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Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce with Fresh Orange

Grand Marnier and cranberry come together with tart, fresh cranberries and bright orange zest for a homemade cranberry sauce that's perfect for your Thanksgiving table.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberry sauce, grand marnier cranberry sauce, homemade cranberry sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 to 8 servings
Calories 535kcal
Author Lauren


  • 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries reserve 1 cup to add whole cranberries later
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Grand Mariner
  • ½ navel orange zested


  • Set aside 1 cup of whole cranberries. Add the remaining cranberries and sugar to food processor. Pulse until cranberries are in small pieces and sugar is incorporated. Mixture will be a light burgundy color.
  • Combine ingredients from the food processor, orange zest, Grand Marnier and saved whole cranberries in a medium sauce pan.
  • Bring heat to medium-high and cook until mixture starts to bubble, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and cook for 1 hour.
  • Transfer cranberry sauce to a heat proof container and cool. Though this can be served immediately, the texture is best if refrigerated for at least 3 hours before serving.


Calories: 535kcal | Carbohydrates: 137g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 601mg | Fiber: 32g | Sugar: 81g | Vitamin A: 437IU | Vitamin C: 97mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2mg