First of all, yes, most cranberry sauce is vegan. Even the canned kind is usually vegan. BUT there's a reason I wanted to share this recipe with you. You see, this is the best easy vegan cranberry sauce out there. Not only is it super simple to make- just 4 ingredients and takes just 15 minutes to whip up, but it is also the perfect combo of sweet and tart, with a final touch of lemon zest for the perfect zing.
This easy cranberry sauce tastes SO much better than that canned stuff (isn't homemade always better)? Simple to prepare and absolutely delicious - how can you go wrong with cranberry sauce?
Better yet, this vegan cranberry sauce is best made ahead of time and will keep for up to a week (or even a little longer) when stored in an air-tight container in the fridge. Talk about a perfect stress-free addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday feast!
I've actually shared this recipe before in my post of 8 Traditional Thanksgiving & Christmas Sides Made Vegan, but since that post is super old and multiple recipes were combined into the same post, the recipe was a little difficult to track down on my blog. I love this recipe and make it every year, so I wanted to bring it to your attention again.
I also plan to do the same for many of the other recipes in that post. Which ones would you like me to refresh?
How to make the best easy vegan cranberry sauce:
Add the cranberries, sugar, water, and lemon zest to a medium saucepan.
Bring to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, until the cranberries have popped and it looks all saucy and delicious. It will be thin when the sauce is hot, but will thicken up as it cools.
This cranberry sauce goes with other vegan holiday favourites such as my puff pastry wrapped lentil loaf, stuffed butternut squash, vegan creamed corn, cheesy scalloped potatoes, stovetop stuffing, or my lentil shepherd's pie (to name a few).
Can cranberry sauce be frozen?
Yes it can. Just be sure to either refrigerate it or let it cool down first. Putting warm cranberry sauce in the freezer could cause excess moisture which would then turn into ice. Pouring into a freezer bag that seals tight or using an air-tight container both work great.
Can cranberry sauce be made ahead of time?
Sure can! You can make cranberry sauce ahead of time, refrigerate and then reheat or serve cold - whichever your preference is!
Can cranberry sauce be left out overnight?
This not the best idea. Be sure to store any cranberry sauce in an air-tight container and refrigerate or freeze. Anything left out overnight, it's best to dispose of it.
The Best Easy Vegan Cranberry Sauce
- 12 oz fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 lemon,, zested
- Add all of the ingredients to a medium sauce pan. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, until the cranberries have popped and it looks all saucy and delicious. It will be thin, but will thicken as it cools.