Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce (that doesn’t suck)

cranberry sauce


cranberry sauce

Homemade Cranberry Sauce (pecans + mandarin)

This cranberry sauce has been a staple in my family for the past 10 years. Ever since my family asked me to make a side dish for thanksgiving and I needed something easy, fast, and delicious. What I thought would be a one time side dish has now become a tradition for thanksgiving. Enjoy!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • pot
  • stove or hot plate


  • 8 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup raw pecans
  • 1 tsp lemon zest (about 1 whole lemon worth)
  • 1 tbsp lemon (about half of a lemon)
  • 1 mandarin peeled, divided


  • Bring cranberries and water to a simmer on the stove till cranberries start to break down
  • Add lemon zest, juice, orange marmalade, mandarin and sugar
  • Simmer for 5 more minutes
  • Turn off the heat.
  • Add chopped pecans
  • Serve immediately or chilled overnight.



This is my own recipe for amazing thanksgiving cranberry sauce. Ditch the canned stuff and make this, it's easy and tastes WAY better. Enjoy. 
Keyword autumn, cranberry, cranberry relish, fall, orange marmalade, pecans, relish, sauce, side dish, thanksgiving
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Hey there! I’m AJ Rivera. I make easy, delicious, and healthy(ish), vegan food. When I’m not cooking you might find me watching anime, hiking with my amazing fairy wife Jadi, or playing with my two dogs. I’m so happy you’re here, and I can’t wait to show you how to make food you can be proud of. 

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