An overhead shot of a glass bowl of Instant Pot cranberry sauce with a black metal spoon and linen cloth.

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

Easy with just four ingredients, this Instant Pot cranberry sauce has much less added sugar compared to traditional cranberry sauce with the addition of unsweetened applesauce!

free from: wheat/ gluten, dairy, soy, egg, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts

Course Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 56 kcal
Author Lindsey Janeiro, RDN, LDN


  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


  1. Wash cranberries and remove any stems or bad berries. Place cranberries and water in the Instant Pot. Lock and set the Instant Pot lid.

  2. Set the Instant Pot to manual high pressure for 5 minutes. Once cycle is complete, allow for a 10-15 minute natural release of pressure.

  3. Remove lid. Stir in applesauce and brown sugar until sugar is dissolved.

  4. Transfer to a serving dish or storage container and let cool before serving. The cranberry sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.

Recipe Notes

One serving is a 1/4 cup.

See blog post for stove top method and information on refrigerator and freezer storage and how long it will last.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 56 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 5mg0%
Potassium 51mg1%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 23IU0%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.