Speedy Stovetop Cranberry Sauce

This speedy stovetop cranberry sauce is ready in 10 minutes! Your holiday meal prep just got a whole lot easier. And tastier!

Cranberry Sauce

My crockpot cranberry sauce tends to get all the attention this time of year.

But what happens if you don’t have dried cranberries? Or need it NOW!? Well that’s where this scrumptious and speedy stovetop sauce comes into play.

It’s a total breeze to make, and you’ll never want to go back to the canned stuff after this!

Speedy Stovetop Cranberry Sauce

Serving a crowd or planning for leftovers? Feel free to double or tripe the recipe as needed to serve your crew.

The recipe below yields an impressive 2 cups of cranberry sauce. You can also halve it if needed!

We love making a bunch so we have extra sauce for my Cranberry Dip, my totally irresistible Cranberry Cheesecake Streusel Bars, and my famous Cranberry Walnut Croissant Sandwiches — SO GOOD!

It’s even freezer friendly too!

stovetop cranberry sauce
5 from 4 votes

Speedy Stovetop Cranberry Sauce

This speedy stovetop cranberry sauce is ready in 10 minutes! Your holiday meal prep just got a whole lot easier. And tastier!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Stovetop Cranberry Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 75 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin


  • 6 cups fresh cranberries (approx. 2 bags)
  • 2 TBSP lime juice
  • 1.5 tsp lime zest
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 3 TBSP brown sugar


  1. Heat a small sauce pot to medium-high heat and add your berries, juice, zest and honey. Cover and stir occasionally for up to five minutes.
  2. My sauce was literally done in three.
  3. Stir in brown sugar and mash any berries that were too stubborn to burst with a spoon/fork. Stir a bit more as the sauce thickens and remove from heat.
  4. For an extra smooth sauce, puree in a blender or food processor. I donโ€™t do this with my other sauces [I typically keep it nice and rustic!] but I pureed this one and loved it!
  5. If youโ€™re making the larger batch of sauce it may take just a few extra minutes to cook but itโ€™s well worth it!
  6. Oh hi, thatโ€™s it. Easiest recipe ever!

Recipe Notes

Yields 2 cups of sauce.

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Speedy Stovetop Cranberry Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 75 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 43mg1%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 23IU0%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
stovetop cranberry sauce

All that’s left to do is pour this on everything in sight!

No room on your stove top this Thanksgiving? Whip up this (crockpot sauce) instead!

Both sauces can easily be made in advance, stored in the fridge or freezer and reheated when needed. Easy peasy!

Planning your Holiday Menu?

Here are some more awesome ideas for your Thanksgiving spread:

Every Thanksgiving my husband begs me to make my Spicy Southern Hot Corn! This recipe has been part of our holiday meal tradition for years and doubles as a side dish and a dip!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Clementines is one my favorite way to eat brussels sprouts. It’s flavorful and colorful and overall a winner in my book!

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  • I would totally pour it on the bubbly baked brie. Delicious.

  • Mary

    5 stars
    A nice twist on the even more basic recipe on the cranberry package– definitely a bit of an upgrade, yet still easy.

  • Awww yay!!!!! Thanks love! So glad you liked it!!! My family grew up on the sketchy canned stuff and once I realized how easy it was to make I’ve never loooked back either! <3 Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  • Kadee Cramer

    After hours in the kitchen and two failed “pumpkin spice” Pinterest projects … I whipped this up just now and it’s really good! SO my family can have some real cranberry sauce now and we can avoid that creepy can ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Courtney

    5 stars
    Lime zest in cranberry sauce, so there! Sounds delish! This is my all time favorite thing during Thanksgiving, turkey, veggies all of that is whatever to me but cranberry sauce…WOW! Thank you for sharing <3 Lots of Love C

  • Heather Powers

    Haha! Love the little plug for your crockpot recipe! And I swear, only YOU can make a glass full of red gloop look so amazingly delicious! GORGEOUS! Winterized cherry limeade? Don’t mind if I dooooooo!

  • Jess @ Keeping It Real Food

    I low how simple this is. I’m obsessed with cranberry sauce on Greek yogurt and on oatmeal with PB—so freaking good.

  • Christine

    This looks great and perfect timing, thanks!

  • happyvalleychow

    Perfect side for Thanksgiving, always a classic…always loved! Great job ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hey Carlie! So excited you’ll be making the sauce! My crockpot sauce uses orange juice and zest so you can follow the measurements here: http://peasandcrayons.com/2012/11/crockpot-cranberry-sauce.html or simply use orange zest and juice in the same ratios as the lime zest/juice in this recipe and adjust the sugar to taste. It will come out sweet yet tart (in a good way!) and you can always add a bit extra if you have a sweet tooth. Cinnamon is also a great addition! Feel free to email me if needed! Happy early Thanksgiving! Xoxo

  • Carlie

    This will be perfect to whip up tomorrow!
    Quick question- how could I make this using orange juice? Should I cut down on the honey and/or brown sugar? Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ahh I hate when that happens! What flavor profile are you looking for with the sauce? This one is tart and sweet and you can adjust the level of sweetness [via the honey and sugar] to your liking at any point — same goes for the tartness and lime flavor — its beyond customizable! As for the texture, pureeing the sauce helps it thicken and smooths out the skin of the cranberries for more of a sauce versus a compote. I also have a link in the post for a sauce that combines orange, cinnamon, and apples along with honey for a super yummy sauce! Hope that helps! <3 Let me know what you think! xoxo

  • Katie Arnold

    yum!! I love cranberry sauce!! Though I made one last week that I thought would be really good and it was not ๐Ÿ™ here’s to hoping this is more what I’m looking for! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sprint2theTable

    Annnnd now I want summer cherry limeade. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • mmmm looks a lot better than the canned stuff! xo

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