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Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

This Instant Pot cranberry sauce takes only 5 minutes to cook, and leaves your hands free to prepare other things! Made with three simple ingredients: cranberries, sugar, and water.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 5 cups
Calories: 116kcal


  • 24 oz cranberries 2 bags; fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups granulated sugar can also use maple syrup, *see note 1
  • 1 cup water


  • Combine - Rinse the cranberries and pick out any bad ones. Place in the base of an Instant Pot and stir in the sugar and water.
    overhead view of instant pot cranberry sauce before cooking
  • Pressure cook - Put the lid on the Instant Pot, set it to 'sealing', then select manual (or pressure cook) for 5 minutes (high pressure). 
    instant pot with 5 minutes on the timer
  • Release pressure - When timer beeps, let the Instant Pot sit for 10 minutes to naturally release. After 10 minutes, release the remaining pressure and (wearing oven mitts) remove the insert from the base to cool completely.
    overhead view of instant pot after cooking cranberry sauce



1 - for a refined sugar-free variety, replace the sugar with 1 cup of maple syrup
2 - a half batch of this recipe worked fine in an older 6 quart instant pot model, but has not been tested in an 8 quart.
Fridge - cool completely, then store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Serve cold or warm (we prefer cold)!
To Freeze- cool completely, then freeze in plastic freezer jars or meal prep containers; it's important that the sauce is completely cool when it goes into the freezer to prevent glass containers cracking and freezer burn from occurring.


Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 5.7mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg