Sweet and Savory Orange-Cranberry Sauce

3.80 from 5 votes

Elevate your holiday turkey with this seasonal sauce!

Sweet and Savory Orange-Cranberry Sauce

Push the gravy to the side and leave the canned cranberries on the shelf! You won’t need either of them when you have our Sweet and Savory Orange-Cranberry Sauce! It’s bursting with pleasantly tangy flavors that will elevate your holiday meal. Plus, you can enjoy it guilt-free: Each serving contains just over 100 calories, and it contains less fat than traditional gravy.

Nutritious Flavors of the Season

The perfect recipe to add to your Thanksgiving table

You can’t have Thanksgiving (or Christmas even) without a cranberry-inspired recipe on the table! It just ties everything together, doesn’t it? Aside from the wonderful, sweet-tart flavor they provide, cranberries are also incredibly good for you! Fresh cranberries are considered a superfood because of their high nutrient and antioxidant content. They also have the ability to boost immune function, something we can all use in the winter months.

The other main flavor in this recipe is the orange juice and orange zest. We all know there are health benefits to eating oranges due to their heavy concentration of vitamin C. This vitamin promotes a healthy immune system and can help to control blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar. 

Finally, it’s worth mentioning the cinnamon in this recipe. This versatile spice can elevate the flavor profile of just about any recipe, including this seasonal sauce. Plus, it offers a wide range of medicinal properties.

Prepare this Orange-Cranberry Sauce Ahead of Time

Orange and cranberry combine to elevate our holiday turkey to the next flavor-level!

This sweet and savory orange-cranberry sauce takes less than 30 minutes to prepare, but it needs to chill for at least four hours. We recommend making it early and letting it thicken in the refrigerator while you prepare your other dishes.

Speaking of other dishes, are you interested in trying a new turkey recipe? If so, consider pairing this sauce with any of these tasty options:

Do you have leftover turkey but aren’t sure what to do with it? This Turkey, Pesto, and Cranberry Melt is a great way to use up those leftovers! Add your leftover orange-cranberry sauce to this incredible sandwich to boost the flavor!

3.80 from 5 votes

Sweet and Savory Orange-Cranberry Sauce

Sweet and savory orange-cranberry sauce is the absolute best way to treat family and friends during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cooling Time 4 hours
Yield 6 people
Serving Size 0.25 cups
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 1 bag fresh cranberries
  • 2/3 cup juice from two oranges
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (or, zest from two oranges)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup cane sugar (optional coconut sugar)
  • 1/3 cup water


  • Heat all ingredients over medium heat until simmering. Reduce heat and simmer on low heat for 20-25 minutes or until cranberries are soft, and liquid is reduced and thickened.
  • Smash cranberries into liquid, leaving some of them whole.
  • Allow to cool to room temperature then refrigerate until chilled and very thick, at least 4 hours.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.25cups | Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg |
Keywords Thanksgiving

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Chef Sallie

Chef Sallie is a personal chef, recipe developer, cookbook author, and culinary instructor. She specializes in providing healthy meals for athletes, designed to prevent injury, promote healing and provide fuel for peak athletic performance. Her recipes are designed to use seasonal, whole ingredients. Her in-home and virtual cooking classes show her clients which ingredients can be used to help treat specific health issues and improve their quality of life. She is dedicated to the idea that delicious, healthy meals can be easily prepared and accessible regardless of budget.

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