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Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

Instant Pot cranberry sauce frees up a burner this holiday season. This easy recipe yields a delicious fresh cranberry sauce with no fuss. A little sweet and a little tart thanks to some orange zest and orange juice, it pairs nicely with turkey or ham.

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A clear bowl of Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce surrounded by cranberries on white. It is a bright, citrusy holiday side dish.

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

Holiday confession time. 

Store bought cranberry sauce in a can creeps me out. It’s so jiggly. Unnatural. Maybe a little evil.

Did you think it would be a juicier confession? I’m sorry. That’s all I got for you today.

However, homemade cranberry sauce? That I can get behind all the way.

This Instant Pot cranberry sauce is a super delicious, dump and go recipe that is a million times better than the store bought jiggly stuff. This is the perfect combination of tart cranberries, bright orange flavor, a little cinnamon and a lot of holiday taste. So delicious!

Why make cranberry sauce in the pressure cooker?

No turkey dinner is complete without cranberry sauce! A white plate loaded with turkey, stuffing, gravy, cornbread and cranberry sauce.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce is the perfect holiday side!

Yes, cranberry sauce is very easy to make on the stove. That’s true. But, whenever I get to the point of a holiday dinner where I am making my cranberry sauce, my kitchen is like a 3 ring circus. I’m using all the burners and juggling gravy and things going in and out of the oven. The last thing I want to do is babysit another pot.

With this recipe, you can dump everything right in the Instant Pot, set it and forget it. Nothing to babysit or watch. And that’s a lifesaver to me on the holidays.

Ingredients and Kitchen Tools

Ingredients for Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce: cranberries, orange juice, sugar and cinnamon sticks

Ingredients for Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce: cranberries, orange juice, sugar and cinnamon sticks

To make this, you’ll need:

That’s it for ingredients.

For kitchen tools you’ll need:

How to Make

A clear bowl of Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce surrounded by cranberries on white. It is a bright, citrusy holiday side dish.

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Cinnamon

Making this is incredibly easy. To do it:

  1. Add the ingredients to the inner liner of the Instant Pot.
    Put the cranberries and orange juice to the inner liner of the Instant Pot. Pour the sugar on top of the cranberries. Make sure you don’t stir after you add the sugar or you will get a burn notice. After you add the sugar, carefully place the cinnamon stick on top.
  2. Pressure cook.
    After all the ingredients are in the Pot, secure the lid. Pressure cook on high for 2 minutes. When the pot beeps, turn it off. Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes to allow the cranberry sauce to stop bubbling. After 5 minutes, quick release in short busts. When the pressure is released, open the lid and spoon into a dish.
  3. Let it cool and enjoy!
    Let cool. The cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools. Garnish with fresh orange zest if desired and serve.

Stovetop Instructions

A clear bowl of Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce surrounded by cranberries on white topped with an orange slice and rosemary.

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

Add the cranberries into a saucepan with sugar, orange juice and the cinnamon stick. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and the cranberries are soft, about 10 minutes. Increase the heat to medium and cook until the cranberries burst, 10-15 minutes. Stir in the orange zest and remove the pot from the heat. Let it cool before serving.

Can I make this ahead of time?

A clear bowl of Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce surrounded by cranberries on white topped with an orange slice and rosemary.

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

Yes! This is the perfect thing to make the morning of or the day before your holiday meal. The sauce needs to cool so it can thicken and set. If you make it ahead of time just spoon it into an airtight dish and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

Tips and Tricks

No turkey dinner is complete without cranberry sauce! A silver serving platter loaded with turkey and stuffing with a bowl of cranberry sauce on the side.

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce completes your holiday dinner!

  • Make sure to add the ingredients in the order they are listed in the instructions and do not stir the cranberries after the sugar is added. Stirring will allow the sugar to touch the bottom of the liner, which gets very hot and may burn the sugar or give you the burn notice on the pot.
  • Do not quick release right away. If you don’t want to make a huge mess, let the Pot cool down for at least 5 minutes so the cranberry sauce stops boiling. 
  • You can adjust the amount of sugar for a sweeter sauce if desired.
  • If you aren’t a fan of the orange flavor in the background, substitute the juice for water.

Other Holiday Cranberry Recipes

No turkey dinner is complete without cranberry sauce! A white plate loaded with turkey, stuffing, gravy, cornbread and cranberry sauce.

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce completes your holiday dinner!

Cranberries are such a pretty part of the season. Here are a few of my favorite holiday recipes with cranberries:

 

A clear bowl of Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce surrounded by cranberries on white. It is a bright, citrusy holiday side dish.

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

Instant Pot cranberry sauce frees up a burner this holiday season. This easy recipe yields a delicious fresh cranberry sauce with no fuss. A little sweet and a little tart thanks to some orange zest and orange juice, it pairs nicely with turkey or ham.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces of fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • orange zest or peel for garnish* optional

Instructions

  1. Add the cranberries and orange juice to the inner liner of the Instant Pot.
  2. Then add the sugar on top of the cranberries. Do not stir.
  3. Set 1 cinnamon stick on top.
  4. Secure the lid on the pot. Pressure cook on high for 2 minutes
  5. When the pot beeps, turn it off. Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes to allow the cranberry sauce to stop bubbling.
  6. After 5 minutes, quick release in short busts.
  7. When the pressure is released, open the lid and spoon into a dish.
  8. Let cool. The cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools. Garnish with fresh orange zest if desired and serve.

Notes

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