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Homemade Spiced Cranberry Sauce with orange and lime
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Spiced Cranberry Sauce

It's time to make your homemade cranberry sauce the centrepiece of your roast dinner. Adding just a few spices will really take your cranberry sauce to the next level!
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Christmas, Roast Dinner, Thanksgiving
Servings: 1 heaped cup
Calories: 80kcal
Cost: 50p / 50c


  • 1 Medium/Large Pot
  • Wooden Spoon


  • 12oz / 350g Fresh Cranberries (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup / 100g Brown Sugar (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup / 125ml Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1/2 cup / 125ml Water or more juice (see notes)
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper, or to taste (see notes)
  • squeeze of Lime Juice
  • Salt, to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer over medium heat until the cranberries pop and the sauce thickens. Taste for seasoning/sweetness/spice and adjust accordingly.



a) Can I use frozen cranberries? - You absolutely can, it may just take a few more minutes for them to pop and form a sauce.
b) How sweet should a cranberry sauce be? - It's completely down to preference. Using 1/2 a cup in the recipe will actually give you quite a tart cranberry sauce, which I prefer. But feel free to adjust to your sweet tooth as necessary.
c) What juice can I use? - I find using all orange juice results in it being a little overpowering, so I tend to use half orange juice and half either water, cranberry juice or pomegranate juice.
d) How spicy will this be? - I love spice, and especially in cranberry sauce. So I actually add a little more than 1/4 tsp. 1/4 tsp will give a good amount of heat, which actually will reduce as the sauce cools down. But if you are at all hesitant please only start with a pinch and work your way up. It's MUCH easier to increase the spice than take it out.
e) How long will this keep? - First of all, definitely make this ahead of time. No need to take up space when trying to juggle the rest of your roast dinner festivities. I'm quite liberal when it comes to leaving this in the fridge, so unless it grows legs and walks out the fridge, I'm gonna eat it. But it will definitely keep for a week if covered up.
f) Calories - Based on a division of 8 people and using 1/2 orange juice and 1/2 water.


Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.67g | Protein: 0.31g | Fat: 0.11g | Saturated Fat: 0.029g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.034g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.016g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 2.1g | Sugar: 16.36g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 12.4mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.2mg