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pressure cooker cranberry sauce in a small white bowl
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5 from 14 votes

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

Make sweet and tangy Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce for the holidays! It has a cook time of just 4 minutes and can be made with fresh or frozen cranberries. Spiced with a warming cinnamon stick and freshly squeezed orange juice, this cranberry sauce is sure to please a crowd!
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time24 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Keyword: Christmas side dish recipes, fresh cranberry sauce, holiday side dish, Instant Pot cranberry sauce, Thanksgiving side dish recipes
Servings: 12
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Kristina


  • 24 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries two, 12 oz packages
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • ½ cup orange juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 slices of orange peel
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  • Add cranberries, sugar, orange juice, the cinnamon stick, and orange peel to the inner pot of the pressure cooker. Do not stir. Close and seal the lid.
  • Pressure cook on high for 4 minutes. Complete a 15 minute natural release, then quickly release remaining pressure.
  • Remove the lid and discard the cinnamon stick and orange peel. Use a masher to mash the cranberries to the consistency of your liking. Stir well and transfer to the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with fresh herbs, such as rosemary, sage, or thyme, if desired. Sprinkle lightly with orange zest and serve chilled.


*Please note that this recipe does not require adding water to the pressure cooker.
Uses: use homemade cranberry sauce as a side dish, a filling for pastries, a glaze for turkey and chicken, a topping for cheesecake and ice cream or an addition to homemade yogurt or smoothies. Use it as a spread on toast, a topping for pancakes, and even mix it into muffins or oatmeal.
Storing: keep in the fridge for up to 10 days or freeze for up to 6 months


Serving: 2oz | Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 56IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg