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Orange-Maple Cranberry Sauce

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields about 2 cups

Servings: 10

Pure maple syrup makes all the difference here, so avoid artificially flavored syrup. Cooking the cranberries just until they burst prevents the sauce from becoming too thick.


  • 1 12-oz. package fresh or frozen cranberries (about 3 cups), picked over and rinsed
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 medium orange, finely grated to yield 1 tsp. zest, squeezed to yield 1/3 cup juice

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 100
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 0
  • Fat (g): 0
  • Saturated Fat (g): 0
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 0
  • Carbohydrates (g): 25
  • Fiber (g): 1
  • Protein (g): 0


  • Combine the cranberries, maple syrup, and orange juice in a 3-quart saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally, just until the cranberries burst, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat, stir in the zest, and let cool to room temperature, about 1 hour. The sauce will thicken as it cools.

Make Ahead Tips

The sauce may be made up to 3 days ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


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Reviews (7 reviews)

  • PrincessDCMoonbeam | 11/27/2019

    I used 1/2 cup of good quality dark maple syrup, less 1/4 cup water and increased the OJ a bit in order to use the entire orange... it was fast, easy & fantastic!

  • Nanamw | 10/17/2019

    Best cranberry sauce ever. This recipe is definitely a keeper. And it's so easy!

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    Tigerladybarb | 11/27/2018

    I have tried several different cranberry recipes but this one takes the prize. My family loved it. Even those that usually turn their nose up at cranberry sauce. This is definitely a keeper. I did run the cranberry sauce in the blender at the end to give a smooth texture to the sauce and to please those that do not like cranberry pieces. Again this was a huge hit.

  • Ms_BB | 11/21/2018

    Great recipe! It’s extremely easy, fast and tastes delicious. Be sure to use oranges with lots of flavor and good quality maple syrup (preferably a dark one) for best flavor. I added the zest before I cooked it because I didn’t carefully read the recipe, and although next time I’ll put it in after, it was still delicious!

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