3-Ingredient Paleo Cranberry Sauce

3-Ingredient Paleo Cranberry Sauce
This 3-ingredient paleo cranberry sauce is incredibly simple. It’s made with fresh whole cranberries, and it’s one of the easiest Thanksgiving dishes to make from scratch. Fresh cranberry sauce takes just 15 minutes to cook. You can make it the day before. And it’s naturally gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free.

This quick and easy cranberry sauce is great on its own, or as the base for different flavor variations. Here are a couple of different flavors to try:

Dijon Cranberry Sauce – Stir in a tablespoon of Dijon mustard once the sauce is cooked. This is a great variation for sandwiches the next day.

Spiced Cranberry Sauce – Add a cinnamon stick and a few whole cloves to the sauce while cooking. Cut a strip of orange peel and poke the cloves through it so it will be easy to remove the whole spices once the sauce has cooked.

Or use this 3-ingredient paleo cranberry sauce as the base for your own flavor combination. However you make it, add fresh cranberry sauce to your paleo Thanksgiving menu.

Quick & easy paleo cranberry sauce with just 3 ingredients and no refined sugar | cookeatpaleo.com

3-Ingredient Paleo Cranberry Sauce
Serves: 4-6 servings
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • ¾ cup fresh orange juice
  • ½ cup honey
  1. Combine cranberries, orange juice, and honey in sauce pan. Simmer over medium heat, until berries pop and sauce thickens, about 10 - 15 minutes.
  2. Cool completely and refrigerate.
  3. Serve at room temperature.


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    • says

      I haven’t tested it with any other sweeteners, but this recipe is pretty flexible so you should be able to substitute. I would add the sweetener to taste, and add extra liquid if it’s too thick, or simmer it a little longer if it looks too thin. It may take a little experimenting to get it right.

  1. says

    I was in a pinch. I’m the only one in the house that likes cranberries and usually just forget them. I grabbed a bag of fresh ones on my last trip to the store, but it had been years since I cooked any, so thanks for posting this. I didn’t have any OJ in the house (just grapefruit juice). So I peeled 2 oranges and popped them into my a Breville Hemisphere blender then hit liquify. Worked out great, I used 1 cup (I wouldn’t necessarily want this in a glass to drink, but the added pulp is fine in relish 😉 I also used SugarLeaf (SweetLeaf stevia/cane sugar blend, I didn’t have enough honey), about 1/4 cup and two droppers of Lemon Drop liquid stevia. Perhaps not Paleo perfect but it scratched my cranberry itch just enough.

    • says

      Pamela, I’m so glad you got to have your cranberry sauce – the pureed whole oranges sound like a great option!

  2. Tami says

    We made this recipe using 32 oz of cranberries, 1/2 cup honey and 2 1/4 cup orange juice, 1t cinnamon, 1t allspice, 1/4t ginger and 1/4t cloves and it was great! Not sure if the spices helped sweeten the cranberry sauce, but I think we could have used less honey. Thanks for the recipe!


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