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!

Speedy Stovetop Honey-Lime Cranberry Sauce

I whipped up this zesty lime infused cranberry sauce to pair with dessert (cheesecake… yum!) and just had to share the recipe.

It’s basically Fall’s equivalent of a summery cherry limeade.


Because life’s more fun when you get a little saucy.

Oh gosh, clearly I’m incapable of writing a clever intro today. Forgive me? The sauce is really stinkin’ good! Serve it up as part of your holiday line-up or simply drizzle it over creamy greek yogurt, bubbly baked brie, fluffy pancakes, or a decadent slice of cheesecake…

I have a thing for adjectives.

Speedy Stovetop Cranberry Sauce

Need a little less? This recipe is crazy easy to cut in half for just a cup of homemade cranberry sauce.

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 2 cups
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 don’t do this with my other sauces [I typically keep it nice and rustic!] but I pureed this one and loved it!
  5. If you’re making the larger batch of sauce it may take just a few extra minutes to cook but it’s well worth it!
  6. Oh hi, that’s it. Easiest recipe ever!
Speedy 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!

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  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

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

  • 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!!!

  • Mary @ Fit and Fed

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

  • 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 🙂

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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 🙂

  • 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: https://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! 🙂

  • 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 🙁 here’s to hoping this is more what I’m looking for! 🙂

  • Sprint2theTable

    Annnnd now I want summer cherry limeade. 😉

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

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