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

Lia Huber
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2012




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  • 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 Facts

90 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 23.1g; dietary fiber 2g; sugars 19.4g; fat 0.1g; vitamin a iu 47.2IU; vitamin c 11.2mg; folate 3.6mcg; calcium 5.4mg; iron 0.1mg; magnesium 3.8mg; potassium 57.8mg; sodium 1.4mg; added sugar 17g.

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  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 3 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Really delicious! Tough for me not to eat the whole bowl!! I especially love the cranberry/orange combo. Thank you! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Wonderfully delicious! It is tough for me not to eat the whole bowl! I love orange and cranberry together. Great dish! Thank you! Read More