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Pressure cooker Korean pork ribs

These spicy Korean pork ribs are irresistible and very easy to prepare in a pressure cooker. Deliciously sticky and finger lickin’ good! See notes for how to cook in your slow cooker.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: Instant Pot Ribs, Korean Ribs
Servings: 4
Calories: 617.13kcal
Author: Lucy Parissi | Supergolden Bakes


  • 1.8 kg | 4 pounds pork spare ribs
  • 1 tbsp gochugaru or 1 tbsp hot chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 1-2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2-3 tbsp rapeseed or peanut oil
  • 250 ml | 1 cup dry cider or ginger beer
  • 2 tbsp gochujang paste or Sriracha
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Asian fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar or palm sugar
  • 4 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tsp lime juice or to taste
  • 1 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch) diluted in 1 tbsp cold water
  • zest of 1 lime to garnish


  • Toss the spare ribs with the chilli flakes, paprika, salt, garlic salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix the gochujang paste, ketchup, soy sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar, minced garlic and ginger.
  • Set the pressure cooker to sauté and add the oil (or cook in a skillet on the stovetop). Sear the spare ribs, in batches, once the oil is hot for 2 minutes per side. Set aside.
  • Use a little cider to deglaze the pot. Scrape any browned bits and then add the marinade and remaining cider. Mix together.
  • Add the ribs, packing them tightly so that they are mostly submerged in the sauce.
  • Cover and cook on high pressure for 30 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 20 mins then release manually.
  • Transfer the ribs to a rimmed baking sheet, meat side up.
  • Add the diluted cornflour to the sauce and set the pressure cooker to ‘sauté’. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce is reduced and sticky.
  • Stir in the lime juice, taste and add more salt, if needed.
  • Meanwhile preheat the grill (broiler). Liberally brush the ribs with the sauce then cook for 2-3 minutes until slightly charred and sizzling.
  • Scatter with lime zest and serve with some extra sauce on the side.


To cook in a slow cooker, sear the ribs first, submerge in the sauce and cook on high for 4-5 hours. Reduce the sauce in a saucepan on the stove and finish cooking under the grill (broiler) as above.
I used a 6L /quart Instant Pot for this recipe.


Calories: 617.13kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.3g | Protein: 58.81g | Fat: 35.13g | Saturated Fat: 7.03g | Cholesterol: 216.45mg | Sodium: 2664.75mg | Potassium: 1089.7mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 7.92g | Vitamin A: 1516.82IU | Vitamin C: 1.62mg | Calcium: 84.26mg | Iron: 3.65mg