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Keto Cranberry Sauce

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This Keto Cranberry Sauce recipe allows you to indulge on all your favorite holiday sides without skipping a beat. Fresh cranberries are cooked down in sugar substitute, water, and cinnamon for a delightfully tart dish. The leftovers are great for using in desserts, breakfast recipes, and more!

The hardest part about changing how we eat long term (a lifestyle change, not just a temporary one) is giving up traditions. However, there’s no need to give up your traditions when it comes to the keto lifestyle. There are many ways to keep the recipes you know and love while adjusting them to suit the healthy choices you’re making. 

For example, for the holidays, you can make this cranberry sauce recipe, along with Keto Green Bean Casserole and Keto Pumpkin Pie! Of course, turkey is already keto, so you’re on your way to an easy, but low carb holiday dinner! However, the most important part about the holidays is that you not stress and overthink. Remember to enjoy yourself and your family during this wonderful time of the year. 

How to Make Keto Cranberry Sauce 

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  1. Dissolve - Combine the sugar substitute, cinnamon, and water in a medium pot over medium heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. 
  2. Simmer - Add the cranberries and let simmer for 7-10 minutes or until cranberries burst.
  3. Cool - Lightly smash and let cool for a few minutes to finish thickening. 
  4. Serve - Let chill in the fridge or serve warm and enjoy!
Yield: 4

Keto Cranberry Sauce

Bowl of Keto Cranberry Sauce with a white container tipped over revealing more sauce beside it and a text label at the top.

A delicious and easy to make keto cranberry sauce recipe that is perfect for your holiday table. Made with only natural ingredients, it is low in carbs and high in flavor.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 12 Ounces Fresh Cranberries
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar Substitute
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Teaspoons Cinnamon


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, cinnamon, and water over medium heat. Stir until the sugar has fully dissolved.
  2. Add in the cranberries and simmer for about 7 minutes or until the cranberries begin to burst.
  3. Lightly smash the contents and remove from the heat.
  4. Allow to cool for a few minutes as it will thicken during this cooling period.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

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Tips and Variations

  • Storage - Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Reheating - This homemade cranberry sauce recipe is usually served chilled or at room temperature. So, I don’t suggest forcibly reheating it. If you absolutely have to, warm it up over the stove or in the microwave.
  • Use the leftovers for other recipes - This cranberry sauce is so much better than the canned kind and is definitely healthier. Use the leftovers for other fun keto recipes like breakfast bars, fudge, etc.
  • My cranberry sauce is watery - Simply let it sit longer to continue thickening or let it simmer a bit longer to evaporate the excess liquid. 
  • Add vanilla - If you want even more flavor that pairs well with this cranberry recipe, then add a tablespoon of vanilla. 
  • Add more spices - I like to keep my spices simple for this dish so they don’t overwhelm it. However, if you like a stronger spicy flavor, you can add a little bit of nutmeg or allspice to the mixture.
  • Add orange extract - Many people add orange juice or orange zest to their cranberry sauce. In fact, just about every cranberry sauce recipe adds in orange. I don’t find it necessary. However, If you like the added orange flavor, add in 2 tablespoons of orange extract for the added orange flavor.

Common Questions About Keto Cranberry Sauce

Is Cranberry Sauce High in Carbs?

When it comes to a traditional cranberry sauce recipe, yes, it’s pretty high in carbs due to the sugar content. However, if you make it with the focus of lowering the carbs, it’s pretty easy to do so. Cranberry sauce uses very few ingredients, making it a pretty simple recipe. This makes it easy to swap out specific ingredients to make it much healthier, like this Keto Cranberry Sauce recipe.

Is Cranberry Sauce High in Sugar?

As noted above, traditional sauce recipes are very high in sugar. However, it’s pretty easy to swap out those sugars for alternatives. This, in turn, makes it much healthier, while still tasting delicious. Be careful of the sugar options you choose, though. Some alternatives are much sweeter and don’t need as much as the recipe calls for. Also, there are some alternatives that leave a noticeable aftertaste. It’s also important to note that a granulated sugar substitute is the best option for this recipe. 

If you enjoyed this Keto Cranberry Sauce or have questions, please let me know in the comment section below or even on social media!

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