Easy Ginger Orange Cranberry Sauce with Honey Recipe

Make the best-tasting ginger orange cranberry sauce with honey recipe for Thanksgiving dinner or as a delicious appetizer or spread for toast. It’s naturally sweetened without processed sugar and takes less than 20 minutes to make. You’ll never want to buy a canned version again!

My Easy Ginger Orange Cranberry Sauce with Honey Recipe is a healthier version to complement your Thanksgiving side dishes. My healthy cranberry sauce is naturally sweetened with simple ingredients, including tangy cranberries, honey, orange juice, orange zest, ginger, cinnamon, and maple syrup.

You’ll never want to use cans of cranberry sauce on your Thanksgiving table or Christmas dinner again once you’ve made your own cranberry sauce.

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Why You’ll Love This Cranberry Orange Muffin Recipe

  • You only need a few simple ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here is everything you need to make the best-tasting ginger orange cranberry sauce with honey:

Orange Zest: You can use lemon zest or tangerine zest as alternatives if you don’t have an orange.

Orange Juice: You can use tangerine juice, clementine juice, apple juice, or a mixture of lemon juice and lime juice as a replacement for orange juice. Just be aware that it will slightly change the flavor profile.

Cranberries: If you don’t have fresh cranberries, you can use frozen cranberries as a substitute. No need to thaw them before using.

Honey: You can use all maple syrup in place of honey.

Maple Syrup: In place of pure maple syrup, you can use all honey or agave nectar to balance the tartness of the cranberries.

Cinnamon: Ground nutmeg or allspice can be used as a substitute for cinnamon, although it will impart a slightly different flavor.

Vanilla Extract: Substitute with almond extract or a vanilla-flavored syrup.

Fresh Ginger: Substitute ground ginger for fresh ginger. Use 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger as a replacement for 1/8 teaspoon of fresh ginger.

Salt: You can omit the salt or use a small pinch of kosher salt if you’re looking to reduce sodium content.

Gluten-Free Glazed Cranberry Orange Muffins on a kitchen counter.

How to Make My Healthy Cranberry Orange Sauce Recipe

Step 1: Prep the Orange

Carefully grate the outer orange peel using a zester to create orange zest. Set the zest aside for later use. Cut the orange in half and juice it to obtain 1/3 cup of fresh orange juice. Set the juice aside.

Juiced and zested orange on a kitchen counter.

Step 2: Prepare the Cranberries

Rinse the 3 cups or 12 oz bag of cranberries under cold running water to remove any impurities and drain them thoroughly.

Step 3: Cook the Cranberry Sauce

Combine the orange juice, 1/2 cup of honey, maple syrup, orange zest, cinnamon, vanilla extract, fresh ginger, and salt in a medium saucepan.

Stir until well combined.

Add the rinsed 3 cups of cranberries to the saucepan.

Juiced and zested orange on a kitchen counter.

Step 4: Cook and Simmer

Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer. Let the cranberries simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until they start to burst and the sauce thickens to your desired consistency. Stir occasionally.

Juiced and zested orange on a kitchen counter.

Step 5: Add Finishing Touches

Taste the cranberry sauce and adjust the sweetness or seasoning to your preference. You can add more honey, maple syrup, or spices if needed. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the cranberry sauce cool for a few minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

Gluten-Free Glazed Cranberry Orange Muffins on a kitchen counter.

Honey Cranberry Orange Sauce Recipe Notes

Adjust Sweetness to Taste: The sweetness of the cranberry sauce can be adjusted by varying the amount of honey, maple syrup, or other sweeteners you use. Taste the sauce as it cooks and add more sweetener to suit your preference.

Consistency: The ginger cranberry sauce thickens as the cranberries burst and cook down. If you prefer a thicker sauce, let it simmer a bit longer, but be cautious not to overcook, as it can become too dense. You can thin it with a bit more orange juice if it’s too thick.

Fresh vs. Frozen Cranberries: While fresh bags of cranberries are ideal, frozen cranberries work well as a substitute. There’s no need to thaw frozen cranberries before using them in the recipe.

