3-Citrus Cranberry Sauce

November 6, 2023Brianna
3-Citrus Cranberry Sauce

You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting to recipe test cranberry sauce recipe. I never once saw fresh cranberries sold in Finland so I never could make anything with cranberries there. I am a cranberry lover. It’s really the only kind of juice I will choose over water regularly. Juice is too sweet for me but cranberry juice is enough tart to make it perfect to me. All this to say I’m happy I can make cranberry recipes now and I think that you’ll see a handful in the coming weeks because I bought several big bags of fresh cranberries from Costco. haha! If you’re in charge of cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving this is a great recipe for that.

If you’re looking for other Thanksgiving recipes here are a few links to them: 100% from scratch green bean casserole, Perfect mashed potatoes, most of my pies in one post.


3-Citrus Cranberry Sauce

The perfect balance of sweet, tart, and tangy in a cranberry sauce. Perfect for your Thanksgiving table or put on a turkey sandwich.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: makes about 4 cups 1x



1, 12 oz bag of cranberries

1 large apple, peeled, core removed and chopped small* see note

1 orange’s juice and zest

1 lemon’s juice and zest

1 lime’s juice and zest

1 cup of water

1 3/4 cup sugar


Rinse the cranberries and remove any brown or shriveled ones.

Place the cranberries, water, and sugar in a medium sauce pan. Over medium heat, cook the cranberries for about 7-10 minutes, until the cranberries start to pop/skin starts to peel.

Add the apple and juice and zest of the citrus and continue cooking another 20-23 minutes till the apple is soft and the sauce begins to thicken.

Remove from heat and let cool completely in the pan. It will thicken more as it cools.

Refrigerate in an airtight container once it gets to room temperature.

Can be made even up to 5-6 days ahead of time.


You can use whatever kind of apple you like best. Granny smith is a good option.

Makes about 4 cups.

Keywords: cranberry sauce, citrus, thanksgiving, cranberry, side

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