Never Going Back to the Can Cranberry Sauce

holiday recipes side dishes vegan recipes vegetarian recipes Nov 08, 2019
Never Going Back to the Can Cranberry Sauce

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 20 mins

Yields: 2 1/2 cups

Cranberry sauce is a holiday staple. But what exactly is in the jiggly stuff that comes in a can? This cranberry sauce uses fresh cranberries and I promise you it’s so good you’ll never go back to that canned stuff again. I like to make this a few days in advance to allow the flavors to really blend.


  • 1 lb fresh cranberries (washed and drained)
  • 1-1/2 – 2 cups cane sugar (depends on how sweet you like it!)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (start with an 1/8 and increase to your taste)
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced


  1. Combine cranberries, sugar and water in a medium pot. Mix well. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Reduce heat to a simmer. Add cinnamon sticks, allspice and nutmeg. Stir to combine. Simmer until some of the cranberries begin to burst (about 7 minutes).
  3. Add the orange juice, orange zest and ginger. Stir and allow to cool before serving. Enjoy!


Need more vegan Thanksgiving recipes? Try these!

  1. Baked Mac & Cheez
  2. Collard Greens
  3. Candied Yams
  4. Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  5. Mushroom Gravy
  6. Cranberry Sauce
  7. Sweet Cornbread
  8. Sweet Potato Cheesecake with Salted Caramel Sauce

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