A fresh Cranberry Sauce Recipe is one of those traditional dishes that goes on your Thanksgiving dinner table every year. It’s tart and sweet all at once and there will be forever a debate on which is better, Cranberry Jelly or with Whole Berries!

Fresh Cranberry Sauce
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While you could open a can of jellied cranberry sauce, and place it in a bowl (as many people do) fresh cranberry sauce can be a real gamer changer this holiday season! Made with fresh or frozen cranberries, it’s absolutely delicious as a side dish on your holiday table.

Making cranberry sauce is super easy to do, and once you realize how fast you can have it on the table you’ll wonder why you ever bothered with canned in the first place. With a cook time of 1 minute, you will be shocked how simple Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce truly is.

This recipe uses cinnamon and oranges to give it a additional flavor and bring in that fresh-factor you want at the table.

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

Another amazing benefit of creating the best recipe in your own home is that you can look forward to the leftovers or you can hear your dinner guests ask where did you get it because it’s delicious!

Assuming that you even have any of this fresh cranberry sauce leftover after dinner, you can use it in my cranberry brie bites to create an amazing appetizer. 

What’s in Fresh Cranberry Sauce?

  • Fresh Cranberries
  • Water
  • Orange Juice
  • Honey
  • Sugar
  • Orange Zest
  • Cinnamon Stick
Homemade Cranberry Sauce Ingredients

How to make Fresh Cranberry Sauce?

  • Wash the cranberries and place them in the pressure cooker.
  • Add Sugar and stir.
  • Pour Orange Juice, Water, Honey, and Orange Zest and give a quick stir
  • Place Cinnamon Stick on top
  • Set the pressure cooker to manual high pressure and cook for 1 minute with a 5 minute Natural Release. 
  • Release Pressure and Open lid. Remove cinnamon stick and throw it away.
  • Stir Cranberries using a wooden spoon or spatula
  • As you stir, break up the larger cranberries, leaving some whole. 
  • To thicken your cranberry sauce, set the pressure cooker to saute mode to reduce the liquid.
How to make Cranberry Sauce

Can I freeze Cranberry Sauce?

Homemade cranberry sauce freezes really well! So take that leftover batch from Thanksgiving and freeze it for making appetizers on Christmas and reduce some of that hectic holiday stress.

How long is Cranberry Sauce good for?

If you store your cranberry sauce in an airtight container in the fridge.

It can last even longer in the freezer, but either way, you have plenty of time for finding ways of incorporating this cranberry sauce in your meal plans.

Can I make Cranberry Sauce on the Stove?

Yes! If you don’t have a pressure cooker or don’t want to use it for this recipe, you can make this cranberry sauce in a pot on the stove.

Simply set the burner to medium-high heat and let it come up to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer until thickened.

Cranberry Sauce

How to serve Cranberry Sauce?

On a plate, in a bowl, hot or cold, the options are all yours to make. There is no wrong way to serve it up, but you may wish to garnish with a few orange peel curls if you’re looking for that fancy appearance.

Can I make Cranberry Sauce a day ahead?

Yes, you can make it a day in advance, it does really well for this and gives the flavors even more time to develop.

Just remember to either have it in your serving dish if you’re eating it cold or to warm it up if you plan on eating it that way.

How do you Thicken Cranberry Sauce?

It’s easy to thicken cranberry sauce. If cooking in a Pressure Cooker press Saute and cook out the extra liquid.

If cooking on the stove top, simmer over a medium heat while stirring to reduce liquid and thicken.

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

What to Serve with Cranberry Sauce

There are so many options really, serve with Mashed Potatoes, on a Sandwich, as an appetizer with cheese and crackers. In a jello salad.

Fresh Cranberry Sauce will really give your recipes an amazing pop of flavor.

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Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce
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Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is one of those traditional dishes that go on your Thanksgiving table every year whether anybody eats it or not. While you could open a can of jellied cranberry sauce, and place it in a bowl (as many people do) fresh cranberry sauce can be a real gamer changer this holiday season!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 min
Natural Pressure Release5 mins
Devour Dinner
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 110kcal
Author: Devour Dinner


  • 1 12oz Fresh Cranberries
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Orange Juice
  • 1 stick Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Tbs Orange Zest
  • 1 Tbs Honey


  • Wash cranberries and place them in the pressure cooker
  • Add 1 cup sugar and stir to coat cranberries
  • Add water, orange juice and honey and orange zest. Stir to combine
  • Place Cinnamon Stick on top
  • Close lid and set to Manual / Pressure Cook for 1 minute with a 5 minute Natural Release
  • Open Lid, remove cinnamon stick
  • Stir cranberries. As you stir break up larger cranberries
  • The more you stir the more the cranberries will break down
  • To thicken sauce, press Saute button feature and reduce excess liquid
  • Serve


Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
Did you make this recipe?Mention @devourdinner or tag us #devourdinner!
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