Easy Low-Carb Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Cranberry Sauce in Crystal Bowl
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Total Time 15 min
Prep 5 min, Cook 10 min
Yield 8 servings Cranberry Sauce

This Low-Carb Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce recipe is the simplest homemade cranberry sauce that can be made in 15 minutes.

There are no spices, no orange peel, nothing extra. Just four simple ingredients -- whole cranberries, sugar substitute, water and salt.

The end result has the thickness of pudding. I use it not only with turkey, but to put over yogurt or ricotta cheese for breakfast or a snack, or to accompany cheeses and nuts as a dessert.

If you want something more jazzed up, try my Cranberry Chutney Recipe.


  • 1 (12-ounce) bag of fresh or frozen (no sugar added) cranberries 
  • Sugar substitute equal to 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Put (12-ounce) bag of fresh or frozen cranberries in a pot on the stove, and pick through to remove soft and/or brown ones.
  2. Add sugar substitute equal to 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir, and bring to a boil on medium-high heat.
  3. Stir frequently. The cranberries will pop, and then release their "gel" -- and the sauce will come together like magic. Cook until the sauce is the consistency you want, about 5 to 10 minutes.

    Note: I used a liquid sweetener in this recipe, which added zero carbs. Powdered artificial sweeteners often use sugars as a base. For example, you could use one cup of Da Vinci's Simple Syrup instead of water.

    Makes 8 (1/4-cup) servings of cranberry sauce.

    Nutritional Information: Each 1/4-cup serving has 3 grams of effective carbohydrate and almost 2 grams of fiber.

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