Let me show you how to pressure cook Cranberry Sauce (with Instant Pot instructions) because it's so easy you will be doing it every year from now on!Jump to Recipe (but bear in mind I give you tons of tips in the blurb)
FRESH OR FROZEN CRANBERRIES?
You can pressure cook Cranberry Sauce with both fresh and frozen cranberries and use the timings I give you in the recipe for both too. No need to change them.
Tesco tends to have 400 g bags of frozen cranberries, which I like to have in the freezer.
I was very lucky and this year the company I buy my Veg and Fruit Boxes from asked if any of their customers wanted fresh cranberries and I immediately put my hand up so, as you can see in these photos and video, this year I used those fresh cranberries.
So big shout out to Cheveley Fruit and Veg, I'm a full paying customer. The cranberries you see in this post are the ones I put my hands up for. If you're in Cambridgeshire or Suffolk, I highly recommend them.
HOW TO EAT CRANBERRY SAUCE
On the side of everything at Christmas!
Also, chop up any leftovers (turkey, ham and some of the veg, place on bread and add a slice of cheddar or brie and it makes a fantastic toastie or panino!).
If you have an air fryer, you can do your toastie or panino there, start with 5 minutes at 180ºC and add time if the cheese hasn’t melted. So good!
Cranberry Sauce is also delicious as a glaze for gammon or your Christmas Ham, my Cranberry-Glazed Gammon recipe has become a favourite.
Of course, another option, is by the spoonful but don’t tell anyone about that… shhhhhhh.
HOW MUCH DOES IT MAKE?
This Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce makes a 500 ml Kilner Jar worth of Cranberry Sauce.
It will be enough for quite a few people on Christmas Day if everyone is having it as a side.
Although I personally just like a little bit on Christmas Day and lots of it as leftovers for Christmas panini and toasties.
CAN I FREEZE THIS CRANBERRY SAUCE?
Yes you can. Pressure cook it and pop it in the freezer for Christmas Day.
CAN I DOUBLE THIS CRANBERRY SAUCE RECIPE?
I haven’t tried it but I don’t see why not.
You would need a bigger dish or bowl and you need to make sure that that dish or bowl is the right diameter for PIP (pot in pot) Instant Pot cooking.
In the photos I use the silicone cake pan and long-handled trivet from the Instant Pot Steamer Set.
I've also used a metal dish in the past.
General maximum diameters for PIP in the Instant Pot are:
Mini / 3 litre / 3 quart : 6 inches - 15 cm
5.7 l / 6 litre / 6 quart: 7 inches - 18 cm
8 litres / 8 quart: 8 inches - 20 cm
Let's see how to pressure cook cranberry sauce.
How to Pressure Cook Cranberry Sauce (with Instant Pot instructions)
- Instant Pot or pressure cooker
- 340-400 g fresh or frozen cranberries rinsed under the tap
- Juice and zest of half an orange juice was 2 tbsp, use the other half for my Red Cabbage
- 1 stick of cinnamon optional
- 1 tablespoon golden granulated sugar for cooking. Then more sugar to taste at the end of pressure cooking for me this can be between 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon and 2 full tablespoons. Add to taste. It highly depends on the cranberries, sometimes it’s more like 2 tbsp
- Place cranberries in a bowl, add all other ingredients. No need to stir.
- Add 250 ml water to inner pot
- Pressure cook 5 minutes with at least 5 minutes NPR then let out the rest of the steam by doing a quick pressure release (see notes).
- Open the lid, discard the cinnamon stick if you used one. Time to stir and squeeze, as you stir, press the cranberries against the sides or the bottom of the dish.
- Stir in the rest of the sugar, to taste, for me that tends to mean stirring in 1 tablespoon then 1 teaspoon at a time. Depending on the cranberries something 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon added at the end will be enough, sometimes I need more like 2 tablespoons. This is going to depend on your taste. Transfer to a 500 ml jar.
- Tip: Not always, but sometimes with frozen cranberries, you may find that it's too liquid at the end, discard the water from the inner pot and dry, tip the cranberry sauce and place on Sauté for a little bit if this happens. But before doing this, bear in mind that cranberry sauce thickens as you "stir and squeeze" and as it cools.
Other recipes you might like:
- How to pressure cook Gammon
- Cranberry-Glazed Gammon
- Instant Pot Duo Crisp Roast Parsnips
- How to pressure cook Brussels Sprouts
- How to pressure cook Red Cabbage
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