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.

star anise cranberry sauce

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.

how to make star anise cranberry sauce step by step

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.

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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
  • 2 whole star anise for strong anise flavor (1 star for more subtle flavor)

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.

Nutrition

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

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11 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!

  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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