Pressure Cooker Asian Sticky Ribs Recipe

by Valerie Gray, From Val's Kitchen

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Pressure Cooker Asian Sticky Ribs are as good as take out and so easy to make! These tender, juicy ribs can be prepared in under an hour.

Pressure Cooker Asian Sticky Ribs Recipe

Since he was young, my oldest son would ask for sticky ribs when we ordered Chinese takeout. I had no idea all those years ago that Asian sticky ribs could easily be made at home. These ribs are tender and flavorful, and the meat falls off the bone. This recipe makes for a great meal anytime, and will save you the expense of ordering them from takeout. Here’s how to make them.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Active cook time: 25 minutes (+ time to come to pressure)
Natural release: 10 minutes
Broil time: 5-6 minutes
Serves: 4-6

What do I need to make Pressure Cooker Asian Sticky Ribs?

Equipment Needed

Ingredients

Ingredient Notes

If you can’t find baby back ribs that are already sliced, you can pick up a slab instead. Be sure to remove the thin “silver” membrane from the back before slicing. This membrane will prevent flavoring from fully penetrating the meat because it is tough.

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 by adding only one teaspoon and then add more, if desired.

Dry Rub Ingredients

  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp Chinese 5 Spice blend
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder

Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, finely minced
  • 1-2 tsp sugar free garlic chili sauce
  • ¼ cup tamari or coconut aminos
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp salt

Rib Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. baby back ribs, sliced
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 large green onions, sliced, green parts only
  • 1 tbsp white sesame seeds
Pressure Cooker Asian Sticky Ribs Recipe

Instructions for Making Pressure Cooker Asian Sticky Ribs

Plug in the electric pressure cooker.

Place the dry rub ingredients together in a small bowl, then combine and set it aside.

Place the sauce ingredients in a medium sized bowl, then whisk them together and set it aside.

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.

Place the seasoned ribs in the pressure cooker without stacking them.

Pour the sauce on top of the ribs.

Pressure Cooker Asian Sticky Ribs Recipe

Lock the lid into place and flip the pressure valve to seal.

Set the pressure cooker to cook on manual high pressure for 25 minutes.

While the ribs are cooking, line a large, rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set it aside.

Once the cooking time has ended, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then do a quick release and remove the lid.

Transfer the ribs to the prepared baking sheet and set aside.

Place the top oven rack a few inches below the broiler and preheat the broiler to high.

Add the cornstarch and an equal amount of hot liquid from the pot of the pressure cooker to a small bowl and stir to combine.

Select the saute setting on the pressure cooker.

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.

Turn the pressure cooker 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 the ribs are nicely browned.  

Pressure Cooker Asian Sticky Ribs Recipe

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and place on a cooling rack.

Brush more sauce on the ribs, then sprinkle with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.

Plate immediately with remaining sauce on the side.

Serve and enjoy!

Pressure Cooker Asian Sticky Ribs Recipe

Common Questions

What should I serve with Asian Sticky Ribs?

These ribs pair really well with rice. Either steamed white rice or pork fried rice work especially well.

Yield: 4-6 servings

Pressure Cooker Asian Sticky Ribs

Pressure Cooker Asian Sticky Ribs

Ingredients

  • Dry Rub Ingredients
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp Chinese 5 Spice blend
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • Sauce Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, finely minced
  • 1-2 tsp sugar free garlic chili sauce
  • ¼ cup tamari or coconut aminos
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Rib Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. baby back ribs, sliced
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 large green onions, sliced, green parts only
  • 1 tbsp white sesame seeds

Instructions

Plug in the electric pressure cooker.

Place the dry rub ingredients together in a small bowl, then combine and set it aside.

Place the sauce ingredients in a medium sized bowl, then whisk them together and set it aside.

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.

Place the seasoned ribs in the pressure cooker without stacking them.

Pour the sauce on top of the ribs

Lock the lid into place and flip the pressure valve to seal.

Set the pressure cooker to cook on manual high pressure for 25 minutes.

While the ribs are cooking, line a large, rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set it aside.

Once the cooking time has ended, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then do a quick release and remove the lid.

Transfer the ribs to the prepared baking sheet and set aside.

Place the top oven rack a few inches below the broiler and preheat the broiler to high.

Add the cornstarch and an equal amount of hot liquid from the pot of the pressure cooker to a small bowl and stir to combine.

Select the saute setting on the pressure cooker.

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.

Turn the pressure cooker 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 the ribs are nicely browned. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and place on a cooling rack.

Brush more sauce on the ribs, then sprinkle with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.

Plate immediately with remaining sauce on the side.

Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 580Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 1625mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 2gSugar: 33gProtein: 34g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. Your serving size and ingredients may differ.

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9 comments

Charla February 16, 2021 - 11:52 am

My sister in law is the ribs queen, she is going to loveeee this recipe. Thank you so much!

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Jess February 16, 2021 - 12:45 pm

I love that I can enjoy sticky ribs that taste like my favorite take-out but in the comfort of my own home!

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Bintu | Budget Delicious February 16, 2021 - 1:44 pm

Oh my, these sound so sticky and delicious! I love ribs and would eat them all the time if I could!

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Shashi February 16, 2021 - 2:45 pm

I’m not a beef eater but goodness, you are making me wish I was! Your ribs look so juicy – so flavor-packed! Wow-what a fantastic recipe!

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Dannii February 16, 2021 - 2:45 pm

I never would have thought to do ribs in the pressure cooker. These look amazing, and perfectly cooked.

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Rachna February 16, 2021 - 3:13 pm

These look absolutely glossy and gorgeous. I love that you make them in the pressure cooker. So handy. Thank you for sharing.

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Jacque H. February 16, 2021 - 3:16 pm

I can’t wait to give these a try in my new instant pot. I love the flavor and always order Asian ribs when I come across them.

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Claudia Lamascolo February 16, 2021 - 3:31 pm

Wow pressure cooker ribs? I have a slab in the fridge I just bought this may be dinner tonight!

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Maria February 16, 2021 - 3:47 pm

I love sticky ribs! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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