Pressure Cooker Spare Ribs with Black Bean Sauce

5 mins prep to make this popular dim sum pressure cooker spare ribs with black bean sauce. Tender, moist, and juicy pork spare ribs is perfect over rice.

5 mins prep to make this popular dim sum – pressure cooker spare ribs with black bean sauce. Tender, juicy, and savory pork spare ribs is perfect over rice. It’s Dim Sum time! 😀

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Sunday was the day I looked forward to the most as a kid because it was the only day I didn’t have school (yes, I had school on Saturdays too in Hong Kong) AND it was Dim Sum day!! You see, the only daily pregnancy cravings my mom had when she had me was Dim Sum. I guess my love for dim sum started even before I was born. hahaha~

Besides the well known har gaw shrimp dumplings or siu mai pork dumplings, steamed spare ribs with black bean sauce is one of the most popular dim sums. The worst thing about ordering it is that it only comes in a small plate and everybody loves it! So you’d probably only get to eat 1 piece each time, maybe 2 if you’re quick.

Pressure Cooker Spare Ribs with Black Bean Sauce Recipe

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So, why not make it at home? It’s really easy to make, especially with a pressure cooker. With just 5 mins prep, this dish can be ready in 35 mins. 😀

When people steam spare ribs at home, it’s common for the spare ribs to end up dry and tough. So we were cautious and critical in our timing and ingredients as we experimented this dish with our pressure cooker. We’ve tried it many times, and we’re quite satisfied with how tender, moist, and juicy the spare ribs turned out.

Pressure Cooker Spare Ribs with Black Bean Sauce Recipe Ingredients

Special Ingredients For Pressure Cooker Spare Ribs Recipe:

  • Pork spare ribs – if you purchase them in Asian butcher shops, they usually come in cut up pieces. If not, ask your butcher to chop them up in pieces for you.
  • Black Bean Sauce – this is a convenient substitute if you can’t get your hands on the Chinese fermented black beans Douchi 豆豉 or if you don’t want to make your own black bean sauce from scratch.
  • Sesame oil
  • Fish sauce

Tool for Pressure Cooker Spare Ribs with Black Bean Sauce Recipe:

5 mins prep to make this popular dim sum pressure cooker spare ribs with black bean sauce. Tender, moist, and juicy pork spare ribs is perfect over rice.

Pressure Cooker Spare Ribs with Black Bean Sauce Recipe Tips

Never do quick release after cooking with high pressure for this pressure cooker spare ribs. This one time, we wanted to test the difference between quick release and natural release for this dish (more like because we were starving LOL~), and we found the difference was HUGE. The spare ribs from quick release were chewy and dry while those from natural release were very tender and moist. Never QR for this ever again.

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Pressure Cooker Spare Ribs with Black Bean Sauce
 
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5 mins prep to make this popular dim sum pressure cooker spare ribs with black bean sauce. Tender, moist, and juicy pork spare ribs is perfect over rice.
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Recipe type: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Meat, Quick Meals
Cuisine: Chinese
Serving: 2 - 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound pork spare ribs, cut into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 – 2 teaspoon water
  • Green onions as garnish
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce (optional)
Black Bean Marinade
Instructions
  1. Marinate the pork spare ribs with Black Bean Marinade in an oven-safe bowl. Then, sit it in the fridge for 25 minutes.
  2. First, mix 1 tablespoon of oil into the marinated spare ribs. Then, add 1 tablespoon of corn starch and mix well. Finally, add 1 – 2 teaspoon of water into the spare ribs and mix well.
  3. Add 1 cup of water into the pressure cooker. Place steam rack in the pressure cooker. Then, put the bowl of spare ribs on the rack.
  4. Close lid. Pressure cook at high pressure for 15 minutes in an Electric Pressure Cooker, then natural release.
  5. Taste and add one teaspoon of fish sauce and green onions as garish if you like.
  6. Serve immediately.
Notes
The prep time in the recipe does not include inactive time.
5 mins prep to make this popular dim sum pressure cooker spare ribs with black bean sauce. Tender, moist, and juicy pork spare ribs is perfect over rice.

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L.
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L.

Made this yesterday AND again today since the package of ribs made lots. Excellent both times. Thanks so much!

Celyn
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Celyn

Hi,

I doubled the portion and cooking time and it became tough and chewy. How long should I pressure cook it for 2 pounds of spareribs?

Thanks!

Teresa
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Teresa

I’ve made this twice and my kids love it. Used 1.5 lb baby back ribs, pressure cooked for 20 min with natural release. The ribs came out soft and very tasty.

Tom Nakagawa
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Tom Nakagawa

Love your recipes! Made your pot roast many times and will be trying your Spaghetti sauce this weekend. Want to try this recipe. Can I make this with boneless pork? If so, what cut of pork do you recommend? Thank you.

Vickie Palec
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Vickie Palec

I made these the other night for my husband and he kept telling me how good they were. I followed your recipe, except I used 1 Tbsp of rinsed chopped fermented black beans, not realizing I should make a sauce from the beans. Thank you for the great recipe!

DK
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DK

I tried this & it came out perfect! Added potatoes, bell peppers & tofu at the end to soak up all that wonderful sauce. Wondering if you know what the cook time & process would be for frozen spare ribs. I’d like to marinate/freeze a separate batch for weeknight meals. Thanks!!

David
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David

Forgot the 5 star rating!

David
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David

I cooked this tonight. It was excellent. I used 1½ lbs of spare rib tips since I had them packaged that way in the freezer. I used black bean sauce with chili since we like spicy food and I had it in the fridge already. Everything else I did the same until the end. I used the Steak setting in IP but I don’t think it really makes a difference since it is high pressure streaming. After 15 minutes and a full material release, i opened the lid and added 1 medium green pepper got to similar size chunks as… Read more »

Janny Hsu
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Janny Hsu

Hi there!!

Ive cooked many of your recipes and every single one is a hit! With this recipe, I have a lot of leftover cooked marinade/sauce. Any ideas what to do with it? I was thinking a sauce for boiled veggies or a noodle dish.

Thank you for your awesome recipe writing skills and photos. You’ve made pressure cooking so easy!

Janny

P.S. my phone isn’t allowing me to give a 5 star rating. ? but every one of your recipes is 5+ stars!!!

Emil
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Emil

Hi!

I cooked this yesterday and it was great. My only question is, when you cook it is it soft and tender? Coz mine was still pretty tough and it was hard to eat. Other than that, the sauce and the flavor was amazing.

I’m wondering if I should have pressure cooked longer or gotten a different cut? I got pork spare ribs from the asian store.

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