Serving Suggestions:

Although often used for turkey, it pairs well with chicken, duck and pork. Add it to a cheese board to go with cheddar, goat or blue cheeses. Add a layer into a yogurt parfait for a tasty breakfast treat. Use as a filling for tarts of turnovers, or spread over scones.

Refrigeration: If you have leftover cranberry sauce, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Make sure the container is tightly sealed to prevent air from entering. The cranberry sauce can last for up to one week in the refrigerator.

Cool Before Storing: Allow the cranberry sauce to cool to room temperature before refrigerating. Putting hot sauce in the fridge can raise the temperature inside the refrigerator, potentially affecting other items.

Label and Date: It’s a good practice to label the container with the date you made the cranberry sauce. This helps you keep track of its freshness and ensures you use it within the recommended timeframe.

Freezing: If you want to store cranberry sauce for an extended period, you can freeze it. Place the cooled sauce in a freezer-safe container, leaving some room for expansion, as the sauce may expand when frozen. Alternatively, you can use resealable freezer bags. Squeeze out excess air to minimize the risk of freezer burn.

Can I use dried cranberries instead of fresh or frozen ones?

Fresh or frozen cranberries are recommended for this cranberry sauce recipe. Dried cranberries won’t work as a direct substitute, as they have a different texture and moisture content.

Is it possible to make this cranberry sauce in advance for a holiday meal?

Yes, you can make this homemade cranberry sauce in advance. It can be refrigerated for up to a week, making it a convenient option for holiday meal preparation.

Can I use brown sugar as a sweetener instead of honey or maple syrup?

You can substitute brown sugar or coconut sugar for honey or maple syrup. Use an equal amount of sugar, but keep in mind that this will change the flavor and sweetness slightly.

Can I skip the ginger in this recipe if I don’t have it on hand?

While fresh ginger adds a unique flavor, you can omit it if you don’t have any. The sauce will still taste delicious with the other ingredients.

Can I adjust the level of sweetness and spices in the recipe?

Absolutely! Taste the sauce as it cooks and adjust the sweetness and spices to match your preference. You can add more honey, maple syrup, or spices as needed.

Bowl of Ginger Orange Cranberry Sauce with Honey

Ginger Orange Cranberry Sauce with Honey

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Make the best-tasting ginger orange cranberry sauce with honey recipe for Thanksgiving dinner or as a delicious appetizer or spread for toast. It's naturally sweetened without processed sugar and takes less than 20 minutes to make. You'll never want to buy a canned version again!
5 from 3 votes
Servings 12
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 12 oz fresh cranberries 3 cups
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger fresh
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Carefully grate the outer orange peel using a zester to create orange zest. Set the zest aside for later use. Cut the orange in half and juice it to obtain 1/3 cup of fresh orange juice. Set the juice aside.
  • Rinse the cranberries under cold running water to remove any impurities and drain them thoroughly.
  • Combine the orange juice, honey, maple syrup, orange zest, cinnamon, vanilla extract, fresh ginger, and salt in a medium saucepan.
    Stir until well combined.
    Add the rinsed 3 cups of cranberries to the saucepan.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer. Let the cranberries simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until they start to burst and the sauce thickens to your desired consistency. Stir occasionally.
  • Taste the cranberry sauce and adjust the sweetness or seasoning to your preference. You can add more honey, maple syrup, or spices if needed. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the cranberry sauce cool for a few minutes.
    Serve and enjoy!

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Notes

Adjust Sweetness to Taste: Taste the sauce as it cooks and add more honey or maple syrup to suit your preference.
Consistency: The ginger cranberry sauce thickens as the cranberries burst and cook down. If you prefer a thicker sauce, let it simmer a bit longer, but be cautious not to overcook, as it can become too dense. You can thin it with a bit more orange juice if it’s too thick.

Nutrition

Calories: 55kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.004gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.02gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 50mgPotassium: 50mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 32IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword applesauce, cranberry, honey, naturally sweetened, orange
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