Cranberry Sauce with Star Anise

Cranberry Sauce with Star Anise

5 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2012

This cranberry sauce recipe is scented with star anise, which has a dynamic flavor—earthy, spicy and sweet at the same time.

Ingredients 16 servings

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  • 10 whole star anise (see Tip)
  • 2 12-ounce bags cranberries, fresh or frozen (thawed)
  • 1⅓ cups sugar
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • ⅔ cup orange juice, preferably fresh-squeezed


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  1. Place star anise in cheesecloth and tie into a bundle with a piece of kitchen string. Combine cranberries, sugar, water, orange zest and juice in a medium saucepan. Add the star anise bundle and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries have burst, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove star anise before serving. Serve warm or chilled.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Equipment: Cheesecloth, kitchen string
  • Tip: Look for the star-shaped anise pods in the bulk-spice sections of natural-foods stores, in Asian markets or online at

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ¼ cup
  • Per serving: 89 calories; 0 g fat(0 g sat); 2 g fiber; 23 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 4 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 19 g sugars; 17 g added sugars; 47 IU vitamin A; 11 mg vitamin C; 5 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 1 mg sodium; 58 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: ½ fruit, 1 other carbohydrate

Reviews 5

January 05, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
I used a 1/4 teaspoon of cloves as another recipe suggested because I didn't have star anise. It may sound a little odd, but the leftovers make a pretty good stand in for jelly on PBJ sandwiches. Pros: Quick, easy, and delicious
November 28, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Very nice change I made this for thanksgiving and it was a hit. I used all 10 star anise. I cut the sugar a bit and substitutes orange juice as I did not have the concentrate. I will make this again. The anise flavor was very nice. Pros: Simple, tasty
November 19, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Good flavor but needs more sugar I used about half the amount of star anise as I was concerned the flavor would be overpowering. Really nice and fresh tasting but a little too needs at least another half cup of sugar.
November 16, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Wonderfully delicious! It is tough for me not to eat the whole bowl! I love orange and cranberry together. Great dish! Thank you!
November 15, 2012
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By: Cathlete
Really delicious! Tough for me not to eat the whole bowl!! I especially love the cranberry/orange combo. Thank you!
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