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Top view of homemade cranberry sauce in a white bowl with a gold spoon

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This Homemade Cranberry Sauceis easy to make in one pot with cranberries, fresh citrus and cinnamon. Takes just 15 minutes to make in one pot or your Instant Pot. Naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup or keto alternative. Perfect for Thanksgiving or your next Christmas holiday gathering.  

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas, cranberry sauce, Instant Pot, keto, low carb, paleo, thanksgiving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 26 kcal
Author Kelly


  • 4 cups fresh cranberries (about 12 ounces , frozen works as well but you may need to adjust the cooking time and amount of sweetener used
  • 1/4 cup Lakanto sugar-free maple syrup OR 1/3 cup pure maple syrup for paleo (add more or less to taste)
  • zest and juice of half an orange
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • water , as needed to desired consistency


For the Stove-top Method:

  1. Add cranberries, orange juice & zest, sweetener and cinnamon in a saucepan.

    Heat over medium heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until berries pop and sauce thickens. Stir in water, (2-3 tablespoons at a time, as needed to desired consistency).

    Top view of keto cranberry sauce in a blue pot
  2. Cool completely. Serve at room temperature or refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days ahead.

    Top view of homemade cranberry sauce in a white bowl with a gold spoon
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 26
% Daily Value*
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.