With lemon zest and a hint of spice, this delicious homemade cranberry sauce is perfect for your Thanksgiving table! It takes less than ten minutes to make, and it's a guaranteed crowd favorite.
- 12 oz bag (340g) fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1/4 cup (56g) water
- 1 cup (198g) granulated sugar
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Pinch of salt
- Place the cranberries, water, granulated sugar, lemon zest, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and salt in a medium saucepan. Stir to combine all the ingredients.
- Cook the mixture over medium-low heat until the cranberries have burst, stirring occasionally. The cooking time will depend on your heat, but it usually takes about 5-10 minutes.
- When the cranberries have burst, remove the saucepan from the heat and transfer the sauce to a heatproof container or bowl.
- Let the cranberry sauce cool to room temperature before serving. Store the cranberry sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.
- Cranberries: If you are using frozen cranberries, you don't need to defrost them before cooking.
- Tips for Planning Ahead: Want to save yourself some work on Thanksgiving day? Make this cranberry sauce a few days ahead of time! It will stay fresh in the fridge for up to a week.
Keywords: cranberry sauce, cranberry, thanksgiving, thanksgiving side dish