Delicious and easy one-pot Chinese-style black bean spare ribs rice can be made with a pressure cooker, rice cooker, or on the stove. All cooks in one pot regardless of which method you choose.
EASY CHINESE BLACK BEAN SPARE RIBS
This dish is inspired by the Pressure Cooker Dim Sum Pork Ribs with Black Beans, which is one of my favorite dim sum dishes that we order every time. The spare ribs are marinated in aromatics like ginger, garlic, and Asian seasonings and then cooked with the rice.
Whether you choose pressure cooker, rice cooker, or steaming on the stove, this dish is really easy and cook in one pot. My kiddos LOVE this black bean spare ribs rice.
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FERMENTED BLACK BEANS
This recipe calls for fermented black beans (Chinese Douchi) or what we call “tau si” in Hokkien. They are also known as salted black beans or Chinese fermented black beans. The process of fermentation and salting the black beans are how douchi is made. They are extremely salty, pungent, and usually added to Chinese cooking to kick things up a notch! Using the right amount on the right dish will really elevate the dish to the next level.
WHAT KIND OF PORK RIBS TO USE
This recipe uses spare ribs, but you can use baby back ribs if you want. The dim sum place usually also uses spare ribs. Spare ribs are cheaper compared to baby back ribs. They are meatier and fattier, which means the latter part contribute to more flavor. BUT, either one you use, you will still get a great dish in the end. Just make sure you have the butcher cut the ribs into smaller pieces.
OTHER MEAT YOU CAN USE
If you don’t want to use pork, you can definitely use bone-in chicken pieces, cut into smaller pieces, or boneless chicken meat
HOW TO MAKE BLACK BEAN SPARE RIBS IN INSTANT POT PRESSURE COOKER
1. Make sure the ribs are cut into smaller pieces. Your butcher can do this for you
Marinate the pork in seasonings for at least 30 minutes. I like to do it overnight
3. Add the marinated ribs and the marinade ingredients to the inner pot of Instant Pot
4. Add the liquid
5. Sprinkle in the rice
The rice is added later after the pork ribs to prevent triggering the “burn” alarm on the instant pot. Any starches that get caught at the bottom of the pot will trigger that. So layering the rice after the pork works wonderfully.
6. Gently push the rice into the liquid so the rice will cook evenly
7. Set timer to 12 minutes and wait for 5 minutes before releasing pressure
HOW TO MAKE BLACK BEAN SPARE RIBS IN RICE COOKER
Follow steps 1 and 2 above to marinade the ribs
1. Add the rice and liquid to the inner pot of your rice cooker
2. Layer the pork ribs on top of the rice along with the marinade ingredients
3. I use the “white rice” setting, about 20 minutes and then I waited 10 minutes before fluffing the rice
Both pressure cooker and rice cooker made a delicious one-pot black bean spare ribs rice. The pressure cooker is a bit faster compared to the rice cooker or cooking on the stove (obviously!)
Now you just made yourself a delicious and easy one-pot black bean spare ribs rice.
For baking/ kueh making: I highly encourage to weigh ingredients with a digital kitchen scale instead of using measuring cups as they are not very accurate especially when it comes to recipe that requires precision.GRAMS TO CUPS CONVERSION (UNSIFTED)
Marinade the ribs:
- Place the ribs in a large mixing bowl. Add all the marinade ingredients and mix to make sure the ingredients coat the ribs evenly. Cover and marinate for at least 30 minutes or overnight if you plan ahead
Prepare the rice:
- Wash the rice in several rinses of water until the water runs clear. Make sure to drain off water completely
Cooking with Instant Pot Pressure Cooker:
- Transfer the marinated pork ribs and all the marinade ingredients to the inner pot of instant pot. Add the chopped chili (if using). Add water and sprinkle in the rice. Gently push in the rice to make sure rice grains are covered by liquid. I cook it this way to prevent setting the "burn" warning on the instant pot
- Close the lid. Set the steam release valve to seal. Press "pressure cooker" and make sure it's on high pressure. Set the timer to 12 minutes. After 12 minutes, wait 5 minutes and then release the pressure entirely. Fluff the rice with the fork and garnish with some chopped green onion and/or fresh cilantro leaves
Cooking with Rice Cooker:
- Transfer the rice to the inner pot of rice cooker. Add water and then layer the marinated pork ribs and all the marinade ingredients on top of the rice. Add the chopped chili (if using). I use the "white rice" setting, which is about 20 minutes
- When the rice cooker beeps or let you know that it's done, wait 10 minutes and then check to see if the pork is cooked through, it should be, if not, you need to repeat another half cycle or full cycle
- Fluff the rice with rice paddle and garnish with some chopped green onion and/or fresh cilantro leaves
Cooking on the stove with a steamer:
- Bring the water in your steamer to a boil. Transfer the rice to a large bowl that will fit into your steamer. Add water and steam the rice for 15 minutes. Layer the pork ribs on top of the rice and steam for 20 minutes or until the pork ribs are cooked through
- Garnish with chopped green onion and/or fresh cilantro leaves
*Cooking time for recipe card is based on pressure cooking