Making melt-in-your-mouth tender baby back ribs is so easy in the instant pot. Once you’re done pressure cooking simply finish in the oven or grill with a delicious Asian-flavored glaze resulting in sticky-fall-of-the-bone delicious ribs! This Easy Instant Pot Asian Ribs is one recipe that you’d make over and over again!
Whenever we have people over at our house, I usually cook an Asian-themed menu. That way, I am in my element, familiar with it, and I have a lesser chance of messing things up! Besides, I do love cooking the food I grew up with. I feel like I can do it with love that way. Ha ha. Is that too dramatic?
You can be certain some form of Asian-style ribs would be included in the dinner menu. Our family loves ribs that we have it almost on a regular basis either when I cook it or when we simply order out!
I have often made ribs in the slow cooker. We love that version and everyone seems to agree as it’s one of my most popular recipes on the blog.
Intrigued? You can check out this Asian ribs recipe and judge for yourself. I am certain you’d love it!
However, when time is short and I don’t want to wait 6-7 hours, this Easy Instant Pot Asian Sticky Ribs is our perfect dinner solution.
I’ve made this a few times already because I have wanted to perfect the glaze for it! I wanted it to have that outstanding and unforgettable flavor that you’d long for it immediately after finishing off a rack or two!
IMHO (in my humble [or perhaps not too humble] opinion), I think I’ve nailed the flavor that I love!
I used some gochujang paste – that delicious red chili paste from Korea that I cannot live without! – for some spicy kick! Just a little heat, not too much or highly overwhelming but just enough to give these ribs – a finger-lickin’ deliciousness! So don’t omit it if possible.
It’s so popular nowadays that you may just be able to find it in the Asian section of your grocery and certainly at any Asian store.
Well, I hope I have whet your appetite enough that you’d be trying this soon!
Have no fear it’s so easy to make! Enjoy.
Easy Instant Pot Asian Sticky Ribs
Making melt-in-your-mouth tender baby back ribs is so easy in the instant pot. Once you're done pressure cooking simply finish in the oven or grill with a delicious Asian-flavored glaze! So tasty with fall-of-the-bone ribs that you'd make over and over again!
For the Ribs
- 3 pound rack of baby back ribs, cut in half or divided into 3 parts to fit the instant pot
- salt and pepper, to taste
- ½ cup vinegar
- ½ cup water
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds, for garnish
- 2 tbsp sliced green onions, for garnish
For the Asian Sticky Glaze
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp honey
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup ketchup
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp gochujang (Korean red chili paste)
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
For the Baby Back Ribs
Prepare the meat by removing the membrane from the back of ribs. Liberally season with salt and pepper on both sides of the ribs.
Pour the water and vinegar into the Instant Pot’s inner pot. Place the rack inside the pot and position the ribs like a teepee on top of it.
Secure the lid, ensuring the valve is turned to the sealing position. Use manual setting and adjust the pressure to high then set the timer for 30 minutes. Cook.
Once the timer is over, allow for natural release for about 15 minutes. In the meantime, turn on the oven and preheat to 400 F. You may use the grill instead of the oven, if you wish.
Turn the valve to the venting position to release the pressure. When all the pressure is released, carefully remove the lid.
Using tongs, remove the ribs and place them, meaty side up, on a rack sitting on a rimmed baking sheet. Slather the sauce/glaze on the ribs leaving a few tablespoon to use for brushing/glazing the meat later. Roast in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. I prefer to simply roast the ribs further in the oven for 10 minutes rather than a quicker broil because the ribs come out better and the sugar on the glaze doesn’t burn.
Remove the ribs from the oven, brush with the remaining glaze. Sprinkle all over with the sesame seeds and green onions. Serve immediately.
For the Asian Sticky Glaze
As the oven is preheating make the glaze or sticky sauce. In a small saucepan, combine all the sauce ingredients. Whisk over medium heat and bring to a boil. Adjust heat to low and simmer, stirring, occasionally until the sauce begins to thicken. Set aside.
TIPS & TRICKS
The ribs can go into the Instant Pot with or without the steam rack. These will work either way.
For me, 2 tablespoons of gochujang equal the perfect amount of heat. If you're not sure you want that much heat, begin with 1 tablespoon first, taste the glaze after heating it up then adjust the amount if desired. I personally think that after the glaze is added to the meat then heated in the oven, it doesn't come out as too strong. Follow your tastebuds on this.
I prefer to simply roast the ribs further in the oven for 10 minutes rather than a quicker broil because the ribs come out better and the sugar on the glaze doesn’t burn. Feel free to use the oven broiler or grill, if you prefer that.