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Cranberry Fig Jam

Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce

  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18-20 minutes
  • Total Time: 23-25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauces
  • Method: Simmering
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Worthy of a spot on your Thanksgiving table, but even better for leftovers, this cranberry sauce is a sweet, tart spread. Dollop it on your plate and then slather it on a day after the holiday sandwich.


  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 15 dried Mission figs, trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Peel of 1 orange
  • 11/2 cups water


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the cranberries, figs, sugar, orange peel and water.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat.
  3. Reduce the heat and simmer until it thickens, about 18-20 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat.
  4. Discard the orange peel and let the sauce cool before serving. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week.


To make a spiced sauce, add 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and pinches of ground ginger and ground cloves.

You can freeze the sauce in an airtight container up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator.

Leftovers are great on turkey sandwiches, waffles and pancakes or stirred into oatmeal or yogurt. Also, you can serve it as a condiment on a cheese board.

Keywords: homemade cranberry sauce, Thanksgiving cranberry sauce, cranberry sauce with orange