How to Make Cranberry Sauce in the Microwave

Don’t even think of opening up a can of cranberry jelly! It couldn't be easier to make this fresh, three-ingredient cranberry sauce right in your microwave. 
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The Ingredients

All you need is a 10-ounce bag of fresh or thawed frozen cranberries, 1/3 cup sugar and 1 orange.

In a Microwave-Safe Bowl ...

... add the sugar and the finely grated zest of half the orange.

Microwave on High

Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high until the mixture is boiling and the cranberries start to soften, about 4 minutes.

Uncover the Bowl ...

... and mash some of the cranberries with a fork to help them burst.

Microwave on High, Again

Continue to microwave until all of the cranberries burst and the liquid has thickened slightly, about 3 minutes more.

Garnish & Serve

Once the cranberry sauce has cooled completely, top the dish with a sprig of fresh sage and dig in.