Make keto cranberry sauce for your Thanksgiving dinner. It has the same sweet and tangy flavors you love—made with fresh cranberries!

Our recipe is a noticeable improvement to the standard “cranberry sauce from a can” that graces so many people’s tables at Thanksgiving. Everyone will notice the difference when you make sugar-free cranberry sauce with fresh cranberries and fresh orange zest!

Just like our rich and creamy pumpkin bars, this low-carb cranberry sauce belongs at holiday dinners. We have an entire low-carb Thanksgiving menu you can check out to save yourself a lot of time.

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Why You’ll Love It

  • Uses fresh cranberries and orange zest
  • Only four simple steps
  • Crowd pleasing
  • Easy to make ahead of time
  • Makes your kitchen smell like the holidays

Keto Cranberry Sauce Tips

It’s so easy to make homemade cranberry sauce. The following tips will help you successfully make keto cranberry sauce the first time.

Measure Cranberries Carefully

Are cranberries keto friendly? They aren’t low in carbs, especially in large amounts. Be careful with how many cranberries you use in this recipe. You should also watch how many servings you eat. There are five grams of total carbs in each serving of this homemade cranberry sauce.

Keep Heating To Thicken It

Cranberry sauce doesn’t need sugar for it to thicken. You just need to keep stirring it over low heat until it thickens naturally. If your sauce is too thin or watery, keep simmering it until it thickens.

Make It Ahead Of Time

This is a fantastic side dish to make ahead of time. Store the prepared keto cranberry sauce in the refrigerator for up to three days. Keep it in an airtight container and then reheat it on the stove before you serve it.


Here’s what you’ll need from the store before you make this recipe. Read through the list of ingredients below (we will also share any swaps/substitutions you can make).

  • Cranberries: Use fresh cranberries. If you use frozen cranberries, thaw them and drain as much liquid as you can so it doesn’t thin out the sauce.
  • Powdered Sweetener: We recommend a combination of Erythritol and Monk Fruit.
  • Water: You don’t need this from the store, but it’s an important ingredient because it creates the perfect texture.
  • Orange Zest: Grate a fresh orange right before you make the sauce.
  • Cinnamon: You don’t need much cinnamon to spice the entire dish.
  • Nutmeg: This adds earthy spice to the dish.
  • Orange Extract: An extract is the perfect thing to use when you want the flavor without the carbs.
  • Vanilla Extract: The higher quality the vanilla, the better the cranberry sauce will taste.

How To Make Keto Cranberry Sauce

All the exact steps are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. First, we have some photos of each step in this recipe so you can see how we made it (this is for you, visual learners). Here’s what the recipe looks like when you make it.

Step 1: Add Ingredients to Saucepan. Add everything except the two types of extract to the saucepan.

Step 2: Simmer the Ingredients. Bring these ingredients to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer it uncovered. Keep simmering it until the cranberries pop and the sauce is thicker.

Step 3: Add Extracts. Stir in the orange and vanilla extracts.

Step 4: Cool and Serve. Bring the sauce to room temperature and serve it.

Storing Leftovers

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Here’s the complete recipe in the printable recipe card!
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Keto Cranberry Sauce

Make keto cranberry sauce for your Thanksgiving dinner. It has the same sweet and tangy flavors you love – made with fresh cranberries!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: keto cranberry sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 26kcal
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  • Saucepan


  • 12 oz. Fresh Cranberries
  • 1 c. Powdered Sweetener we recommend a blend of erythritol and monk fruit
  • ¾ c. Water
  • 1 tsp. Orange Zest
  • ½ tsp. Cinnamon
  • tsp. Nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. Orange Extract
  • 1 tsp. High-Quality Vanilla Extract


  • Mix all ingredients except the two extracts together in a saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes until cranberries have popped and sauce is thickened.
  • Stir in orange extract and vanilla extract.
  • Cool to room temperature and store in refrigerator until serving time.


Serving: 1 servingCalories: 26kcalCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2g


Make keto cranberry sauce for your Thanksgiving dinner. It has the same sweet and tangy flavors you love - made with fresh cranberries!

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  1. What is the amount of one serving size? Nutritional info for one serving is given, but not the serving size.

    Thank you…recipe sounds yummy!