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Cranberry sauce is a staple at most Thanksgiving dinners– learn how to make cranberry sauce from fresh cranberries in under ten minutes using your Instant Pot. This Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce will be a delicious accompaniment to your Thanksgiving feast!
It’s time for recipe #3 in my Instant Pot Thanksgiving series! In case you missed it, so far we’ve done Honey Herb Carrots and Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes. I’m all about making Thanksgiving a little easier on all of us. The Instant Pot (affiliate link) is my FAVORITE new kitchen appliance. I bought it several years ago on Black Friday and didn’t touch it for a whole year due to lack of recipes on the internet– but now, there’s a ton! The IP also comes with a manual which has cooking times for different meats, grains, vegetables or fruit.
This was my first time cooking fruit in the Instant Pot and it came out great! Cranberry sauce is one of my favorite parts of the Thanksgiving meal. When I was little, I never touched it. I’m not sure why– it’s so sweet and tangy! Usually, cranberry sauce is bought in a can or is made by simmering on the stove top. I’ve made it easy for you and created a cranberry sauce that can be made in under TEN minutes using your handy dandy Instant Pot.
Here’s a video to show just how easy it is:
See how easy it is? :) It shouldn’t be hard to find fresh cranberries– most grocery stores begin to stock them in the fresh produce section near the end of October. My local Sprouts just set out a display this week. I love the orange juice + zest in this recipe. It adds a lovely citrus note.
I am completely aware of the half cup of sugar in this recipe– I put it there on purpose. :) Cranberries are very sour, so they need sugar to sweeten them up. Thanksgiving is definitely not the time to try to “healthify” things that shouldn’t be “healthified”. Enjoy your sugar-sweetened cranberry sauce alongside roasted turkey, a big pile of mashed potatoes, buttery carrots, green bean casserole, etc. All the favorites. <3
Now, I want to hear from you!
Do you have an Instant Pot? What’s your favorite thing to make? What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?
Here’s the recipe for Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce:
Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce
- 12 oz fresh cranberries, rinsed
- 1 granny smith apple, diced
- juice + zest from 1 orange
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
Place the cranberries, apple, orange juice, and orange zest in the Instant Pot. Close lid and press "Manual" and set for 1 minute. Let the Instant Pot naturally release pressure for 7 minutes, then use the quick release valve.
Press the "Saute" button on the Instant Pot. Add the sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt to the pot. Stir to combine and use a spatula to break the fruit into pieces. Cook for two minutes, then remove from heat.
Hi! I’m Emily, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and self-taught intuitive chef. I firmly believe that cooking is the simplest and most important step we can take to improve our minds and bodies and build healthier communities. Join me and let’s bring food back to the kitchen!