A savory Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce With Fresh Herbs to grace your holiday dinner table this year. Made with fresh or frozen cranberries, this sauce is sure to become a family favorite.
I'm loving this herb cranberry sauce because it's:
- a little sweet
- the perfect accompaniment to any meat or fish
- INSANELY quick and easy to make
- So it's time to ditch the canned stuff and make this healthier, homemade version!
Learn how to make homemade cranberry sauce
I developed this homemade cranberry sauce recipe to go with another dish I made for the Cape Cod Cranberry contest.
Since everyone needs a cranberry sauce recipe for the holiday, I decided it would be a good idea to post it separately.
Y'all will have to promise to come back next week to check out my last Thanksgiving recipe of the year and the contest's recipe.
Then it's on to better things for this blog...like Christmas cookie recipes! WOOOHOOO SUGAR!!!
What to serve with herb cranberry sauce?
So Thanksgiving is less than one week away and I'm sitting here wondering where the past year has gone. Can't believe the holidays are already upon us and I have zero Christmas gifts bought. RUH ROH!
One thing I do know for sure is what I'm serving for Thanksgiving with this whole berry homemade cranberry sauce:
- Easy Roasted Herb Turkey
- Sweet Potato Casserole with Streusel Topping
- Fresh Ginger and Shallot Green Beans
- Sweet Potato Rolls with Bacon Butter
I love this fruit sauce so much that I could eat a big bowl of it, with a spoon, on it's own, for breakfast.
That's not too outrageous because it's probably better for you than most of the sugar-crack cereals out there.
This is the perfect homemade cranberry sauce for the holidays, so I'm going to make it again for Christmas and serve it with this Double Rum Smoked Turkey. It's so good with smoked meats.
Did you try this recipe? Please leave a comment and a rating below to let me know! I LOVE to hear from you!
Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce With Fresh Herbs
- 12 ounces fresh or frozen whole cranberries
- ⅔ cup demerara sugar
- ¾ cup water
- ¼ cup dry sherry (can substitute orange juice)
- 1 ½ teaspoons fresh rosemary , minced
- 1 ½ teaspoons fresh sage , minced
- 1 ½ teaspoons fresh thyme , minced
- ¼ teaspoon each salt and fresh ground black pepper
- the zest from 1 fresh whole organic lemon
Optional garnish: minced fresh rosemary, thyme, and/or sage leaves
- In a medium saucepan over high heat, combine all ingredients and stir well. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low heat. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until all cranberries have "popped" open and the sauce has thickened. Mash the cooked cranberries with the back of a wooden spoon to break up the cranberries and make the sauce thicker.
- Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes before placing in a serving dish. Serve warm or cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator until ready to use. The sauce is better if made the day before to give time for the flavors to meld together.
- Optional: top with minced fresh rosemary and sage leaves to add additional herb flavor.
Recipe Notes & Tips:
- Sauce will keep tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to a week or frozen up to one month.
I'm wondering if anyone has successfully canned this sauce? It sounds like something I would enjoy on muffins all year!
Hi Cheryl, I don't know if anyone has, but don't see why it couldn't be done. Great idea on putting this on muffins, especially cornbread ones!
I love cranberries but I only used them in cakes. I would love to try this sauce, I am sure it's tasty and easy to make. Congratulations for the video! ❤
Beeta @ Mon Petit Four
Wow, Karrie - I love the addition of fresh herbs! I can just imagine how awesome this smells as it's cooking! P.S. I really like the Elf gif!
Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
How did I miss this fantastic video! This cranberry sauce with herbs sounds perfect to me. I can't wait for the cookies! Woot!
Nothing compares to homemade! And this cranberry recipe takes the cake! I love the addition of the herbs! Oh my!! A perfect addition to the holiday table! Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop
I love the idea of adding herbs to the cranberry sauce! My favorite is a bit of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce all in one bite!
Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
Sometimes the best meals are the unplanned ones so if you have no clue what you're having, no biggie and I'm sure that you will pull of the best meal eva!! And I love your video, by the way! You're a real pro at those now! This sauce looks fantastic and SO much better than that canned stuff. Love the herb addition...never done that before. Looking forward to what recipe you'll be sharing next week and definitely can't wait to see those Christmas cookie recipes. I need to get going on my Christmas shopping too. I do have some done, but now I really have to get at it. I want to be able to enjoy the weeks leading up to the big day and not have to be shopping, ya know? P.S. I love that movie. One of my faves and I could watch over and over again. Hope you guys are having an awesome weekend! xoxo
I've never made my own cranberry sauce but if I did, I would be this one!! Great recipe. Happy Thanksgiving!!!