Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

Nicolette Stramara

by | Updated: November 24th, 2021

With so many dishes to prepare for the Thanksgiving feast, it’s a relief when a recipe allows you to “set it and forget it” (and it doesn’t take up precious stove or oven space). Cranberry sauce is a staple of any Thanksgiving dinner, so it deserves some thought. But for the sake of your holiday sanity, look for shortcuts! That’s exactly what this slow cooker cranberry sauce can offer. It’s the from-scratch sauce that includes complexity from lime juice, orange zest, cinnamon sticks – and even a pinch of salt – but it’ll take up just five minutes of your precious prep time. Dump ingredients into your slow cooker, turn on the heat and stir when you think of it. Like a sweeter sauce? Add more honey or sweetener to taste before serving.

A Small White Bowl Filled With Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce With Two Cinnamon Sticks and the Slow Cooker in the Background |

A Small White Bowl Filled With Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce With Two Cinnamon Sticks and the Slow Cooker in the Background |
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Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 5 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 158 kcal
Author Nicolette


  • 32 oz. fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 granny smith apples cored and sliced
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • Dash of salt


  1. In slow cooker, combine all ingredients. (Note: If using frozen cranberries, adjust recipe with information below.)
  2. Cook on high heat for 4-5 hours or low heat for 7-8 hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. Adjust sweetness to your liking. (Note: This recipe is tart.)
  4. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

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Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 158 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 33mg1%
Potassium 656mg19%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 10g40%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 4328IU87%
Vitamin C 40mg48%
Calcium 266mg27%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Nicolette Stramara's passion for cooking and baking has blended with her desire to provide her family with wholesome meals, a happy home, and a healthy life. Her delicious recipes range from savory dinner dishes to mouthwatering desserts, kid-approved snacks, and flavorful breakfast options that accommodate those with various dietary needs. Through her meticulous research, Nicolette also writes helpful articles that include facts, tips, and information on ways to eat nutritiously and live well.