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Simple, Low-Sugar Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Simple, Low-Sugar Cranberry-Orange Sauce

This lower-sugar cranberry sauce is fruity and tart, the perfect complement to the richness of turkey, stuffing, and gravy. A comparable amount of canned whole-berry sauce contains 60% more sugar and lacks the fresh flavor of ours.

Active Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 12 (serving size: about 2 tbsp.)


  • 3 cups fresh or frozen whole cranberries (12 oz.)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest plus 1/4 cup fresh orange juice (from 1 naval orange), divided


Combine cranberries, sugar, agave, salt, and orange juice in a medium saucepan over medium-high, and cook, stirring occasionally, until cranberries burst, and liquid starts to reduce, about 15 minutes. Reduce heat to low, and simmer until liquid has a thick, syrupy consistency, about 12 more minutes. Remove from heat, and cool completely, about 2 hours.

Sauce will continue to thicken as it cools. Sprinkle with orange zest.

Nutrition Information:

Calories 38  Fat 0g  Protein 0g  Carbs 10g  Fiber 1g  Sugars 7g  Added sugars 5g  Sodium 20mg  Calcium 0% DV  Potassium 0% DV