Spicy Cranberry Sauce – Easy to Make

Don't buy that can of cranberry sauce - this is EASY
Spicy Cranberry Sauce

Spicy Cranberry Sauce

This Spicy Cranberry Sauce is very easy to make and will delight your guests. It’s very tasty with the seasonings of the season and goes very well with whatever you serve. Freshly grated nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and allspice combine to make a great side dish for your meal.

About Cranberries

Cranberries are very good for you. They have been part of Thanksgiving traditions since at least 1672 when John Josselyn wrote about them.

Sauce for the Pilgrims, cranberry or bearberry, is a small trayling [sic] plant that grows in salt marshes that are overgrown with moss. The berries are of a pale yellow color, afterwards red, as big as a cherry, some perfectly round, others oval, all of them hollow with sower [sic] astringent taste; they are ripe in August and September. They are excellent against the Scurvy. They are also good to allay the fervor of hoof diseases. The Indians and English use them mush, boyling [sic] them with sugar for sauce to eat with their meat; and it is a delicate sauce, especially with roasted mutton. Some make tarts with them as with gooseberries. ~ John Josselyn – New England Rarities Discovered

Please make your own cranberry sauce, it’s much better for you, and has been easily prepared for almost 400 years.


You are better off using whole spices in this than ground spices. Sadly, when I made this sauce this morning, I did not have whole allspice but I had recently purchased it, so it still had good flavor. To keep the sauce from being cloudy, put your spices in a little cheesecloth bag. I just cut some cheesecloth, put the spices in, and closed it up with a butterfly clip. Yes, butterfly clips are great for cooking and keeping things together. I like to use them to reseal packages, just roll the top down and clamp.

Let’s make Spicy Cranberry Sauce


Spicy Cranberry Sauce

Spicy Cranberry Sauce

Don't buy that can of cranberry sauce - this is EASY
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Side, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Difficulty: Easy
Newsletter: 2019-10-31
Servings: 6
Calories: 77kcal



  • 1 bag Cranberries, fresh
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cinnamon stick, smashed
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole allspice


  • Gather all the ingredients together.
    Spicy Cranberry Sauce - Easy to Make
  • Lay out a piece of cheesecloth and put the spices on it. Break the cinnamon stick with a hammer. Close the bag up and secure it with a butterfly clip.
    Spicy Cranberry Sauce - Easy to Make
  • Put the cranberries in a pot with the sugar, water, and bag.
    Spicy Cranberry Sauce - Easy to Make
  • Make sure the bag is in the water with the berries and not sitting on top.
    Spicy Cranberry Sauce - Easy to Make
  • Cook the berries on medium heat until you hear them start to pop, then lower the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Use a hand blender to blend them into a nice sauce, or keep them whole - it's up to you!
  • Put the sauce in a nice bowl and let it set.


Nutrition Facts
Spicy Cranberry Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 77
% Daily Value*
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 20mg1%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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My Other Cranberry Sauce Recipes

I have other cranberry sauce recipes if you would like to try the others. This one is by far the most simple, but here they are:

Spicy Cranberry Sauce - Easy to Make

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