Easy Instant Pot Asian BBQ Sticky Ribs Recipe

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

Instant pot sticky ribs and sauce on white platter picture

This post was originally posted at Sweet C’s and is republished with permission. Courtney primarily shares amazing things at Sweet C’s Designs and occasionally contributes to JugglingNormal.

If you love takeout sticky ribs, these easy ribs are going to be one of your next favorite meals!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Instant Pot Asian BBQ Ribs Recipe

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sticky asian ribs on white platter in front of instant pot picture
Yield: 6

Instant Pot Asian Sticky Ribs

Instant Pot Asian Ribs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Release Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 rack of pork baby back ribs (approx 2 ½- 3 lbs)
  • For the Sauce:
  • ½ cup soy sauce (or 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
  • ½ teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Sesame seeds, parsley and/or scallions to garnish

Instructions

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