Star Anise Cranberry Sauce

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This star anise cranberry sauce is a new twist on the traditional Thanksgiving classic. The unmistakable licorice-like anise flavor works great in the sweet, sour and fruity sauce and the recipe couldn’t be any simpler to make: just simmer fresh cranberries, sugar, water and star anise together until saucy.

A small jar of cranberry sauce with a star anise lying next to it.

This post was originally published on Nov. 10, 2014.

This star anise cranberry sauce goes well with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner but you can also eat it on baked brie or spread it on a turkey sandwich (for a great turkey sandwich recipe, check out this post: leftover Thanksgiving turkey cranberry grilled sandwich).

How to make star anise cranberry sauce:

Add 12 ounces fresh cranberries3/4 cup granulated sugar2 whole star anise and 1 cup water to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer, uncovered, until all the cranberries have popped open and the sauce has thickened.

RECIPE NOTES: If you prefer a strong anise flavor, use two star anise for one 12-ounce package of cranberries. If you’d like the anise to be more subtle, go with just one.

All ingredients needed to make star anise cranberry sauce.

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A small jar of cranberry sauce with a star anise lying next to it.
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Star Anise Cranberry Sauce

This star anise cranberry sauce is a new twist on the traditional Thanksgiving classic. The unmistakable licorice-like anise flavor works great in the sweet, sour and fruity sauce and the recipe couldn't be any simpler to make: just simmer fresh cranberries, sugar, water and star anise together until saucy.
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry sauce, star anise cranberry sauce
Servings: 8
Calories: 100kcal

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 package fresh cranberries (12 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 or 2 whole star anise*

Instructions:

  • Put all ingredients together in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Turn the heat down and simmer, uncovered, until all cranberries have popped open and the sauce has thickened. (About 15 to 20 minutes from start to finish).
  • Let cool, remove the star anise, transfer the sauce into a glass container and store in the fridge.

Notes:

*If you prefer a strong anise flavor, use two star anise for one 12-ounce package of cranberries. If you’d like the anise to be more subtle, go with just one.

Nutrition

Calories: 100kcal | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 20.3g | Calcium: 10mg

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A small jar of cranberry sauce with a star anise lying next to it.

10 comments

  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!

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