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Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce is the easiest way to make this classic holiday side dish. All you need is four ingredients, 20 minutes *plus resting time, and an Instant Pot to whip up this easy Cranberry Sauce for your next holiday dinner.
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 17 minutes
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories: 105kcal


  • Instant Pot


  • 12 oz. fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest


  • Rinse and drain the cranberries.
  • Then place the cranberries in the Instant Pot followed by the white sugar, orange juice, and orange zest. Do not stir.
  • Place the lid on top of the Instant Pot. Close the lid, making sure the valve is set to "sealing". Set on "manual" pressure for 2 minutes.
  • After the timer beeps. Let the cranberry sauce in the Instant Pot for 10 minutes. Then, carefully force any remaining pressure from the pot. Remove the lid, and stir.
  • Using hot pads, remove the pot from the base. Let it sit for 1 hour. Then pour into a container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.


  • Freezing Pro Tip - If you freeze leftover cranberry sauce make sure you lay your cranberry sauce flat in the freezer so it doesn’t take up much room.


Serving: 0.25c | Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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