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce:
Add 1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds to the
Classic Recipe.

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I always say I'm going to learn to make homemade cranberry sauce and just in time for the holidays I find this recipe. Knowing what ingredients are in it is such a big deal to me but I've never used agave syrup before, it's a substitute for sugar right? The different variations are nice but my favorite is orange compliments the cranberries so wonderfully!

Thank goodness, I'm finally able to find this recipe, Classic Cranberry Sauce which is good to pair with chicken or pork recipes. Cranberry is packed with health benefits that is why opting for the natural one over the canned one is good for you. Check the season of cranberries so you can get the betterr fruits for this recipe.

The only cranberries I have ever had were the jellied one in a can. My son loves it. I will have to try this for Christmas dinner and maybe this will become our favorite cranberry sauce. The different variations that you can make sounds very delicious. I will give them all a try.

It was so simple to make! I doubled the recipe to make enough for my entire group. And it was perfect with the turkey :)

I prefer regular cranberry sauce from the can. But it was good.

It was a little tart for me, but that depends more on the cranberries. The recipe was great!

I am a lover of all things cranberry, and this cranberry sauce was delicious! It went perfectly with the turkey and stuffing and wasn't overpowering at all. Next time I might add some clementine oranges to it for an added pop of tart flavor!

So yummy! I went back for seconds after tasting this cranberry sauce! It pairs great with biscuits, turkey and stuffing!

absolutely the easiest and best cranberry sauce ever.


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