Instant Pot Hoisin Ribs are cooked in a pressure cooker and glazed with hoisin sauce. Tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs are ready on your table in under an hour!
Guys, if you have an Instant Pot pressure cooker and you haven’t tried making ribs in it, you are missing out.
Making Instant Pot pork ribs with hoisin sauce is easy. I use ready-made sauce and add some more ingredients to it. This sauce goes also well with wings (I have a recipe for Hoisin Chicken Wings on the blog. The sauce is slightly different but definitely worth giving a try).
How long do you cook ribs in a pressure cooker?
It only takes 25 minutes to pressure cook these Instant Pot hoisin ribs. Now I used baby back pork ribs as that is the only type of ribs I get in my local store so I am not sure if the time would be different for spare ribs.
Which is better spare ribs or baby back ribs?
Well, I guess it depends on your personal preference. Apparently, the spare ribs are meatier but baby back ribs are more tender.
I think this article: the difference between baby back ribs and spare ribs explains what they are pretty well, in case you were interested to know more.
How to make pork ribs in Instant Pot
First you make the dry rub for ribs. To make it just combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Rub this all over the ribs – on both sides.
Now add 1½ cup of water in to the inner pot of your pressure cooker. Place the steam rack inside and put the ribs in.
I coat the ribs lightly with the hoisin sauce at this stage. For the sauce you mix together ketchup, hoisin sauce and soy sauce. Pour half of the sauce into a sauce pan and set aside.
Brush the remaining sauce over the ribs. Close the lid and lock it in its position. Don’t forget to turn the steam release valve to SEALING position. Set the time to 25 minutes (pressure cooking).
You don’t need to do anything for at least 30 minutes. Instant Pot hoisin ribs will be almost ready, when you hear that the pot finished its cooking cycle. Then wait 10 minutes before manually releasing the pressure.
At this stage you can heat up the other half of the hoisin sauce. Cook it for about 5 minutes to reduce the acidity. If you feel that it’s too thick, add about 2 tablespoons of water.
Take the ribs out and place them onto a large chopping board. Pour the sauce over and cut the rack into bite size pieces.
Tips for making Instant Pot hoisin ribs
If you want your ribs crispy on the outside you can place them on the grill (or under a broiler) until they look to your liking. I sometimes use small electric panini grill maker. It’s quick and easy to use and gives good results. When using the panini grill maker, wait until you take the ribs out to pour the hoisin sauce over.
Soy sauce can be substituted with Worcestershire sauce.
I made a simple dry rub for these hoisin baby back ribs. It works perfectly here. If you prefer using your favorite dry rub recipe, then go ahead and do so. This rub should be enough even for a slightly larger rack.
I have a good collection of tried and tested Easy Instant Pot Recipes. If you are looking for some easy dinner ideas, I recommend having a look at them. One of my absolute favorites is Instant Pot Chicken Paprikash.
Instant Pot Hoisin Ribs
- 2 pounds Baby Back Ribs (1 kg)
- ½ cup Ketchup
- ½ cup Hoisin Sauce (110 grams)
- 1 tablespoon Low Salt Soy Sauce
- 1½ cup Water (360 ml)
- In a small bowl, combine all the dry rub ingredients. Rub this over the ribs (both sides).
- Pour 1½ cup of water into the inner pot of Instant Pot. Insert the steam rack and place the ribs onto it.
- Hoisin sauce: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Pour half of the sauce into a sauce pan and set it aside.
- Brush the remaining sauce over the ribs. When done, cover the pot with lid and lock it in its place. Turn the steam valve to SEALING. Press MANUAL (pressure cooking) and adjust the time to 25 minutes.
- When the time is up, wait 10 minutes before releasing the pressure manually.
- Heat up the hoisin sauce that you have previously set aside. Simmer it for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Option 1: Pour the sauce over the cooked ribs, cut them and serve.
Option 2: For crispy ribs you can place them on a grill or under a broiler. I like using small electric panini grill maker. It’s a quick way to get the crispy look. For oven and broiler you can pour the sauce over the ribs before putting them in. For the panini maker pour the sauce over after you take them out.
- This recipe was developed for a 6-quart/6-liter instant pot electric pressure cooker.
- The overall time does not include time needed for the pot to come to its pressure (about 10 minutes) and time needed to release its pressure (another 10 minutes).
- Soy sauce can be substituted with Worcestershire sauce.
- Paprika - I used regular (sweet) paprika but you can also use smoked one.
- This recipe can be easily doubled.