Instant Pot Asian BBQ Ribs

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Easy Instant Pot Asian BBQ Ribs Recipe – delicious rich savory sticky and sweet Asian style ribs cooked right in an instant pot!

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Easy Instant Pot Asian BBQ Sticky Ribs

If you love takeout sticky ribs, these easy ribs are going to be one of your next favorite meals! These delicious instant pot Asian bbq ribs are absolutely perfect!

This dish is inspired by Asian style sticky ribs – with lots of hoisin, ginger, and chili flavor – in a sauce that is salty, sweet, sticky, and totally addictive.

I’m also including notes on how to make this Asian Inspired Ribs recipe low carb and keto diet compatible – so you can enjoy these delicious ribs without extra guilt!

These ribs are sticky, sweet, salty – with notes of BBQ, soy, honey, and chili sauce – it is so delicious!

instant pot with ribs in it and sauces in measuring spoons

How To Prep Ribs For Instant Pot

Ribs are a cut of meat that need to be trimmed well for the best flavor – and so they aren’t chewy and tough.

Ribs come with a silver skin often over the ribs – trimming the most of this tough tendon off the rib will greatly improve the flavor of your oven baked ribs – so don’t skip this step.

Trim Silver Skin off Ribs

  • Run a knife under the silver skin to separate the membrane from the rib meat.
  • If the silver skin resists in one spot, try another.
  • Once you have separated enough with a knife, grab silver skin tightly and pull to remove from the ribs.
  • If silver skin breaks in one spot, loosen it again with a knife to remove it completely.
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Asian Inspired BBQ Rib Sauce

This delicious sauce is loaded with ginger, hoisin, and soy sauce flavors – and can even be made keto!

You can make it sweeter, or more garlicky, slightly sticky or extra sticky, and it is great on all kinds of dishes!

Asian Sticky Rib Sauce Ingredients

  • ½ cup soy sauce (use coconut aminos for keto)
  • 1/3 cup chili sauce (either chili garlic sauce or sweet chili sauce, depending on your taste preference – for keto pick chili garlic sauce)
  • 2 tbsp honey (omit for keto)
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce (pick a keto sauce if watching carbs)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon powdered ginger

How To Make Asian Sticky Rib Sauce

Mix the sauce ingredients into a measuring cup and blend well.

Place the sauce mixture in a small sauce pan and heat on medium until thickened.

ribs with an orange sauce and green onions on them

How To Cook Ribs in Instant Pot

Cooking ribs in an Instant Pot is incredibly easy and quick – making this a dinner that can go from fridge to your dinner table in less than an hour.

There are a couple steps that are important to follow for the best results cooking ribs in your Instant Pot – check my tips below!

Use a Trivet

Placing the ribs up above the water needed to bring your instant pot to pressure is essential – you’re not boiling ribs, you’re cooking them!

Finish With Crisp Lid or in Broiler

Finish with a crisping lid for crunchy ribs!

For a delicious, crunchy BBQ sauce bark, use a crisping lid or broil ribs in oven after baking for 5-10 minutes.

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How Long To Cook Ribs in Instant Pot

  • To Cook Baby Back Ribs In an Instant Pot, cook for 25 Minutes
  • To Cook spare ribs in an Instant Pot, cook for 30 Minutes
    • For high altitude cooking (I’m in Colorado!), cook 5 minutes longer.
  • Technically, ribs are overcooked when they are “fall off the bone” tender, even though that is popular (I’ll admit, I love fall off the bone ribs).
  • To get extra tender ribs, cook an extra five minutes.
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What to Serve With Asian Sticky Ribs

Steamed Jasmine Rice: The subtle fragrance and light texture of jasmine rice provide a perfect canvas for the bold flavors of the ribs.

Cucumber Salad: A refreshing cucumber salad, dressed in rice vinegar and a hint of sugar, can cut through the richness of the ribs with its crispness and acidity.

Sauteed Bok Choy: Tender sautéed bok choy, with a hint of garlic, adds a nutritious and flavorful green side that pairs well with the meaty ribs.

Pickled Vegetables: Pickled radishes or carrots offer a tangy contrast to the sweet and savory ribs, adding a bright crunch to your meal.

Cold Noodle Salad: A cold noodle salad, dressed in a sesame or peanut sauce, provides a chewy texture and nutty flavor that complements the sticky ribs wonderfully.

Grilled Corn with Miso Butter: Corn on the cob, brushed with miso butter, brings a smoky sweetness and umami depth that matches the ribs’ complex flavors. Try Asian miso dressing!

Sweet Potato Fries: Baked or air-fried sweet potato fries, seasoned lightly with salt, make a slightly sweet and crispy side that’s delicious with the sticky ribs.

Asian Slaw: An Asian slaw, made with cabbage, carrots, and a hint of ginger in the dressing, adds a crunchy, vibrant side that balances the meal. Try this coleslaw recipe!

Steamed Dumplings: Offering steamed dumplings filled with vegetables or shrimp as a side can introduce a soft, doughy texture that soaks up the ribs’ sauce beautifully.

Edamame: Salted or spiced edamame pods provide a simple, healthy snack or side that’s fun to eat and pairs nicely with the flavors of Asian cuisine.

If you’re looking for a great side dish for these easy ribs, please check out some of my favorites below:

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Instant Pot Asian BBQ Ribs

Our family's favorite Easy Instant Pot Asian BBQ Ribs Recipe – delicious rich savory sticky and sweet Asian style ribs cooked right in an instant pot!
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine instant pot
Keyword asian sticky ribs recipe, instant pot asian ribs recipe, instant pot ribs recipe, keto, main dish, paleo, pork
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Release Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 172kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 rack of pork baby back ribs 2 ½- 3 lbs

For the Sauce:

  • ½ cup soy sauce or coconut aminos for keto
  • cup chili sauce*
  • 2 tbsp honey omit for keto
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce pick a keto sauce if watching carbs
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Sesame seeds parsley and/or scallions to garnish

Instructions

  • Place the metal trivet in the bottom of the instant pot (that comes with it)
  • Pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of the instant pot
  • Place the rack of ribs in a semicircle on top of the trivet with the meaty side on the outside.
  • Place the lid on the instant pot and seal the top and turn the dial to pressurize.
  • Set the instant pot to Manual High Pressure for 25 minutes.
  • After the timer goes off, let the instant pot natural release for 10 minutes.
  • Mix the sauce ingredients into a measuring cup and blend well.
  • Place the sauce mixture in a small sauce pan and heat on medium until thickened.
  • Preheat the broiler on oven to high
  • Release any remaining pressure carefully with a towel.
  • Remove lid and gently remove the ribs and place on a baking sheet (you can line the baking sheet with foil for easier cleanup)
  • Brush the thickened sauce onto the ribs and place under the boiler about 6 inches from the coils.
  • Broil for 5-10 minutes or until the sauce starts to caramelize and brown.
  • Remove from oven and garnish with sesame seeds, scallions and parsley if desired. 

Notes

*either chili garlic sauce or sweet chili sauce, depending on your taste preference – for keto pick chili garlic sauce

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 1565mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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