3-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce

I have a confession to make — I am a cranberry sauce convert! Before this recipe, I did not usually go for the cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving!    This 3-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce changed my mind about this holiday favorite!


What definitely changed my opinion was how easy this recipe is.  I think I was a little intimidated by it.  This side dish starts with these beautiful cranberries! This turns into …..



It not only uses 3-ingredients (cranberries, orange juice, and sugar) but it only takes 10 minutes to make.

In a large saucepan, heat up the orange juice and sugar until it dissolves.  Add the cranberries until they start to pop — once popped, these will soften up on their own.  It takes about ten minutes.


Remove the cranberry sauce from the pot into a bowl and let it cool and thicken.


Once it thickens, you can serve it with the rest of your side dishes!

3-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce


  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Orange Juice
  • 12 oz bag Fresh Cranberries


  • In a saucepan, dissolve sugar in orange juice
  • Stir in cranberries and cook for about 10 minutes or until the cranberries start to pop
  • Remove from heat and transfer to bowl
  • Serve once it thickens up


Here are some other Thanksgiving Side Dishes to enjoy:

Homemade Bread Dressing

Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta

Roasted Butternut Squash

Maple Glazed Vegetables


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