Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

purple-red sauce in a small white bowl filled with cranberries

This is the best cranberry sauce ever and you an make it using your Instant Pot in only 7 minutes!

It's super easy and all you need is 3 simple ingredients.

purple-red sauce in a small white bowl filled with cranberries

This Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce will surely blow everyone's mind.

The Flavor is bright and you can use it for pancakes, pork loin, roast beef and many more.

In my opinion is the best cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving and any special occasion 🙂

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce Recipe Video

Can I use frozen Cranberries?

Yes. For this homemade cranberry sauce you can use frozen cranberries as well. It is totally up to you and what you have at home.

Just make sure you thaw the berries before you use them.

Can I make it ahead of time?

Yes, of course. You can easily prepare the sauce before time and store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

What to do with the leftovers?

Well, there can be a hundred different ways in which you can utilize the leftovers.

You can utilize the sauce to make sandwiches, a topping for Skrewball Whisky Ice Cream, oatmeal, yogurt, or cake.

Why does this recipe work?

  • Easiest cranberry sauce recipe.
  • Quick and prepared in the span of a few minutes.
  • Budget-friendly
  • Less mess and minimum efforts required
  • Perfect for Christmas and Thanksgiving

What if I want a sweeter sauce?

If you tasted it after the pressure cooker and it's not sweet enough for you, you can just add more sugar.

Stir in 1 tablespoon of sugar at a time.

How to make Cranberry Sauce

Gather the necessary ingredients.

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

Add cranberries, orange zest, orange juice to the Instant Pot.

Pour sugar on the top of all ingredients.

No need to stir!

Close the lid.

Set the Instant Pot to “Manual” or "pressure cook" at high pressure for 2 minutes.

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

Do a quick release.

Open the lid of the Instant Pot and stir well.

Taste the sauce and add more sugar if needed.

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

Pour it into a serving dish and let it chill.

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

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purple-red sauce in a small white bowl filled with cranberries

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

This sweet and tangy homemade cranberry sauce is perfect for your Thanksgiving dinner.
4.80 from 10 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry Sauce, orange zest
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Corrie


  • 1 lb cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest grated
  • cup orange juice
  • 1 cup sugar


  • Add cranberries, orange zest, and orange juice to the Instant Pot.
  • Pour sugar on the top of all the ingredients. Do NOT stir.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 2 minutes.
  • When cooking time is complete, do a quick pressure release.
  • Open the lid of the Instant Pot and stir well. You can add more sugar if needed.
  • Pour it into a serving dish and let it chill.


Calories: 511kcal Carbohydrates: 132g Protein: 1g Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 6mg Potassium: 280mg Fiber: 11g Sugar: 112g Vitamin A: 223IU Vitamin C: 52mg Calcium: 25mg Iron: 1mg


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10 thoughts on “Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

  1. 5 stars
    Now this was so delicious that everyone went back 2 - 3 times. It’s a keeper for many years to come. Guys it’s so easy in the instaPot.

  2. 5 stars
    I cubed apples and added them before pressure cooking, then swished a cinnamon stick in the serving dish…..Yum!

  3. 5 stars
    Made this recipe this evening. When I looked at your pictures, I didn't think you got much out of 1-lb of cranberries, so I bought three of the 12-oz. bags of Ocean-Spray Cranberries and a large navel orange. I weighed out 2-lbs of cranberries leaving about half a bag unused. I rinsed the cranberries and drained them well in stages and put it in my instant pot. Then I took my big orange and zested the heck out of it. Hard to measure, but it was plenty, so I dumped that on top of the cranberries. Then I cut my orange in half and squeezed over a fine mesh strainer to catch any junk or seed if you're using an orange with seeds in it. Since I doubled the batch I was looking for 2/3-cup of Orange Juice and just barely missed having enough. So took some bottled OJ out of the fridge and topped it off before dumping it in. Then I dumped in two cups of sugar, put the lid on; checked to make sure the vent was sealed; turned it on manual; and set it for 3-minutes instead of two.

    Took 15 to 20 minutes to come to pressure and then the 3-minutes just flew by. Opened it up and mixed it well and then tasted it. Took some to my wife for her opinion. We agreed it was a bit too tart and needed a bit more sugar. Added about 1/3 cup of sugar and stirred it in well. That did it just right.

    This is a delicious cranberry sauce with a touch of orange and very easy to make. I would not suggest doubling the recipe unless you have lots of friends to share it with... 2-lbs. of cranberries really made a LOT!

    Was impossible at either of our local supermarkets to buy cranberries by the pound and they only come in 12-oz. packages now. I think next time I'm going to just get one 12-oz. package and use the rest of the recipe measurements for your 1-lb recipe. Sugar should be about right with that and you'll still have plenty of cranberry sauce.

    This is REALLY GOOD!!!

    1. Awesome, thanks for your comment! You could definitely make this recipe with 12 ounces. It's a very flexible recipe to adjust based on your preferences, as you discovered. That's good to know about the package size.

  4. I just made two 12 packs I make a packet with cinnamon stick and while cloves and add that. So flavorful you can cut back on the sugar. I share this with neighbors at Thanksgiving. Super easy!! Doesn’t last long at our house

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