Paleo Cranberry and Orange Sauce for Thanksgiving or Christmas

I love cranberry sauce with my roast turkey….

But if you buy it it contains all sorts of dubious extra ingredients.  And if you make it following the recipe on the back of the packet of cranberries you bought you will be adding a ton of unneeded  (and probably unwanted if you are paleo!) sugar…

For example, the recipe on the back of my pack of Ocean Spray cranberries calls for 1 cup of sugar for a 340g pack of cranberries.

I ignore this recipe and make my own….  I use orange zest and juice to add a touch of extra sweetness and to provide another layer of flavour and honey as a sweetener.  I just don’t add 1 cup of it.  I also add a little cinnamon to provide that extra sweetening effect.

While not as sweet as the conventional cranberry sauce, this is not unbearably sour…  it has a pleasant sharp taste the compliments turkey perfectly.

Cranberry and Orange Sauce

makes 2 cups (more than enough for 6 with plenty of leftovers)


  • 1 340g (12oz) bag of cranberries
  • 2 navel oranges – zest and juice
  • 2-4 tbsp honey to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Put the cranberries in a small pan with the orange zest, honey and cinnamon.  Squeeze the juice into a 1 cup measuring cup and make up to the 1 cup level with water (you could also use red wine if you are feeling decadent!).

Place over a medium high heat and simmer until the cranberries have burst.  This will take approximately 10 minutes.

Cool to room temperature and serve with your turkey.


Store any leftovers in the fridge.

2 thoughts on “Paleo Cranberry and Orange Sauce for Thanksgiving or Christmas

  1. Pingback: Paleo Stuffing for Thanksgiving or Christmas | salixisme

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