If you’re having a Thanksgiving dinner, you need to serve cranberry sauce. It’s kind of mandatory, it seems. This Quick and Easy Cranberry Grape Sauce is a fun way to enjoy this classic Thanksgiving sauce. You get the tartness from the cranberry plus delicate sweetness from the grapes.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means I am super excited about all the food I am going to eat. I like to add a little personal spin to my dishes, so I made this easy cranberry grape sauce! I just really like the delicate sweet flavor and texture that red grapes add.
Seriously, this is so good! I mean, look at those grapes, cranberries, and fragrant orange zest…
How To Make Cranberry Sauce
This is a quick and easy cranberry-grape sauce! It only takes about 15 minutes. Here’s how to make it (find ingredient quantities below in the recipe card):
- Combine cranberries, grapes, orange juice, orange zest, and granulated sugar in a medium saucepan.
- Bring to a boil.
- Turn down heat, and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring, until thickened and cranberries are bursting. The grapes will not burst entirely, and that’s totally fine. I actually prefer whole bites of warm, plump grapes, but break a few of them with a spoon if desired.
- If too thick, add more orange juice and simmer for a few more minutes.
I mean, look at that! Delicate cooked sweet grapes with a the delicious cranberry flavor, and fragrant orange zest and orange juice.
This quick and easy cranberry sauce can be made ahead too! Make it the day before or first thing in the morning. If you like warm cranberry sauce, this reheats very well in the microwave or in a saucepan.
More Thanksgiving Recipes:
- Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese
- Stuffed Acorn Squash with Wild Rice and Mushrooms
- Cranberry-Orange Glazed Ham
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad with Cranberries
- Kale and Apple Salad with Candied Pecans and Pumpkin Seeds
- All Thanksgiving recipes
I hope you’re enjoying all the preparations for Thanksgiving! I know it can be intimidating, but just remember that it’s all about having a great time with friends and family. Sending much love you y’all!
And don’t forget to pin this recipe! 🙂
- Use a medium saucepan for about 4 cups of cranberries and grapes. The cranberries will burst, so they need space.
- If you like less sugar, try adding 1/4 cup (this recipe calls for 1/2 cup), and then add a little bit more until desired sweetness.
- Use red grapes to preserve the red color of this sauce.
- Ideas for customization: add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg.
Cranberry Grape Sauce
This cranberry grape sauce is the perfect twist to the classic version. The delicate sweet grapes balance out the tartness of the cranberries.
- 2 cups fresh cranberries (or thawed, if frozen)
- 2 cups red grapes
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice, plus more as needed (from about 2-3 oranges)
- Zest of 1 orange
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
Add all ingredients in a medium saucepan.
Bring to a boil. Then, reduce heat and simmer for about 10-12 minutes, until thickened and cranberries have burst. The grapes may not burst entirely at this point.
Break a few grapes in half with a spoon if desired for smaller chunks and more sweetness.
Serve warm, or make ahead and reheat when needed. Or serve at room temperature, if desired.
- Use fresh cranberries. If frozen previously, thaw before using.
- For better flavors, use freshly squeezed orange juice.