Keto Cranberry Sauce Recipe

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Keto Cranberry Sauce Recipe for your Keto Thanksgiving Meal. Sweet and tangy just like traditional Cranberry Sauce, but just 4 Net Carbs. #KetoThanksgiving #Keto #KetoRecipe #Cranberry #KetoSideDishes

A Keto Thanksgiving Recipe

Cranberry sauce is iconic to the Thanksgiving table. Whether your family has a tried and true cranberry sauce recipe that everyone loves or a yearly competition among several different cranberry sauce variations, this tart and tangy garnish is enjoyed by many. Traditional recipes use a huge amount of refined sugar, plus often the addition of other high-sugar fruits. Our low carb cranberry sauce gives you all that vibrant flavor and beautiful color of traditional cranberry sauce without any added sugar, making it truly a keto cranberry sauce recipe!

Serve this wonderful Keto Cranberry Sauce over Thanksgiving turkey or even Christmas ham, or you can even enjoy our low carb cranberry sauce alone with a spoon without risking being knocked out of ketosis! I’m totally going to play with the leftover cranberry sauce and see if I can come up with an amazing cranberry fat bomb.

Are Cranberries Keto Friendly?

Berries are some of the best keto fruits. Cranberries in particular are naturally low in sugars, and these tart berries are packed with antioxidants. Our keto cranberry sauce recipe sweetens them up with Swerve and layers them with just enough orange zest, lemon zest and orange flavor. The result is sweet yet still has the bite we love in our traditional Holiday Cranberry Sauce.

Keto Cranberry Sauce Recipe for your Keto Thanksgiving Meal. Sweet and tangy just like traditional Cranberry Sauce, but just 4 Net Carbs. #KetoThanksgiving #Keto #KetoRecipe #Cranberry #KetoSideDishes

Keto Cranberry Sauce without high sugar fruit?

Instead of adding high sugar fruits, I chose to use the zest from an orange and a lemon. Using the zest gives potent flavor without adding carbs. But I found I wanted to punch that orange flavor up just a bit more, so I used orange flavoring, which is made from orange oil and a carrier oil. (The kind I used had sunflower oil.) Orange extract will work, too. Either way, a tiny amount really kicks up the flavor.

Alternative to sugar in Cranberry Sauce?

Use the keto-friendly sweetener of your choice. We really like the powdered Swerve, as it mixes in nicely and lends a little to the saucy texture. You’ll get the thickening of the sauce from just cranberries, too. As they cook down, they soften, and you can even mash them a bit with your stirring spoon until you get the texture you like.

The serving size is 1/4 cup, and each serving has 4 net carbs. That may be more than you need, especially if you are eating it alone. With such vibrant, strong flavors, a little goes a long way!

Keto Cranberry Sauce Recipe for your Keto Thanksgiving Meal. Sweet and tangy just like traditional Cranberry Sauce, but just 4 Net Carbs. #KetoThanksgiving #Keto #KetoRecipe #Cranberry #KetoSideDishes

Keto Cranberry Sauce

Perfect for holiday meals, this low-carb version of a traditional cranberry sauce is fantastic alone or served on top of turkey.
4.5 from 8 votes
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Course: Condiment, Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Christmas, Thanksgiving
Keyword: Keto Recipe, Paleo Recipe, Primal Recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 6 1/4 cup servings
Calories: 24kcal
Author: Angela Davis



  • Combine cranberries, Swerve, salt, and water in a small saucepan.
    Ingredients for the Keto Cranberry Sauce Recipe. #Keto #KetoDiet #ketorecipe #Thanksgiving
  • Using a microplane held over the saucepan, zest the orange and lemon into the pan. Gently scrape the outside of the fruit across the microplane, taking off the top layer of the peel. Be careful not to go too far down into the peel. The white part of the peel (called the pith) is bitter and will not add the citrus flavor that you want.
    Keto Cranberry Sauce Recipe for your Keto Thanksgiving Meal. Sweet and tangy just like traditional Cranberry Sauce, but just 4 Net Carbs. #KetoThanksgiving #Keto #KetoRecipe #Cranberry #KetoSideDishes
  • Turn heat to medium, stirring regularly until the mixture starts to simmer.
    Keto Cranberry Sauce Recipe for your Keto Thanksgiving Meal. Sweet and tangy just like traditional Cranberry Sauce, but just 4 Net Carbs. #KetoThanksgiving #Keto #KetoRecipe #Cranberry #KetoSideDishes
  • Reduce heat to low. Continue simmering, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes. You'll see the cranberries start to pop and crack open. As they cook down, the sauce will thicken. When they are soft enough, you can mash some of the berries with your spoon, which will thicken the sauce more.
    Zest and Cranberries for keto cranberry sauce recipe #KetoDiet #Cranberry #KetoRecipe
  • Once the sauce has reached your desired consistency, remove from heat. Add vanilla and orange flavor.
    Consistency of the finished low carb keto cranberry sauce. #KetoDiet #KetoRecipe #Thanksgiving

Nutrition - Not laboratory tested.

Nutrition Facts
Keto Cranberry Sauce
Amount Per Serving (0.25 cup)
Calories 24 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 40mg1%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 28IU1%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Angela Davis

I'm Angela Davis, Co-Founder of Advantage Meals. I have a Bachelors in Anthropology and Masters in Holistic Nutrition. My passion is Ancestral Nutrition and for over a decade I've been helping Keto Diet beginners and those looking for their Primal Diet. "There is no one right way." Below are the most recent articles I've written for

14 thoughts on “Keto Cranberry Sauce Recipe

  1. 5 stars
    I made this today using Lakanto Monk Fruit powdered sweetener. I had all the ingredients except for orange flavoring. It is delicious! I plan to use this sauce on keto crepes!

  2. 5 stars
    Love, love this recipe. My husband is not doin Keto and can use the jelled cranberry sauce. We love cranberry sauce when I cook a turkey breast. I found this recipe and tried it now that I could find whole cranberries. OMGosh, it is delicious! Can’t wait for dinner tonight. Thank you❣️

  3. Sounds wonderful. How far ahead of serving can this be made and stored in refrigerator or frozen or canned?

    1. If you’re making this for Thanksgiving, you could definitely make it a few days ahead of time, and it will keep in the fridge. I have frozen it, as well, and it was fine for a couple of months. I’m not sure about canning. Without real sugar to help with preservation, I have concerns about its safety. I’ve never canned anything with low carb sugar alternatives, so I just don’t know!

  4. 5 stars
    This is absolutely fantastic!!! I find that the sweetner for recipes is a tad too sweet for me, so I cut back on the amount of sweenter. Thank you for posting!! This was a total hit!!!!

    1. There are 4 net carbs per serving, which is entirely possible to include within your daily carbs and not go over. As for the fat, this does not contain much but that doesn’t mean it’s not Keto. It can be used as a condiment in a meal that includes fat in other ways. I love this served over Brie!

  5. 5 stars
    FABULOUS recipe. We like it even better than regular cranberry sauce.

    We did tweak it a bit:
    1. LOWER Confectioner’s Swerve to 3/4 cup.
    2. LOWER Water to 2/3 cup.
    3. INCREASE Orange Zest to 2 tsp.
    4. INCREASE Lemon Zest to 2 tsp.

    We like this a little “tangy”; hence these tweaks. 🙂

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