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Instant Pot Honey Garlic Ribs

Learn how to cook Finger-Licking Instant Pot Honey Garlic Ribs (Pressure Cooker Honey Garlic Ribs)! You'll love these Sticky Chinese Honey Garlic Ribs made with few pantry ingredients. Tender juicy baby back ribs glazed with tasty caramelized sweet-savory sauce.
Servings 4
Marinating Time 2 hrs
Total Time 1 hr




  • Marinate Baby Back Ribs: Mix ¼ tsp (2g) fine salt, ¼ tsp (1.25ml) sesame oil, 1 tsp (3.2g) garlic powder, 1 tbsp (15ml) regular soy sauce, and 1 tbsp (15ml) Shaoxing wine in a large Ziploc bag or Instant Pot.
    Add in 1 rack of baby back ribs, then marinate for at least 30 minutes in the fridge.
    *Optimal Marinating Time: 1 - 2 hours
  • Make Honey Garlic Sauce: While the ribs are marinating, heat up the Instant Pot using “Saute Normal” function. When the indicator says “HOT” (~8 minutes), add 2 tbsp (30ml) peanut oil or olive oil to the Instant Pot.
    Add in minced garlic, then saute for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Pour in 2 tbsp (30ml) regular soy sauce, a pinch of ground black pepper, ¼ cup (63ml) honey, and ½ tsp (2.5ml) dark soy sauce. Stir to reduce & thicken the sauce a bit for 2 - 3 minutes.
    *Pro Tip: You may need an extra tbsp of regular soy sauce depending on how salty is your soy sauce.
    Set aside the honey garlic sauce in a container, then let it cool.
  • Pressure Cook Baby Back Ribs: Place 1 cup (250ml) of cold water and trivet in Instant Pot. Place the marinated ribs on the trivet.
    Close lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing position. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 16 minutes (Tender with a bit of chew) to 25 minutes (Fall off the bone) + 10 minutes Natural Release. Open the lid carefully.
  • Apply Sauce & Broil in Oven/Air Fryer: Set the ribs on an oven tray, then generously apply the honey garlic sauce over the ribs on all sides.
    *Pro Tip: It's best to broil the ribs before cutting it into serving size.
    *Note: You can use an oven, Instant Pot Duo Crisp’s "Air Fry" function or Air Fryer Lid for this step.
    Option 1 - Oven: Place the Ribs on an oven tray under the "Broil" function (or the highest temperature setting) for a few minutes until the honey garlic sauce is caramelized.
    Option 2 - Air Fryer Lid: Place the air fryer basket with the tray on the middle rack in Instant Pot. Layer the ribs on the air fryer tray. Place the air fryer lid on the Instant Pot. Press the "Broil" button, set the Temperature to 400°F and Cooking Time to 15 minutes. Air fry the second batch of ribs.
    *Pro Tip: It takes ~8 - 11 minutes + preheat time. You can open the lid to check the progress.
  • Serve: Chop up ribs to serving sizes. We recommend brushing a bit more honey or maple syrup on the ribs before serving. Serve & enjoy these finger-licking sticky honey garlic ribs~ :)



Honey & Regular Soy Sauce - There are numerous types, varieties, and brands of honey & regular soy sauce. They vary in quality & flavors. So make sure to taste & adjust the amounts accordingly.
Shaoxing Wine - If you don't have Shaoxing wine, you can substitute it with cold water.
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Author: Amy + Jacky
Calories: 357kcal


Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 935mg | Potassium: 317mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg