This Instant Pot Cranberry Orange Sauce recipe takes only four minutes cooking time in the pressure cooker. It’s a delicious and easy holiday recipe with only three ingredients.

bowl of orange cranberry sauce with a gold spoon

You aren’t going to believe how easy it is to make Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce. Whether you want to save space on your stovetop or you just want a hands-off method, I think you’re going to love this easy recipe. 

Cranberries are pretty amazing little berries, they have lots of antioxidants and they’re known for helping to prevent urinary tract infections.

While cranberries are traditionally eaten just around the holidays, but they can be enjoyed throughout the year. I personally love to buy frozen bagged cranberries and make this Instant Pot Cranberry Relish during any season.

labeled photo with ingredients for instant pot cranberry sauce

Recipe Steps

Step One

Combine the cranberries, orange juice, and maple syrup in the base of a 6-quart pressure cooker.

ingredients for instant pot cranberry sauce in an instant pot

Step Two

Cook your cranberry relish on high pressure for 4 minutes and then let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes. Carefully use the quick-release to get rid of any remaining pressure, and then remove the lid.

cooked cranberry relish in an instant pot pressure cooker

Step Three

Transfer the cooked cranberry sauce to a serving dish, and serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled. Store any leftovers in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

bowl of cranberry sauce

FAQs

Can I use fresh cranberries instead of frozen?

Yes, I have tried it both ways. But, you are less likely to get foam when you use frozen cranberries.

Will the relish thicken as it cools?

Yes, it does! I like to make mine the day before I want to use it, and let it cool and thicken overnight in the fridge.

I thought you weren’t supposed to cook cranberries in the Instant Pot because of foam?

In my experimentation, there is a lot less foam when you use frozen cranberries. I did have foam and sputtering when I tested this using fresh cranberries, so my recommendation is to use frozen cranberries.

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Instant Pot Cranberry Orange Sauce

cooked instant pot cranberry sauce ready to eat

This Instant Pot Cranberry Orange Sauce recipe takes only four minutes cooking time in the pressure cooker. It’s a delicious and easy holiday recipe with only three ingredients.

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 29 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: Side dishes
  • Method: Pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan
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Ingredients

  • 1 10-ounce bag frozen cranberries
  • 1/3 cup freshly-squeezed orange juice (from about 1 large orange)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Combine the cranberries, orange juice, and maple syrup in the base of a 6-quart pressure cooker.
  2. Set the time to high pressure for 4 minutes.
  3. Then, when the cooking time is up, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes and then use the quick-release to release any remaining pressure.
  4. Carefully remove the lid and transfer the sauce to a serving bowl.

Notes

  1. Serve hot or cold. The cranberry sauce will thicken in the refrigerator.
  2. Refrigerate any leftovers for up to a week.

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