Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce is sure to impress all your Thanksgiving guests!
Don’t think you like cranberry sauce? You MUST try this!
Only EVER had canned cranberry sauce? You definitely MUST try this!
Confession… I used to HATE cranberry sauce.
2nd confession… when I say I used to HATE cranberry sauce, it’s kind of fabricated because the truth is I had always REFUSED to try cranberry sauce.
3rd confession… I eat this Instant Pot Cranberry sauce for days. It is so good on toast like jam, over ice cream as a topping, on pancakes and waffles, or just by the spoon full.
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As a child, growing up, we ALWAYS had the canned stuff. I apologize if you like canned cranberry sauce, because I don’t mean to offend you I swear but the stuff disgusts me. Something about it being so gelatinous that you can cut it into circles… and the marks on the circles that result from it being in that can. I just can’t…
Let’s get on to the good stuff…
This Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce is sure to impress your holiday guests - double the recipe & save the leftovers, because it is good on SO many things!
- 12 ounce whole cranberries washed and sorted through
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 1/2 cup orange juice freshly squeezed
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2-3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp orange liqueur can omit
- 4-5 dashes aromatic orange bitters can omit
Gather all ingredients
Rinse cranberries, and discard any that are badly bruised or that have gone mushy-bad. Pour into Instant Pot insert. Add all other ingredients, then stir.
Close Instant Pot lid, and turn vent knob to “Sealing”
Press “Manual” high pressure and use “+/-“ buttons to set cook time to 15 minutes.
When cook time is complete, Instant Pot will beep. Quickly release pressure (QPR) by turning Vent knob to “Venting”.
ENJOY the amazing aromas that will come from your pot. Seriously, it smells AMAZING!
When you open the lid, you may first think it doesn’t look right, or that you didn’t cook it long enough. Have no fear, just stir, squish, stir, squish, stir…
If you want it super smooth (which I do not), you could use an Immersion blender or regular blender to achieve this. I happen to LOVE the texture just as is!
If it seems a little too thin to you, once again, no worries. Allow the sauce to cool - it will thicken as it cools. Store in a tupperware container in the fridge until you are ready to serve.
I serve my Orange Cranberry Sauce at room temperature or cooled, but not cold - up to you & yours how you choose to serve it!
*The amount of sugar depends on your preference of sweetness -
I use 1/2 cup & think it's perfectly tart and sweet.
**You can omit the alcoholic ingredients in preferred - they really help deepen that orange flavor though, and are really yummy in this recipe. Don’t worry, they completely cook out all alcohol!
Step by Step Directions
Gather your ingredients
Add all ingredients
This is the zester I have!
Stir, stir, stir
Serve or Store
Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce
Serve in a variety of ways… Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce is so not limited to your turkey dinner. Try it on sandwiches, or pork chops, or fried chicken. If you’re like me, as I admitted earlier, you might want to try this over vanilla ice cream… I’ve also had it on peanut butter toast, on english muffins over cream cheese, pancakes, waffles, toast, crepes, oatmeal, yogurt…