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Cranberry Sauce in Instant Pot

Cranberry Sauce Instant Pot by Spice Cravings. Cranberry sauce is a jam like relish made by cooking cranberries with sugar. A popular accompaniment served with Turkey at Thanksgiving & Christmas dinner. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Cranberry sauce is a jam like relish made by cooking cranberries with sugar.  It is probably one of the most popular accompaniment served with Turkey at the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.

Cranberries are small round, seedless berries that grow in shrubs.  If you ask me, they are fairly deceiving in their appearance.  The first time I tasted raw cranberries, I expected them to taste berry like- sweet, juicy, did I say sweet?  But, they ended up being a juicy but tart, seeds-like texture.  I don’t think I ever tasted them raw again.

Cranberry Sauce Instant Pot by Spice Cravings. Cranberry sauce is a jam like relish made by cooking cranberries with sugar. A popular accompaniment served with Turkey at Thanksgiving & Christmas dinner. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty
Cranberry Sauce- our favorite ways to enjoy it

Making cranberry sauce was the obvious next step for me.  And boy, did that change my mind about cranberries!  I love the hint of tartness in the jam-like cranberry sauce.  In my house, I am the only one who likes cranberry sauce with turkey.  My husband and kids aren’t fans of sweet with poultry.  But, they love to pair it with creamy cheeses like brie or goat cheese, over a cracker or toast.  Now I make this year round and it’s a staple on my cheese boards.

Cranberry Sauce Instant Pot by Spice Cravings. Cranberry sauce is a jam like relish made by cooking cranberries with sugar. A popular accompaniment served with Turkey at Thanksgiving & Christmas dinner. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty
I have been making cranberry sauce using this recipe for over a decade now.  The only change I made to it, was adding ‘Agave syrup’ to it during the cooking process.  There is a subtle earthiness that Agave syrup adds to the sauce, which contrasts perfectly with this vibrant berry.  That being said, it is optional.  You can totally add the traditional orange juice or water and it will still taste yum.  You can also add some orange rind, which is another popular combination.  Me, I prefer the traditional cranberry flavors.

I pressure cook the cranberries, in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot Mini 3 Qt (see my Instant Pot FAQ to learn more).  First cook with agave syrup for 1 minute, wait for 7 minutes and release the pressure.  Open the lid, add sugar and sauté for 2-3 minutes till it reaches a jam-like consistency.  At this stage, the cranberries have all broken down, but are not mush, which is what makes the texture so great.

Stove Top Recipe

This cranberry sauce can be on the stove-top too.  Simply combine all ingredients in a sauce pan on medium high heat with 1/2 cup water.  Cover till everything comes to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, till the berries are cooked.  Remove lid and cook for another 3-5 minutes till the sauce reaches a jam like consistency.

Cranberry Sauce Instant Pot by Spice Cravings. Cranberry sauce is a jam like relish made by cooking cranberries with sugar. A popular accompaniment served with Turkey at Thanksgiving & Christmas dinner. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

This recipe is so easy and so delicious, I promise you, you won’t buy another can of cranberry sauce again!  It stays good in the refrigerator for a few weeks, so definitely a make-ahead recipe for thanksgiving or big parties.

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2-Ingredient Plum Jam in an Instant Pot

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Cranberry Sauce Instant Pot by Spice Cravings. Cranberry sauce is a jam like relish made by cooking cranberries with sugar. A popular accompaniment served with Turkey at Thanksgiving & Christmas dinner. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty
Cranberry Sauce in Instant Pot
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
12 mins
 

Cranberry sauce is a jam like relish made by cooking cranberries with sugar. A popular accompaniment served with Turkey at Thanksgiving & Christmas dinner.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 14 oz
Calories: 50 kcal
Author: Spice Cravings
Ingredients
  • 12 oz. fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup or honey or orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Zest of 1 medium orange optional
  • 1/2 cup sugar
Instructions
  1. Turn On Instant Pot. Pout water followed by agave syrup. Pouring water will prevent the syrup from sticking to the bottom and burning.
  2. Add cranberries and salt. Stir and close lid. Press Manual for 1 minute on Sealing mode. Let the pressure release naturally (NPR) for 7 minutes. Turn the value to Venting position and release all pressure. Open lid.
  3. Turn on Saute mode. Add sugar and stir. Saute for 2-3 minutes till the cranberry sauce reaches warm jam like consistency. Cool for 10 minutes and pour in jars.
Notes
  1. For making this in a stove-top pressure cooker like Prestige or Hawkins- follow all steps and cook on medium high heat for 2 whistles. Turn off heat and let it cool for 7 minutes, after which, release the pressure by7 carefully lifting the weight. Follow the remaining steps in the instructions.

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Recipe Notes

If you are new to the Instant Pot, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.

 

Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Sauce in Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving
Calories 50
% Daily Value*
Sodium 3mg 0%
Potassium 20mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 10g
Vitamin A 0.3%
Vitamin C 3.9%
Calcium 0.2%
Iron 0.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cranberry Orange Cornbread | Instant Pot Cornbread

Instant pot Cornbread, Cranberry Orange Cornbread by Spice Cravings. Instant Pot Cornbread comes out more moist, almost like a sponge cake. This recipe spices it up to make Cranberry Orange Cornbread in an instant pot or oven. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Come November and my countdown to the holidays starts!  The excitement of who’s coming over or where are we going soon turns into, what am I making or taking?     A favorite around the house is instant pot cornbread.

