Low FODMAP Cranberry Sauce​

Low FODMAP Cranberry Sauce

Low FODMAP Cranberry Sauce

Is it truely Thanksgiving without a delicious low FODMAP homemade cranberry sauce to pair with your perfectly basted turkey? Of course, that can be said about so many of the delicious and traditional side dishes everyone loves at Thanksgiving.

However, this low FODMAP cranberry sauce is so easy to make, and oh so delicious you can definitely be sure to add this recipe to your list of yearly favourites.

If you want to make extra then this cranberry sauce goes superbly with our Low FODMAP Baked Brie starter!

Low FODMAP at Thanksgiving

Yes, it is possible! With a few tweaks to the traditional Thanksgiving recipes, or branching out and trying some new delicious side dishes, you can keep your Thanksgiving feast low FODMAP. We have worked out a whole range of amazing low FODMAP Thanksgiving dishes here at Simply FODMAP to make it super easy for you. And of course, we’re starting with the cranberry sauce. 

Fresh cranberries

All the best cranberry sauces I have ever tasted are always made from fresh cranberries. There really is no substitute for fresh, tart, juicy cranberries that cook down into the most vibrant deep ruby sauce, bursting with flavour. 

Thankfully Monash has recently tested cranberries and added them to their FODMAP app. I was so happy to hear that we would be able to have a cranberry sauce this year for Thanksgiving without having to worry about it! According to Monash you can have up to 50 grams of fresh cranberries, which to be honest is quite a lot. Especially when you think about everything else you stuff onto your plate at Thanksgiving! 

Liven it up with a little cognac or Cointreau

If it isn’t the perfect time of the year to be drinking cognac then when is? We decided to add a little to this recipe to add a little extra kick to the sauce. Of course, you can absolutely leave this out if you don’t want to be boozing your cranberry sauce up (just kidding, the alcohol cooks off completely while you are cooking the cranberries!). But it really does add in a great flavour! If you’re not a fan of cognac, then cointreau works amazingly too, but given that we already have orange in the recipe, it is much milder than the flavour than cognac. 

Find more Low FODMAP Thanksgiving recipes here at Simply FODMAP

As I mentioned earlier, we have a whole range of low FODMAP Thanksgiving recipes that you should definitely check out:

Low FODMAP Sweet Potato Gratin
Low FODMAP Baked Brie
Low FODMAP Panko & Herb Green Beans
Low FODMAP Brussels Sprouts & Pancetta

Low FODMAP Cranberry Sauce​

This zesty cranberry sauce is perfect to go with your thanksgiving turkey!
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time22 minutes
Course: Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry, Orange
Servings: 8 portions
Cost: $


  • 250 grams cranberries
  • 40 ml water
  • 30 ml cognac (or Cointreau) Replace with more of the other liquids if not desired
  • 15 ml lemon juice
  • 15 ml orange juice
  • 100 grams caster sugar
  • zest of 0,5 lemon and 0,5 orange
  • peel of 0,5 lemon and 0,5 orange
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg


  • Wash the orange and lemon, peel half of each fruit with a vegetable peeler and zest the other half with a microplane.
  • Add the sugar, all the liquids and the cranberries into a medium saucepan. Toss in the cinnamon stick and the orange/lemon peel
  • Give it a good mix and cook on medium heat for around 10 minutes. Cover with a lid as the cranberries tend to pop as they cook. Make sure to stir frequently to prevent the mixture sticking and burning.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let simmer for another 10 minutes. Fish out the lemon peel and cinnamon stick. Add another splash of water or juice if the sauce is too thick for your liking.
  • Grate over some fresh nutmeg and add in the orange/lemon zest. Serve with your thanksgiving turkey or over a baked brie.

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