Ginger Orange Cranberry Sauce

Tis the season for holiday dinner recipes! When I saw cranberries on sale at my local Shaw’s this week, I immediately knew I needed to make a batch of my favorite cranberry sauce/puree, flavored with spicy ginger, tangy citrus, and sweet honey. This mix can be used as a whole berry sauce at a holiday dinner (Replace the canned stuff!) or it can be pureed and used as a topper for chicken or pork, added to yogurt or smoothies, used as part of a seasonal salad dressing, or even mixed into a festive cocktail. And of course, it can be eaten on its own.


4 cups cranberries

juice of 4 clementines plus as much pulp as you can squeeze out

ginger – as much as you like!

honey, to taste

2 cups water





Start by rinsing the cranberries and picking out any under ripe or rotten ones. Sadly, these berries were on sale which, at my Shaw’s, means going bad. I picked out quite a few icky berries.

Once that’s done, add the cranberries, water, citrus juice, and pulp to a pot and start simmering on low. I added the clementines in just for a minute until warm, squeezed them again to get more juice, then tossed them.

cranberry orange sauce

Add in the ginger and honey and stir thoroughly. Let simmer until the berries have cooked down and are nice and soft. Taste frequently so that you can adjust flavorings. I added a splash of store-bought orange juice toward the end in this batch.


I plan on making smoothies with much of my cranberry sauce, so I pureed it in order to get a nice consistency. I’m hoping to also use this to top a nice roast chicken before I leave for Christmas.


The result is a bright, beautiful, and somewhat healthy puree, perfect for decorating a plate. Like my snowflake? Winking smile

cranberry sauce

Are you a cranberry sauce fan? Jellied or whole? Canned or homemade?

I actually like them all, depending on my mood! And it’s just so easy to make fresh cranberry sauce, another lesson learned from my nana!

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  1. Daisy’s avatar

    I have always loved canned cranberry sauce the best, but that’s not to say i don’t like homemade with fresh berry chunks.


  2. Taryn’s avatar

    I’ve never had cranberry sauce pureed before, but this sounds wonderfully delicious. There are so many things you can do with it! And I love all cranberry sauces anyway, jellied, fresh, any which way!


  3. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    My mom makes something very similar with ginger. It’s incredible – bet your sauce was too!


  4. Heather’s avatar

    I love cranberry sauce – my mom made a fantastic one for thanksgiving with pears. So tasty!


  5. Jean | Delightful Repast’s avatar

    I’ve always made my own whole berry sauce, but if served the canned jellied stuff when I’m out I don’t complain. I always put in oranges or something from the orange family — it’s just a magical combination, isn’t it? Your puree looks wonderful! Next time I have some leftover I’m going to throw it in the blender and see what happens!


  6. Michelle Collins’s avatar

    This looks so delicious! My aunt always made homemade orange cranberry sauce, and I loved it – I could never go back to the canned sauce.


  7. Elizabeth’s avatar

    That’s awesome that you puree it. I need to try that, it looks so good.


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