Cranberry Orange Cornbread Instant PotOne thing I love doing around holidays is to try recipes that are quick to make, sure to please, and, can be made ahead of time.  Last weekend, I jazzed up a tried and trusted store-bought cornbread mix from Trader Joe’s, that I have been using for years, and made two variations with it- Pumpkin Spice Cornbread & Cranberry Orange Cornbread, hit a home run with both in my house!

I have made cornbread from scratch many a times and have found this pre-mix from Trader Joe’s taste very similar to that.  So, this is one short-cut that leaves me more time for the zillion other things to do.  From one 15 oz. box of cornbread mix, I can make four mini loaves.  I typically half the mix and make two flavor variations out of it.  If you want to stick to one flavor, simply double up the ingredients in this recipe.

Advantages of Instant Pot Cornbread

Instant pot Cornbread, Cranberry Orange Cornbread by Spice Cravings. Instant Pot Cornbread comes out more moist, almost like a sponge cake. This recipe spices it up to make Cranberry Orange Cornbread in an instant pot or oven. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty I baked, or should I say cooked, this cornbread in my electric pressure cooker, the Instant Pot DUO this time.  This instant pot cornbread was done in about the same time as the oven, was missing the golden crisp top layer that a cornbread typically has.   BUT, it was the most moist cornbread I have ever had!   Seriously, it was delicious- a sponge cake like consistency with the earthiness of the cornmeal.   I am definitely going to be pressure cooking my cornbreads from now on.  To learn more about the instant pot, check out my Instant Pot FAQ and Accessories blog.

Instant pot Cornbread, Cranberry Orange Cornbread by Spice Cravings. Instant Pot Cornbread comes out more moist, almost like a sponge cake. This recipe spices it up to make Cranberry Orange Cornbread in an instant pot or oven. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty This flavor combination of Cranberry Orange Cornmeal was just meant to be. It took me 2 tries to get this right. Adding orange zest to the second batch took this cornbread to another level of flavor-town.  The orange compliments the subtle sweetness in the cornmeal and the cranberries’ tartness provides a nice contrast and balance to the cornbread.  This result in a well balanced, moist and flavorful cornbread,  which smells of orange and cornmeal.    You can enjoy the cranberry orange cornbread as-is or also use it as a great base for stuffing.

Using the same recipe, you can make Cranberry Orange Corn muffins too, this will be a great add for a breakfast or brunch table.  I made this recipe using Mini Loaf Baking Pans. This size just works great for my family and also makes for a perfect size for gifting or adding to your holiday basket.

Oven Recipe for Cranberry Orange Cornbread

These Cranberry Orange Cornbread loaves can be made in the oven too. Simply mix everything as per the directions and bake in a preheated 350F oven for 12-14 minutes. The actual time will depend on your oven. At the 12 minute mark, check for doneness by inserting a toothpick, if it comes out clean, you’re good, else, pop-it back for another minute or two.

Another great variation on cornbread is my Pumpkin Spice Cornbread.

Pumpkin Spice Cornbread in instant pot by Spice Cravings. Earthy & sweet cornbread mix meets creamy & moist homemade pumpkin puree- the result is a soft, moist, delicious Pumpkin Spice Cornbread. Instant pot recipe. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty
Pumpkin Spice Cornbread

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Instant pot Cornbread, Cranberry Orange Cornbread by Spice Cravings. Instant Pot Cornbread comes out more moist, almost like a sponge cake. This recipe spices it up to make Cranberry Orange Cornbread in an instant pot or oven. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty
Cranberry Orange Cornbread in Instant Pot (or Oven)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Making cornbread in an instant pot makes it more moist, almost like a sponge cake.  This recipe spices it up to make Cranberry Orange Cornbread in an instant pot or oven

Course: Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 mini loaves
Calories: 422 kcal
Author: Spice Cravings
Ingredients
Note: These ingredients are for half a box of cornbread mix half of 15oz., which makes two loaves. If you wish to use the whole box (four loaves), simply double up the following ingredients:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 orange zest
  • 7.5 oz. cornbread mix : half of a Trader Joe's Cornbread Mix
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries : can use dried orange cranberries too
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in the microwave, about 20-30 seconds. Add orange juice, sour cream, egg and orange zest. Whisk together. Add cornbread mix and dried cranberries and mix with a spatula.
    Cranberry Orange Cornbread Instant Pot
  2. Grease mini-baking loaf pans with any baking/cooking spray. Divide the better equally between two loaf pans.
  3. Pour 1 cup water in the inner pot of your Instant Pot (I used the Instant Pot 6QT DUO). Place trivet. Place two loaf pans on top. If you're doubling up the recipe, you can stack two more on top as shown in the photo above.

    Instant pot Cornbread, Cranberry Orange Cornbread by Spice Cravings. Instant Pot Cornbread comes out more moist, almost like a sponge cake. This recipe spices it up to make Cranberry Orange Cornbread in an instant pot or oven. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty
  4. Close lid. Set valve to Sealing. Press Manual for 12 minutes. Open lid after natural pressure release. Cool cornbread for 5 -10 minutes before slicing. Enjoy as-is or with honey butter!
Oven recipe
  1. Simply mix all the ingredients as per the directions above and bake in a preheated 350F oven for 12-14 minutes. The actual time will depend on your oven.  At the 12 minute mark, check for doneness by inserting a toothpick.  If it comes out clean, you’re good, else, pop-it back for another minute or two.

Recipe Notes

If you are new to the Instant Pot, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.

 

Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Orange Cornbread in Instant Pot (or Oven)
Amount Per Serving (1 mini loaf)
Calories 422 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 463mg 19%
Potassium 126mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 52g 17%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 22g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 12.1%
Vitamin C 14.3%
Calcium 6%
Iron 8.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.