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Cranberry Sauce with Star Anise & Port

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields about 2-1/2 cups.



  • 1/2 cup ruby port
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 whole star anise
  • Pinch salt
  • 12 oz. fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 tsp. finely grated orange zest

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size per 1/4 cup
  • Calories (kcal) : 90
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 0
  • Fat (g): 0
  • Saturated Fat (g): 0
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 15
  • Carbohydrates (g): 21
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 1


  • In a medium saucepan, combine the port, sugar, star anise, salt, and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. As soon as the mixture reaches a boil, remove it from the heat, cover, and let stand for 20 minutes to infuse the star anise into the liquid. Meanwhile, pick through the cranberries for stems, rinse them well in a colander, and let drain.
  • Return the liquid to a boil over medium-high heat and add the cranberries. When the mixture again returns to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer and cook, occasionally stirring gently, until most of the berries have popped open and the sauce has thickened slightly, 8 to 10 minutes. Discard the star anise. Stir in the orange zest and let the sauce cool to room temperature. If not using the same day, refridgerate for up to a week (return the sauce to room temperature before serving).


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Reviews (4 reviews)

  • claudo | 12/18/2017

    This is our favorite cranberry sauce of all time. I make it every year. Even my daughter-in-law who doesn't like star anise loves this recipe. I make it exactly as it states. Five stars to you

  • emmiejane | 11/19/2017

    This has also been our family cranberry sauce for year, and I must agree that it is easy and delicious. My husband won't have Thanksgiving without it.

  • hhandy | 11/03/2017

    My family has been making this as our Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce for years, it's become one of the must-have dishes for dinner. So simple and so delicious!

  • JBoers | 06/20/2010

    Love this recipe. Have made it many times. It is great with turkey, pork, chicken or ON ICECREAM

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