Star Anise Cranberry Sauce

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star anise cranberry sauce

Straight cranberry sauce is good stuff but it’s even better with the unmistakable licorice-like anise flavor cooked into it. The recipe couldn’t be any simpler, just simmer fresh cranberries, sugar, water and star anise together until saucy.

I prefer a strong anise flavor so I used two stars for one 12-ounce package of cranberries, if you’d like the anise to be more subtle, go with just one. Serve this sauce with your Thanksgiving dinner, spread it on turkey sandwiches or eat it on baked brie.

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Star Anise Cranberry Sauce

A simple recipe for flavorful star anise cranberry sauce.
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberries, star anise
Servings: 8
Calories: 100kcal
Author: Nicole Branan | The Spice Train


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 package fresh cranberries (12 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 whole star anise for strong anise flavor (1 star for more subtle flavor)


  • Put all ingredients together in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Turn the heat down and simmer until all cranberries have popped open and the sauce has thickened. (About 10 to 15 minutes from start to finish).


Calories: 100kcal

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  1. Jasmin says:

    I have to admit, that each time I came to your blog, I read the food photo and styling section first… It really inspires…
    And if this cranberry sauce is as half good as the photo, it taste really good ;)

  2. Cheryl says:

    Hubba hubba! This is quite possibly the sexiest cranberry sauce I’ve ever seen. Dark and rich and spicy… mmmm. I’m also tempted to leave my main squeeze, a rosemary-infused cranberry with orange, for this siren right here!

  3. Nicole B. says:

    Thank you so much, Sue and Elizabeth! I’m really glad I found the table (in an antique store), it has saved the day several times already. :)

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