Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce

crock pot cranberry sauce

OMG! Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Where has the year gone? If you’re just starting to plan your feast (like I am), I urge you to ditch the canned cranberry sauce and opt for this easy-to-make, delicious alternative: Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce.

Using your crock pot on Thanksgiving Day frees up space on your stovetop and alleviates the pressure of having yet another dish to meddle over. This is the perfect homemade cranberry sauce for the holidays! It tastes and smells wonderful! If you don’t have enough zest, you can always add orange juice. If you’re feeding a large crowd, double the recipe and opt for a 5 quart or larger crock pot. Frozen cranberries can also be substituted for fresh. Enjoy!

Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce

Serves 4-6
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 4 hours
Total time 4 hours, 15 minutes
Meal type

Side Dish


  • 2 Cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 Large apples (diced, skin optional)
  • 1 Medium orange (enough for 1/2 tsp of zest + 1/4 cup of juice)
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3/4 cups walnuts (optional)


Step 1
Grate the zest from orange until there is 1/2 teaspoon of zest, then slice and squeeze out 1/4 cup of juice.
Step 2
Add zest and juice along with remaining ingredients into a 3 to 5 quart crock pot. Cover and cook for 2 hours on high or 3-4 hours on low.

Posted on by Crystal in Food & Recipes

4 Responses to Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce

  1. Tenns @ New Mama Diaries

    I’m a huge cranberry sauce fan! This one looks so delicious and I’m all for an easy slow cooker recipe. Already pinned! Thanks for sharing!
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  2. Lisa @ The Golden Spoons

    I love cranberry sauce!! Definitely pinning this!
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  4. Ginny Marie

    I love cranberry sauce! I’ve never made it myself, though. I love your easy recipes, Crystal!
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