How to Make the Best and Easiest Cranberry Sauce with Nuts (or without)


This is the BEST and EASIEST cranberry sauce ever~for serving with turkey, pork, or smoked meats or gifting during the holidays.

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A Slight Tweak to a Southern Living Cranberry Sauce

This walnut cranberry sauce is adapted from a Southern Living recipe from 2000. The recipe is fab; I just made one major tweak.  I use pineapple juice instead of pinot or balsamic. Why? Mainly because balsamic has to be really high quality to add to (rather than detract from) the flavor of a dish. Since a bottle of good balsamic can be $20 or more, I tried pineapple juice. I liked it even better and use it every time I make this cranberry sauce.

Easy Five Minute Cranberry Sauce 

With just a few ingredients and 5 minutes, you can have the best cranberry sauce ever. The ingredients are super easy to find at any grocery. Just a few specifics to note below.

  • Use whole berry cranberry sauce (not jellied). 
  • Use strawberry preserves~ (not jam or jelly).
  • Use unsweetened pineapple juice to add tropical tang (optional).

To see how easy it is to whip this cranberry sauce up in 5 minutes or less, you can watch the short video of me doing it below. 

Which Nuts are Best in Cranberry Sauce?

You can use either walnuts or pecans in this cranberry sauce; both are fabulous! I highly recommend lightly toasting whichever nuts you choose to use. The light toasting accentuates the nutty flavor. Just be careful to watch the nuts, as they burn quickly.

Fabulous Walnut Cranberry Sauce Is Easy to Make Ahead

Making this cranberry sauce ahead couldn’t be easier. It takes less than 10 minutes to make. I make several batches a week or two before Thanksgiving and keep them in the fridge until ready to enjoy with a meal or give away as gifts. Folks love getting this sauce as a gift, as they can use it for their holiday turkey or other meals.

Where to Find Footed Bowls for Serving Cranberry Sauce

Footed bowls are perfect for serving cranberry sauce but can be hard to find. For this recipe, a small footed bowl that will hold 2-3 cups is perfect. This white footed compote is similar to the one in my photo. I have (and love) this Beatrix Ball small bowl (not footed) that works well also.

If you make this, please let me hear how you like it. Your turkey and dressing will go over the top with this on the side~promise!!

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The Best and Easiest Cranberry Sauce with Nuts

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 (16-ounce) can whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/3 cup strawberry preserves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (or pecans), toasted
  • 1 tablespoon pineapple juice (unsweetened)


  1. Combine all ingredients (except nuts) in a saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, just until thoroughly heated.
  3. Remove from heat; stir in nuts.
  4. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Serve with turkey, pork tenderloin, or ham.
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 101Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 4mgCarbohydrates 18gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 1gSugar 13gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 1g

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  1. Your Walnut Cranberry Sauce is now a Yeager family holiday staple. It gives such a beautiful pop of color to the plate and is a delicious accompaniment to turkey or ham. Thank you so much for sharing this winner!

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