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Cranberry sauce in a white bowl with rosemary and cinnamon on the side
Cranberry Sauce with orange juice
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Hands-free 15-minute cranberry sauce recipe using only 4-ingredients is a perfect side dish for Thanksgiving feast

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry sauce
Servings: 6
Calories: 125 kcal
Author: Archana Mundhe
  • 1 12 oz cranberries fresh or frozen
  • 1 apple peeled and diced (I like honey crisp or granny smith variety)
  • ½ cup orange juice preferably fresh
  • 3/4 cup sugar
Optional Ingredients:
  • 2 twigs rosemary
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon ginger grated
  1. Add cranberries, apple and orange juice to the Instant Pot. Layer with sugar, do not mix.
  2. Pressure cook for 2 mins. Allow 5 to 10 mins natural pressure release. Open the Instant Pot. Mix well and allow to cool before serving.
Stove Top Recipe:
  1. Add cranberries, apple, sugar, orange juice and 1/2 cup of water to a medium sauce pan. Cook on medium heat until it starts to boil and the cranberries start to pop, stirring frequently.

  2. Mash it with a potato masher or back of the spoon to get to the texture you like. Then allow to simmer on low heat for 5 minutes.

  3. Taste the sauce and stir in more sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time to bring the sauce it to your desired sweetness.

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Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Sauce with orange juice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 125 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 74mg2%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 67IU1%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.