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Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce in a white serving bowl.

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

This Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce is made with fresh or frozen cranberries, water, sugar and spices. This quick and easy homemade sauce saves time and frees your stove for other dishes.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot cranberry sauce
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
coming to pressure 9 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 236kcal
Author Anna


  • 12 oz fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


  • Make sure the stainless steel insert is in your Instant Pot.
  • Place cranberries in the pot. Add water and stir.
  • Add sugar on top of cranberries and DO NOT stir.
  • Close the lid and switch the valve to sealing position. Newer IP models do it on their own.
  • Make sure the Instant Pot is set to cook on HIGH pressure.
  • Press "manual" or "pressure cook" setting. Set timer to 3 minutes.
  • The Instant Pot will beep and it will start coming to pressure, which can take up to 10 minutes.
  • The timer will start after a few seconds.
  • Once the timer is done, press "cancel/off" button. You can unplug your Instant Pot.
  • Let it release the pressure naturally. It will take about 10 minutes.
  • Carefully open the lid away from the face. Stir the sauce. It will look quite watery.
  • Add vanilla extract and cloves and stir.
  • Pour the sauce into a bowl and let it cool completely. It will thicken as it cools.


  1. If you like your sauce chunky, cut down the cooking time to 1 minute.
  2. I make this recipe for our family of 5 (two adults and 3 children). You can easily double the ingredients, cooking time stays the same.
  3. Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use the calorie counter you are familiar with.


Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 51IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg