Pressure Cooker Sweet Black Vinegar Pork Ribs

Pressure Cooker Sweet Black Vinegar Pork Ribs

Course: Entree
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Marvellina
Tender pork ribs are coated with sweet and tangy sweet black vinegar will guarantee you will lick those fingers as you eat them. These were made with Instant Pot. Other cooking methods are included too.
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  • 2 lbs pork ribs
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch if using deep-fry method
  • Oil for deep-fry the pork ribs if using deep-fry method



  • 6 Tbsp Chinese black vinegar available in Asian grocery store
  • 5 Tbsp sugar


  • Wash the pork ribs and drain the water. Add marinade and mix well, marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight
  • Remove the membrane at the back of the ribs. Use a sharp knife to life the membrane up and then cut it off as you pull it up. You may leave the ribs whole unseparated or separate them into an individual rib

Cooking with Instant Pot:

  • Place 2 cups of water in the insert of the instant pot. Place the trivet in. If you leave the ribs unseparated, place it on top of the trivet in the standing position or lying down is fine. Close the lid. Turn the steam release handle to seal. Press Pressure Cook and then High Pressure for 30 minutes. Once it is done cooking in Instant Pot, wait for 10 minutes then turn the steam release handle to venting. Open the lid and carefully lift the pork ribs out from the pot. Proceed to prepare the sauce

Deep-fry method:

  • Add in corn starch to the marinated pork and rub it in. Deep fry in hot oil until golden brown and pork ribs are cooked through. Remove and set aside. Proceed to prepare sauce

Steaming method:

  • Get your steamer ready by filling it up with water and bring it to a boil. Place the bowl of pork ribs in the steamer and steam the pork ribs for about 45-55 minutes or until they are cooked through and tender. If your ribs are in smaller pieces, it will take about 25-30 minutes to cook. Be sure to check the water level and refill with some if it almost runs out. Proceed to prepare sauce

Preparing the sauce and serving (for all cooking methods):

  • In another large skillet, stir-fry garlic in 1 Tbsp oil until fragrant, pour in seasonings and water. The sauce will thicken up as the sugar caramelizes. Taste and add more salt, sugar and black vinegar as needed and to your liking
  • Add the cooked pork ribs back to the sauce and mix well to make sure every piece is coated with the sauce. Serve immediately