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Spiced Cranberry Pot Roast (Pressure Cooker)

  • Author: Jaime Hartman
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


The pressure cooker makes this recipe for spiced cranberry pot roast easy, fast, delicious and extra nutrient dense.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or other cooking fat
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 3-4 pound beef arm roast (see ingredient notes for alternate names)
  • 1/2 cup white wine (optional – or use additional 1/2 cup bone broth)
  • 1 cup whole cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish powder
  • 1 3 inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 large garlic cloves, peeled but left whole
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 cups bone broth, preferably home made


  1. Pat meat dry with paper towels and season generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Press “saute” button on Instant Pot (or if using stovetop pressure cooker, place over medium-high heat) and heat oil until shimmering. Brown roast on all sides, 8-10 minutes total. Remove and set aside.
  3. Pour wine into empty pot and use wooden spoon to scrape up brown bits. Allow to cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly to deglaze the pan.
  4. Add cranberries, water, honey, horseradish powder, cinnamon stick, garlic, and whole cloves. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly, or until cranberries start to burst.
  5. Return meat to pot, nestling it into the cranberries. Add enough bone broth to bring liquid level to nearly, but not completely, cover the meat.
  6. Lock lid in place. Program Instant Pot to cook under high pressure for 75 minutes (if using stovetop pressure cooker, bring to high pressure over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 75 minutes, adjusting heat as needed to maintain high pressure).
  7. Turn Instant Pot off immediately after 75 minutes and let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes (if using stovetop pressure cooker, remove pot from heat and allow pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes). Quick release any remaining pressure.
  8. Transfer meat to serving platter and pour some of the cranberry sauce over top. Reserve the rest of the cooking juice to pass at the table.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: American