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Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Pork Spareribs

These Sweet and Sour Pork Spareribs are fork tender and melt in your mouth. The sauce is simple, and the cooking method quick with the help of an electric pressure cooker.  More importantly, this recipe is delicious even though it contains no fancy ingredients.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Natural Release20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Drinks, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot Pork Spare Ribs, Pork Spare Ribs, Pork Spare Ribs Recipe, Sweet and Sour Pork Spare Ribs
Servings: 4 people
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 ounces chopped pimento (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 20.5 ounces crushed pineapple
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 pounds country-style pork spareribs
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • In an electric pressure cooker insert (or Instant Pot), melt butter on the saute mode. Add drained pimentos and onions. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes or until onions are soft.
  • Add crushed pineapple (not drained), cornstarch, vinegar and soy sauce to the onions and stir.
    These Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Pork Spareribs are fork tender and melt in your mouth. The sauce is simple, and the cooking method quick with the help of an electric pressure cooker.  More importantly, this recipe is delicious even though it contains no fancy ingredients.
  • Season pork spareribs generously with salt and pepper.
    These Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Pork Spareribs are fork tender and melt in your mouth. The sauce is simple, and the cooking method quick with the help of an electric pressure cooker.  More importantly, this recipe is delicious even though it contains no fancy ingredients.
  • Nestle pork spareribs into the liquid fat side up. Put on the pressure cooker lid, and seal.
    These Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Pork Spareribs are fork tender and melt in your mouth. The sauce is simple, and the cooking method quick with the help of an electric pressure cooker.  More importantly, this recipe is delicious even though it contains no fancy ingredients.
  • Cook on high pressure for 20 minutes. Let steam release using the natural release method for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and turn the pressure cooker back to saute mode for an additional 5 minutes, stirring constantly to reduce the sauce.
  • Serve over rice. 
    These Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Pork Spareribs are fork tender and melt in your mouth. The sauce is simple, and the cooking method quick with the help of an electric pressure cooker.  More importantly, this recipe is delicious even though it contains no fancy ingredients.

Notes

  • We used an 8 qt. Instant Pot.
  • I used chopped pimentos (drained).  If you don't have these, you could swap them for fresh chopped green or red pepper, or you leave them out altogether.
  • This recipe calls for one 20.5 oz. can of crushed pineapple (undrained).  If you don't have one of these in the cabinet, but you have pineapple rings or chunks, you could absolutely swap. Just be sure to use the liquid too.
  • We use the saute mode on our Instant Pot to soften the onions and pimentos in the butter first.  If you wanted, you could do this in a skillet on the stove top.
  • Be sure to season both sides of the pork with salt and pepper.  This is a given for almost any recipe.
  • When you add the pork spareribs, put the fat side up so that it renders the fat down and tenderizes the meat.
  • Cook at high pressure for 20 minutes. When you release the pressure, use the natural method for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the lid, and turn the pressure cooker back to saute (or browning), and cook stirring constantly for another 5 minutes or until the sauce begins to reduce.
  • Sweet and Sour Pork Spare Ribs in the Instant Pot tastes great served over cooked rice.