Cranberry sauce is a must on many people’s Christmas lunch table and did you know that you can easily make your own?


  • 150g caster sugar
  • 2 star anise
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 green cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 250g fresh cranberries
  • 2 Braeburn apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 60ml ruby port
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange


  1. Put the sugar into a heavy-based pan with the star anise and cardamom pods and melt over a medium heat.
  2. Allow the melted sugar to turn a rich caramel colour, then add the cranberries and a touch of seasoning.
  3. Cook briefly until the cranberries begin to soften, then add the apples and cook for three to four minutes, tossing frequently to coat the fruit in the caramel.
  4. Pour in the port, then reduce the heat slightly and stir in the orange zest and juice. Simmer for about 10 minutes, allowing some of the cranberries to break down and thicken the sauce.
  5. Remove from the heat and discard the star anise and cardamom. Serve warm.

This can be made in advance and kept in the fridge.

Check out the Youtube video for easy to follow visual instructions:

What’s your favourite thing to make from scratch at Christmas?

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  • Can’t wait to try this. Never liked the bottled shop sauces. I’m sure it will be yum if Gordon Ramsay says so


  • Homemade cranberry sauce – oh yummy.

    • Gordon Ramsay does offer recipes that are easy to make and they are full of the flavours I enjoy eating.


  • I have a turkey breast in the freezer we did not get around to eating, will try this sauce with it… commercial ones are so sweet


  • I am going to try this recipe. I have been unable to find “fresh” cranberries in the 5 years I have been in Australia, but I have found that using a flash frozen (no additives) product does work well. I just add a bit less liquid and follow mom’s recipe. Once you have made your own fresh cranberry sauce, you will likely never go back to the canned stuff.


  • Looks like a lovely recipe. I’m just not sure where Ibwould get fresh cranberries as I don’t recall even seeing them in green grocers that carry specialty items.


  • I can’t remember the last time I saw fresh cranberries anywhere. I wonder iof they are actually grown in Aust.


  • I like my healthier version, which I make with 1/2 cup of yacon syrup (which has a very low GI of 1) or organic brown rice syrup and orange zest on double the amount of cranberries.

    • I have never heard of yacon syrup. Where is it available and does it have gluten in it at all?


  • Very interesting, have always wondered how this was made. Just to find somewhere that sells fresh cranberries.


  • It’s fantastic that you can prepare it in advance and keep it in the fridge! What a wonderful colour!!


  • Quite a timely recipe with christmas coming up


  • This looks so delicious. I don’t think I’ve ever seen fresh cranberries though.


  • Sounds great, nothing beats homemade sauces and jams. Supermarket brands don’t come close!


  • I would love to make my own cranberry sauce,thanks so much!


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