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Easy Orange Sauce

Orange sauce is sweet, tangy, and a perfect topping for waffles and pancakes. I also love it drizzled over desserts like cake and ice cream. Make it with orange juice or add Grand Marnier for a more grown-up version.

Orange Sauce poured over a waffle

What Is Orange Sauce Made Of?

Orange juice and sugar in a pot

The most basic orange sauce is made with sugar and orange juice.

They are heated so that the sugar melts and the orange juice reduces (some of the liquid evaporates) and the flavor intensifies.

How to Thicken Orange Sauce

Orange sauce over ice creamIf you just cook down the orange juice with sugar, you’ll end up with a thin orange syrup. This is absolutely delicious and sometimes I like to use it as is! Sometimes, especially on ice cream, it’s nice to have a thicker orange sauce.

To thicken the sauce a little, add a pat of butter. This also adds a richer buttery flavor to the sauce!

To thicken the sauce to more of a honey consistency, whisk together a half teaspoon of corn starch with a teaspoon of orange juice and add it to the boiling liquid. Whisk it into the liquid for about a minute. The sauce will start to thicken and it will continue to thicken as it cools.

Adding cornstarch slurry to boiling orange sauce

What is Grand Marnier?

Image from WikipediaGrand Marnier is an orange-flavored cognac-based liqueur.

The name is synonymous with orange liqueur – just as some people use the word Coke to mean soda.

I like to use a lot of Grand Marnier in my orange sauce as I love the boozy orange flavor! If you are making the sauce for children, you may want to skip the Grand Marnier and use just orange juice.

Where to Use Orange Sauce

Orange sauce over ice cream with a spoon

Here are some of my favorite ways to use orange sauce:

  • Poured over my Belgian waffles (I actually use Belgian beer and Belgian chocolate in my Belgian waffles!)
  • Drizzled on my almond cinnamon rolls (I typically top them with a cherry glaze, but they are wonderful with orange sauce as well.)
  • On top of pancakes, like these perfect pancakes from The Stay at Home Chef
  • Over English muffins or crumpets
  • In any oatmeal
  • Over any ice cream (I show vanilla here, but it’s so good on chocolate as well!)
  • Drizzled over cupcakes frosted with vanilla frosting or chocolate frosting
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Orange Sauce

Orange sauce is sweet, tangy, and a perfect topping for waffles, pancakes, ice cream, and desserts. Try it with Grand Marnier for a more grown-up version!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword orange sauce
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 126kcal
Author Stef


  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup Grand Marnier optionally, replace with more orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch


  • Set aside one teaspoon of orange juice in a small bowl.
  • In a small saucepan on medium heat, melt butter. 
  • Whisk in remaining orange juice, sugar, and Grand Marnier.
  • Bring mixture to a low boil and cook for ten minutes to reduce the liquid.
  • Whisk the cornstarch into the previously set aside orange juice until it yields a uniform slurry, then add to the mixture. Continue to whisk for about one minute.
  • Remove from heat and let cool to thicken.


If you are making the sauce for children, you may want to skip the Grand Marnier and use just orange juice.
You can leave off the butter and cornstarch slurry to make an orange syrup instead of an orange sauce.


Nutrition Facts
Orange Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 126 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 20mg1%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Sugar 21g23%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 5.2mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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6 comments on “Easy Orange Sauce”

  1. Elianasays:

    Grown up syrup for some grown up pancakes. I love this.

  2. Stefsays:

    I love that comment. I almost wish I had used that line in the post! Thanks!

  3. delicious! i see gran marnier pancakes in my future…

  4. Gracesays:

    amazing. dare i say it? maple syrup may take a backseat to this. :)

  5. Elysesays:

    WOW. Just wow. I’d take the grand marnier plain, too, but oh, in a syrup. How creative! How fabulous! How delicious! I can only imagine how amazing this must taste over the cornmeal pancakes. I am so jealous that I don’t have these pancakes and syrup in front of my right this instant!

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