Cranberry Sweet Potatoes

A simple yet festive holiday side dish that's sure to wow thanks to the addition of dried cranberries, cranberry juice and cranberry sauce!

This post is written in partnership with Ocean Spray®

Give your sweet potatoes a new spin this holiday with a triple infusion of cranberries!

While sweet potatoes are a classic for many families, this is a great year to mix things up. Since they're naturally sweet, these root veggies don't need much in the sugar department. Instead, the crisp taste of cranberry juice and cranberry sauce join forces to make a glaze with cinnamon, cloves, and the fresh zing of orange rind.

Just a hint of brown sugar and plumped dried cranberries for garnish and you're well on your way to a memorable holiday meal.

Video: How to Make Cranberry Glazed Sweet Potatoes


Cranberry Glazed Sweet Potatoes

How Do I Prepare the Sweet Potatoes?

Do you love to peel potatoes? We didn’t think so.

These spuds are boiled in their jackets, and the skin practically falls off with just a little coaxing.

To cut down on cooking time, cut them in half, and they should be done after about twenty minutes, depending on their size. They should be just tender but still a little firm, since they'll go back into the oven with the glaze.

Can I Make Cranberry Sweet Potatoes in Advance?

The benefit of boiling the potatoes is that you can assemble everything up to one or two days ahead of time.

Cook, peel, and slice the potatoes, spoon on the glaze, and put them in a pretty baking dish. When dinnertime nears, they’ll be ready to pull out of the fridge and pop right into the oven.

Cut Down on Dishes This Year!

Making a big meal can be stressful. There's timing to consider and, of course, you want to serve everything warm (oh the struggle!)

And this is one of the reasons we love this recipe: you make it directly in the dish you'll bake and serve it in.

So go ahead and change it up with a truly scrumptious and low-maintenance side dish this year!

Cranberry Sweet Potatoes

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 60 mins
Total Time 75 mins
Servings 8 servings


For the potatoes:

  • 5 large sweet potatoes (about 3 pounds), unpeeled and halved crosswise

  • 2 1/8 teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 3/4 cup Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail

  • 1 cup Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • Zest from 1 orange, finely grated

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

For the cranberry topping:

  • 1/3 cup Ocean Spray Craisins Dried Cranberries

  • 1/4 cup cranberry juice


  1. Boil the sweet potatoes:

    : In a large pot, cover the unpeeled sweet potatoes with cold water. Add the 2 teaspoons of salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, or until tender but still firm when pierced with the tip of a knife (Exact time depends on the size of your potatoes.)

    Drain potatoes and transfer to a cutting board to cool. Once cool enough to handle, pull off the skins and cut potatoes into 3/4-inch-thick rounds.

  2. Preheat the oven to 425oF. Generously butter a 9 X 13-inch baking dish or equivalent.

  3. Make the cranberry syrup/glaze:

    : In a small pot over medium-high heat, whisk the cranberry juice cocktail, jellied cranberry sauce, butter, brown sugar, orange zest, cinnamon, cloves, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt until the syrup boils and the mixture is smooth, about 2-3 minutes.

  4. Assemble and bake the potatoes:

    : Layer the potato slices in the prepared baking dish and pour the cranberry syrup over them.

    Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the syrup bubbles and the potatoes brown at the edges.

  5. Soften the cranberries:

    While the potatoes are baking, in a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup, heat the Craisins® Dried Cranberries and cranberry juice cocktail for 30 to 45 seconds, or until warm. Let them soak for 20 minutes to soften and plump. Drain.

  6. Serve the potatoes:

    Sprinkle the softened cranberries over and around the potatoes and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
238 Calories
5g Fat
48g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 238
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 378mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 18%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 34mg 171%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 564mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.