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Asian Sticky Ribs Instant Pot Recipe - Tender Baby Back Ribs

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Whip up this baby back rib recipe that is loaded with Asian Flavor. Instant Pot ribs are then finished off in the oven for a sticky glaze. This pork ribs recipe is loaded with flavor.

If you have not made pork ribs in Instant Pot, you are missing out. Fall off the bone tender ribs that are seasoned with sticky bbq seasoning for an Asian flare.

Make these Instant Pot beef ribs or pork ribs, both types of meat work great for this exact recipe for sticky ribs.

sticky ribs on white platter

Why Will You Love This Sticky Rib Recipe

  • Tender ribs
  • Flavorful
  • Sticky ribs
  • Dry rub homemade spice
  • Homemade sticky sauce glaze
  • Fall apart ribs that are finger-licking good
  • Pressure cooked to perfection

Ingredients Needed For Instant Pot Sticky Ribs

  • Salt & Pepper
  • Baby Back Ribs
  • Chinese 5 Spice
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Ginger
  • Garlic Chili Sauce
  • Tamari or coconut aminos
  • Honey
  • Water
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Cornstarch
  • Green Onions (optional)

Supplies Used to Make Baby Back Sticky Ribs

How to Make Instant Pot Ribs

Start by mixing up your dry spices in a bowl. This is what you will use to rub all over your ribs. Whisk your wet sauce ingredients in a bowl and then set aside.

Toss your ribs in the dry ingredients, to coat them fully. Stack in the Instant Pot and then pour the liquid over the ribs.

Place the lid on your pressure cooker and make sure the valve is set to sealing. Pressure cook as directed in the recipe card that is below.

Once done, naturally release for 10 minutes, and remove the lids.

Then turn the saute feature on saute, and then bring to a boil, and stir in the cornstarch slurry.

Glaze the top of ribs and then broil in the oven until sticky. Remove and serve!

baby back ribs on white platter in front of Instant Pot

What To Serve With Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs?

Serve your instant pot baby back ribs with a side of Instant Pot white rice (or fried rice!), quinoa, cauliflower rice, mashed potatoes, potato salad, etc.

Even a cucumber and onion salad would be a delicious pairing. Feel free to reach for any or all your favorite sides.

Can You Cook Frozen Ribs in Instant Pot?

The beauty of the Instant Pot is you can use frozen meat in the pressure cooker. Frozen ribs in the Instant Pot will take longer for the pressure cooker to come to pressure.

But the cooking time will stay the same. Or if you are concerned they won't fully cook you could add 2-3 extra minutes to the timing.

Tips For Making BBQ Ribs

  • Make sure to cut and prep your ribs by removing the membrane and such off the raw ribs.
  • Season your ribs evenly for an even layer of flavor.
  • Make sure to cook down your sauce to make a thick glaze or it won't be sticky.
  • Broiling in the oven helps to give these the perfect texture. If you own an air fryer or Duo crisp you can use that in replace of baking.

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Yield: Serves 6

Instant Pot Asian Sticky Ribs

sticky ribs on white platter with chopped green onions on top

Asian Sticky Wings is a delicious pork baby back ribs recipe that is completed with a sticky sauce. After the pressure cooking time, the ribs are finished under a broiler. If you have an air fryer lid to your pressure cooker, you can use this as well.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Pressurizing & Pressure Release Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Instructions

    1. Combine the dry rub ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
    2. Whisk the sauce ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
    3. Place the ribs in a large bowl and sprinkle the dry rub on top. Toss to combine and rub the seasoning into the ribs until they are coated on all sides.
    4. Place the seasoned ribs in the Instant Pot without stacking and pour the sauce on top. Lock the lid into place and flip the pressure valve to “Sealing.” Set the “Manual” setting to “High” and adjust cook time to 25 minutes.
    5. While the ribs are cooking, line a large, rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Set aside.
    6. When cook time is complete, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then do a quick release for any remaining pressure. Once the pin drops, carefully remove the lid and transfer the ribs to the prepared baking sheet. Set aside.
    7. Place the top oven rack a few inches below the broiler and pre-heat the broiler to “high.”
    8. Add the cornstarch and an equal amount of the hot liquid from the Instant Pot to a small bowl and stir to combine.
    9. Select the “Sauté’ function on the highest setting and bring the sauce to a boil while stirring frequently. Add a little of the cornstarch slurry at a time to the sauce until thickened, approximately 1-2 minutes.
    10. Turn the Instant Pot off. Transfer the sauce to a bowl and brush over the ribs on both sides. Place the baking sheet under the broiler for 2-3 minutes before turning. Repeat on the remaining side until nicely browned.
    11. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and brush more sauce on the ribs, then sprinkle with sliced green onions and sesame seeds. Serve immediately with the remaining sauce on the side.

Notes

  • If you can’t find baby back ribs that are already sliced, pick up a slab instead. Just be sure to remove the thin membrane from the back before slicing.
  • The garlic chili sauce used in this recipe is available in most grocery stores or online. It is spicy (and the spiciness becomes more pronounced with time) so start with one teaspoon and add more, if desired.

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