Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce is so easy to make, cooked for only 1 minute on High Pressure. Flavored with orange juice, orange zest and lemon zest.

Cranberry Sauce is such a Thanksgiving staple that I can’t imagine the holiday without it. The best part is that you can also make it in advance, and with this Instant Pot version it will only take you minutes to fix some. Other delicious Thanksgiving side dishes that we enjoy are Sweet Potato Casserole, Crispy Roasted Potatoes, Creamed Corn and Sweet Potato Soufflé.

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

Making Cranberry Sauce just got so much easier, forget about standing by the stove and having to stir it constantly. Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce takes only a few minutes to make and minimum prep work. Now your Thanksgiving prep just got easier, as you can make this recipe in advance as well.

After you add all the ingredients to the pressure cooker, you cook everything on High Pressure for 1 minute only, followed by a 5 minute Natural Pressure Release. After which you add more sugar and juice if needed, and cook the cranberries on Sauté mode for a few more minutes. Easy like that, the Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce is done.

This Cranberry Sauce is so good, you can just eat it with a spoon. Made with orange juice, orange zest and lemon zest for a beautiful citrusy flavor. If you intend to add it to desserts, you can stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract as well.

Easy Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Is Cranberry Sauce served warm or cold

Cranberry sauce can be made as early as a week before Thanksgiving, as it keeps well in the refrigerator. The  sauce can be served chilled or at room temperature. But there is no harm if you want to heat it up a little before adding it to some warm turkey.

How do you make Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

One of the easiest, and fool-proof ways to make cranberry sauce, is using your Instant Pot.

Cranberry Sauce Ingredients:

  • Fresh cranberries
  • Orange juice
  • Orange Zest
  • Lemon Zest
  • Sugar
  • Pinch of salt

Cranberry Sauce Instructions:

  • First, in a small bowl combine warm orange juice with 2 tablespoons of sugar, until sugar is fully dissolved.
  • Add the orange juice mixture to the Instant Pot.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients: cranberries (reserving about 1/2 cup), orange zest, lemon zest and pinch of salt.
  • Cook on High Pressure for 1 minute, followed by a 5 minute Natural Pressure Release.
  • Open the Instant Pot, stir the mixture, and add the remaining sugar 1/2 cup at a time and remaining cranberries. Stir to combine until the sugar is dissolved.
  • If you want the sauce thicker, add more sugar and keep cooking it to reduce the liquid. If you want the sauce thinner, add more orange juice, 1/4 cup at a time.
  • Once the sauce is thick enough and as sweet as you like it, turn of the pot and add it to a serving bowl.
  • Fully cool the Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce before refrigerating it.

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How long do you cook Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

You cook the sauce for 1 minute on High Pressure, followed by a 5 minute Natural Pressure Release. After which, you switch to sauce and continue to cook for a few more minutes.

How to thicken or “jell” the Cranberry Sauce:

  • You can thicken cranberry sauce by adding more sugar. Usually if the sauce is too watery, it means you added too much liquid and not enough sugar. A solution is to add more sugar and continue to cook and stir to reduce the liquid.
  • Another solution, in case you don’t want to sweeten the sauce more, is to add a mix of cornstarch and water. In a small bowl combine 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with two tablespoons of water until cornstarch is fully dissolved. Add the mixture to the sauce and stir to combine. If its still too thin, repeat by adding another round of cornstarch slurry. Simmer for a few minutes and keep in mind that the sauce will thicken more once it cools.
Best Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce Recipe

How to store Cranberry Sauce

  • Cranberry Sauce keeps well in the refrigerator and can be made one week in advance.
  • First, let it fully cool at room temperature.
  • Then, place it in a covered container in the refrigerator.
  • Serve chilled or at room temperature.

How to freeze Cranberry Sauce

  • Cranberry Sauce freezes well, so if you have leftovers, you can easily freeze them.
  • First, let it fully cool at room temperature.
  • Then, place it in a covered airtight, freezer safe container or freezer bags. If using freezer bags, press to remove excess air before closing the bag.
  • Transfer to the freezer. If using freezer bags, lay them flat in the freezer.
  • Freeze for up to 3-4 months.

How to thaw Cranberry Sauce

  • Remove sauce from freezer and place it in the fridge overnight.
  • Another method is to place the bag with frozen sauce in a casserole dish under running warm water.
  • Once thawed, add the sauce to a sauce pan and bring to boil. If needed add either more sugar or more juice. Stir to combine.
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Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce is so easy to make, cooked for only 1 minute on High Pressure. Flavored with orange juice, orange zest and lemon zest.

Ingredients

To Cook The Cranberries:
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries frozen can be used as well
  • 1/3 cup orange juice lukewarm
  • 1 Orange zested
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 2 tablespoons sugar maple syrup or honey will work as well
  • Pinch of salt
Additional:
  • 1 cup white sugar maple syrup or honey will work as well
  • Orange juice if needed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional if you will use the sauce in desserts

Instructions

  1. Start by washing the cranberries, and discard the ones that are mushy.

  2. Reserver about 1/2 cup of cranberries and set it aside. This is optional, and usually is done to add the cranberries at the end, to have a mix of different textures.
  3. In a small bowl combine warm, microwaved orange juice with 2 tablespoons of sugar, until sugar is fully dissolved.
  4. Add the orange juice mixture to the Instant Pot.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients: cranberries (reserving about 1/2 cup if you want), orange zest, lemon zest and pinch of salt. Stir to combine.
  6. Cover with the lid, lock and make sure the knob is pointed to sealed.
  7. Cook on High Pressure for 1 minute if using fresh cranberries and for 2 minutes if using frozen cranberries, followed by a 5 minute Natural Pressure Release.
  8. Open the Instant Pot and select Sauté medium heat. Stir the mixture, and add the remaining sugar 1/2 cup at a time and remaining 1/2 cup of cranberries. Stir to combine until the sugar is dissolved. Stir and cook for about 3-5 minutes, for the sauce to thicken.
  9. At this point if the sauce is too thin aka watery, you can add the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar, to make it thicker and sweeter.
  10. If you want the sauce thinner, add more orange juice, 1/4 cup at a time, stir to combine and simmer for a few minutes.
  11. Eventually if you want to thicker the sauce without adding more sugar, see blog post on cornstarch slurry instructions.
  12. Once the sauce is thick enough and as sweet as you like it, turn of the pot, stir in vanilla extract if using and add it to a serving bowl.
  13. Fully cool the sauce before refrigerating it.
Recipe Notes

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce Recipe Video:

Calories: 194, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 140mg, Carbohydrates: 50g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 43g, Vitamin A: 2.2%, Vitamin C: 43.1%, Calcium: 1.8%, Iron: 1.4%

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