Pressure Cooker Chinese Ribs


Sweet soy ribs, inspired by the appetizer menu at my local hole-in-the-wall Chinese American restaurant, done in under an hour in my pressure cooker.

What you will need

Author: Mike Vrobel

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Yield: 13 ribs

Category: Weeknight Dinner

Method: Pressure Cooker

Cuisine: Chinese

1 slab St. Louis Cut spareribs, membrane peeled off

1 teaspoon fine sea salt (or 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt)

1 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup water (or more to reach the minimum liquid amount for your pressure cooker)

2 tablespoons Honey

1/4 cup Hoisin Sauce

1/4 cup liquid from the PC pot

Want super-tender ribs? Pressure cook for 45 minutes in an electric PC or 36 minutes in a stovetop PC. I did a slab for that long, and they were falling apart when I tried to lift them out of the cooker. I prefer a little bite to my ribs – or at least that I can grab the bone without them falling apart – but if you want ultra-tender ribs, go longer.

Want traditional “red” Chinese ribs? Add a few drops of red food coloring to the glaze as you whisk it. (Yes, that’s what they do in restaurants.)

This recipe will fit in a 6 quart or larger pressure cooker. I love my 6 quart Instant Pot pressure cooker.


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