Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce - Perfect homemade 4 min cranberry sauce made from scratch! Use frozen or fresh cranberries. Quick, simple, easy, and so good.

Perfect homemade 4 min cranberry sauce recipe, made from scratch! Use frozen or fresh cranberries. Quick, simple, easy, and so good.

Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Remember the Friends episode where everyone is late to Thanksgiving? Monica is tricked into cooking the entire Thanksgiving meal (a Thanksgiving she didn’t want to host) and Chandler just wants to help out in the sweetest way possible.

Chandler: I’m serious, let me do something, just not the turkey or the stuffing, nothing “high profile”.

Monica: Ok, let’s see… Oh, the cranberry sauce, it is easy to make and no-one really cares about it.

Cranberry Sauce Recipe

That’s basically all I think about when it comes to cranberry sauce. It really is super easy and some people do care about it, especially on those leftover Thanksgiving sammies.

Yes, I absolutely have an epic leftover Thanksgiving slider recipe coming oh-so-soon. Stay tuned!

Cranberry Sauce Recipe

But back to the easy cranberry sauce. All it needs is 4 min in the IP and naturally released for 20-30 minutes.

The consistency is just perfect, the sauce is sweet and tangy, and it can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. Make-ahead, quick, simple. Now that’s one thing you can cross off your list for Thanksgiving already!

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

Perfect homemade 4 min cranberry sauce made from scratch! Use frozen or fresh cranberries. Quick, simple, easy, and so good.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 (12-ounce) packages fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 (3-inch) strips of orange zest
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Place cranberries, sugars, orange juice, orange zest, cinnamon and cloves into a 6-qt Instant Pot®. Stir until well combined.
  2. Select manual setting; adjust pressure to high, and set time for 4 minutes. When finished cooking, naturally release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions, about 20-30 minutes.
  3. Remove orange zest and cinnamon. Using a wooden spoon, mash cranberry mixture until desired consistency is reached; stir in vanilla.
  4. Let cool completely.

Notes:

*For those without an Instant Pot®, this stovetop version is also a favorite of mine and one I have been using since 2013!

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