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Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

I love cranberry sauce. I know most people find it easier to just buy a can of cranberry sauce. But let me tell you it’s not that hard to make. This Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce recipe is great dump pressure cooker recipe.

Pressure cooker is perfect for creating an awesome cranberry sauce. You get that jelly/jam type of consistency. And of course, it’s absolutely delicious. If after it cools it’s still not the consistency you want (or you don’t have the time) add a bit of gelatin to your cranberry sauce to thicken it quickly.

Cranberry sauce is the perfect sweet addition to the over the top savoriness of Thanksgiving Dinner. Now this recipe calls for a full cup of sugar. And that might seem a excessive but cranberries are so tart, you really should use a full cup of sugar. If you don’t like sugar, you can always replace the sugar for some maple syrup. Thanksgiving dinner is filled with such savory dishes (turkey and mac n cheese) that it’s nice to have the sweet addition of cranberry sauce.

Cranberry Sauce Above

If you like jellied cranberry sauce out of the can, no judgement. I’d buy that and make this version too.

BTW – This is also a great pressure cooker dump recipe. Throw everything in the pot and just walk away. Love it!!

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

Makes 3 cups

  • 4 ounces bourbon, divided
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  •  1 pound cranberries
  • 2 ½ teaspoons orange zest
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup pure can sugar
  • pinch of cocoa powder
  • 1 cup water (only add if needed to thin sauce)

Wash cranberries. Remove and discard stems.

Cranberries in Pot

Set Instant Pot to saute and add 2 ounces of bourbon.

Once bourbon begins to bubble add cinnamon stick.

Then add cranberries and stir.

Cancel saute.

Then add bourbon, orange zest, orange juice, sugar, cocoa powder and water.

Close lid and set pressure cooker to high pressure for 10 minutes.

Natural pressure release for 5 minutes.

Cranberry sauce cooked in pot

Stir well, gently breaking up the cranberries.

Pour into a container and chill in fridge.

cranberry sauce close

If you try this recipe, I’d love to know. Leave me a comment or take a picture and tag it #elskitchencmfrt on Twitter or @els.kitchencomforts on Instagram. I’m excited to see what you cook up.



On another note, this is a great sauce to add to a cranberry, apple cider sangria. I’ll share that recipe with you in a another post.

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