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Ginger Cranberry Sauce: Cranberry Recipe Roundup

Ginger Cranberry Sauce: Cranberry Recipe Roundup

Thanksgiving cranberry sauce is often a polarizing side at Thanksgiving.

It seems you are either in the “I love it” camp or “I do not care for it” camp. I was in the latter camp for many years until I discovered cranberry sauce options outside of the canned version that you can slice with a knife.

Point is, if you’ve never had cranberry sauce beyond the can, I urge you try the homemade version. It’s super simple to make and versatile, too.

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Ginger Cranberry Sauce |

Ginger Cranberry Sauce

  • Author: by Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


Add ginger to your homemade cranberry sauce to make it extra special.


  • 12 ounce bag (about 3 cups) fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest


  1. Rinse cranberries and add to medium pot. Add water and orange juice, bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce to a simmer, add in honey and ginger, mix well. Cook for 10 – 15 minutes – cranberry skins will start popping and the flesh will start to cook into a sauce.
  3. Remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes. Mix in orange zest.


If you want a smoother sauce, mash with a potato masher.

If you aren’t into ginger, leave it out. Or add a cinnamon stick instead. Swap orange zest for lemon. Make it your own new Thanksgiving tradition. Or perhaps your new favorite sandwich spread.

Beyond the sauce, here are a few of Serena’s & my favorite cranberry recipes:

Holiday Cranberry Cake – A fairly healthy dessert when it comes to cake & holidays!

Festive Cranberry Whip – Another holiday recipe – a tradition in Serena’s family for generations.

Cranberry Lemon Curd – A yummy spread that doubles as a creative, homemade gift.

And some more creative cranberry recipes from around the blog-o-sphere:

Pickled CranberriesAmanda @ Phickle
I’m so intrigued by these (plus I kind of adore the name of this fermented food blog written by a Philly gal.)

Cranberry Whole Wheat MuffinsLindsay @ The Lean Green Bean
Not only are these easy to whip up, Lindsay’s post is a great read on the nutrition benefits of the all-American cranberry.

Pumpkin Spice Milkshake with Cranberry Sauce Swirl Joanne @ Eats Well Well Others
Let’s just say this is the next thing I’ll be whipping up in my blender.

Slow Cooker Cranberry SauceAnnmarie @ Real Food. Real Deals
Another way to make a batch of homemade cranberry sauce (what can’t you make in Crockpot, right?)

Almond Cranberry Quinoa BowlJanice & Liz @ Meal Makeover Moms
Get out of your oatmeal rut with this yummy breakfast recipe.

20 Healthy Cranberry RecipesKatie @ Healthy Seasonal Recipes
And if you want to continue to drool over more delicious, nutritious cranberry recipes, Katie has you covered here.

Do you like cranberry sauce? Canned or homemade? Any favorite cranberry recipes to share?

Tara | Treble in the Kitchen

Wednesday 16th of November 2016

I always make my own cranberry sauce but do keep it pretty basic. I bet the addition of ginger into this mix is wonderful!!


Tuesday 15th of November 2016

What a great cranberry sauce recipe. Bet the ginger gives it a little zing!


Tuesday 15th of November 2016

This is definitely the cranberry sauce I want to make this holiday season. This looks so good

Tasty Thanksgiving Recipes You'll be Thankful for - The Good Mama

Tuesday 25th of November 2014

[…] and all, but it’s just not my thing. This year I am determined to give it another try. This Ginger Cranberry Sauce from Teaspoon of Spice sounds tasty enough to win me […]


Sunday 16th of November 2014

Just made this-- delicious! First dish prepared in advance for Thanksgiving-- Check!

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Monday 17th of November 2014

Sweet - that's what I love about it - you can make it so far in advance - happy early Thanksgiving :)

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