Classic Cranberry Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min (plus chilling)
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings



  1. Combine the cranberries, sugar, 1 1/2 cups water and the lemon and orange zest and juice in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the cranberries burst and the sauce thickens, 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Transfer the cranberry sauce to a bowl and refrigerate until cold and thickened but still saucy, at least 4 hours and up to 1 week.