Easy Homemade Cranberry Jam with 3 Ingredients

This cranberry jam is one I like to make for Thanksgiving and Christmas family meals. I especially like serving it with brunch, along with toast and muffins. While it can be easy enough to cut open a can of cranberry jam or jelly from the grocery store, this recipe is almost too easy to pass up. There are no extras and no fussing with pectin. Just four simple ingredients Just four simple ingredients, that make a sweet and tart homemade cranberry jam.

cranberry jam recipe

All You Need Are These 4 Ingredients: 

Water: As the liquid base 

Sugar: For the sweetness. 

Cranberry: I use fresh cranberries, but you can also use frozen cranberries. 

Lemon: For flavor.

What do I need to make this recipe?

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 4 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 lemon

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How to make Cranberry Jam:

Over the stovetop in a medium-size pot, bring to boil water and sugar and boil until the sugar dissolves.

cranberry jam

  • Add cranberries and bring it all to a boil once again.

cranberry jam

Squeeze the juice out of a lemon, making sure no seed falls out.

Cook for 7 minutes, so the mix will start to thicken.  Most of the cranberries will be popping, and that is normal. 

I like to keep cranberry fruits whole in my jam, but if you prefer blended cranberries, you can simply add the jam into a blender and reboil after.

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  • Done. Put in jars to enjoy.

cranberry jam recipe

I hope your family loves this cranberry jam, and if you do, here are more jam that you may want to try: 

Apple Jam

Homemade Apricot Jam Recipe

Homemade Strawberry Jam

Equipment I Used

Easy Homemade Cranberry Jam

Cranberry Jam (Sauce)

Just four simple ingredients, that make a sweet and tart homemade cranberry jam. It's perfect to serve for brunch along with toast and muffins.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 124 kcal


  • pot
  • citrus squeezer
  • wooden spoon
  • Ladle


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cups fresh cranberry
  • 1 lemon juiced


  • Bring 1 cup of water and 1 cup sugar to a boil in a medium size pot.
    Easy Homemade Cranberry Jam
  • Add 4 cups of cranberries, bring it all to a boil once again.
    Easy Homemade Cranberry Jam
  • Squeeze juice out of 1 lemon (make sure no seeds fall out), cook for 7 minutes. The cranberries will be popping, most should be popped.
    Easy Homemade Cranberry Jam
  • Done. Put in jars to enjoy.
    Easy Homemade Cranberry Jam


Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Jam (Sauce)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 124 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 61mg2%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. Wow!! I will definitely be trying this today. Thank you.

  2. I made this cranberry jam today and it was delicious!!! My family loves it with toasted bread and butter.Going to be making this again for sure!Thank you for the recipe!!!

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