Pressure Cooker Winter Melon Pork Ribs Soup

Pressure Cooker Winter Melon Pork Ribs Soup

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 -6 serving
Author: Marvellina
Super easy and comforting pork ribs soup is pressured cooked with winter melon and other veggies. Perfect one pot meal for the cooler days
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  • 1 lb pork ribs cut into sections
  • 2 lbs winter melon
  • 2 large carrots cut into large chunks
  • 4 Chinese black dates or you can use red dates
  • 1 inch ginger peel and smashed with heavy objects
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp Better than bouillon optional
  • Salt to taste


  • Fresh cilantro leaves finely chopped
  • 1 stalk green onion finely chopped


  • You can ask the butcher to cut the pork ribs into smaller sections since they have the tool to do so. Bring a pot of water to a boil and then place the pork ribs in there and let it boil for 5 minutes. Drain off water and clean with water to remove any impurities
  • Peel the skin of the winter melon, remove seeds, and cut into large chunks, about 2-3 inches chunks. Peel the carrot and cut into large chunks too

Cooking with Instant pot:

  • Place the ribs, carrots, winter melon, ginger, black dates, better than bouillon and water in the inner pot of the instant pot. Secure the lid. Turn the steam release valve to seal. Press "pressure cooker" and then "high pressure". Set the timer to 15 minutes
  • When the timer is up, wait 5 minutes and then release pressure. Carefully unlock the lid. Be careful of the steam coming out. Season with salt to your taste. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and chopped green onion if you like

Cooking on the stove:

  • Rinse the pot you boil the pork ribs in earlier. Place the ribs back in there along with other ingredients, except for salt. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat to let it simmer. Cover the pot and let it simmer for the next 45 minutes
  • Check to see if the ribs are tender and the winter melon is fork tender. If they are, you are done cooking. If not, continue to cook a bit longer. Season with salt to your taste and garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and chopped green onion