Pressure Cooker Sticky Tamarind Baby Back Ribs
These gingery sweet-and-sour glazed ribs are tender and intensely flavored — and pretty much impossible to stop eating once you start. The sauce also works well on spare-ribs if you’d like to substitute those here. Just reduce the cooking time by a few minutes on the pressure setting, or as much as an hour if using the slow cooker setting. This is one of 10 recipes from Melissa Clark’s “Dinner in an Instant: 75 Modern Recipes for Your Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and Instant Pot” (Clarkson Potter, 2017). Melissa Clark’s “Dinner in an Instant” is available everywhere books are sold. Order your copy today.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 4to 5 pounds baby back ribs
- 1teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
- ¼cup tamarind paste or concentrate
- ¼cup fresh orange juice (from about 1/2 orange)
- ¼cup honey, plus more as needed
- 2tablespoons soy sauce
- ¼teaspoon grated lime zest
- 1tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1star anise pod
- 2tablespoons neutral oil, such as safflower or canola
- 4small shallots, diced (about 1/3 cup)
- 1 ½teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
- 2garlic cloves, grated on a Microplane or minced
Step 1Cut the ribs into chunks of 2 or 3 ribs, depending on their size, and place them in a large bowl. Toss with 1 teaspoon salt, and set aside while you prepare the sauce.
Step 2In a small bowl, combine the tamarind, orange juice, honey, soy sauce, lime zest and juice and star anise. Set aside.
Step 3Using the sauté function, heat the oil in the pressure cooker. Stir in the shallots and cook until they are starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in the ginger and garlic and cook until fragrant, another minute, then stir in the tamarind mixture. Bring to a simmer, and then scrape the sauce into the large bowl of ribs. Toss gently to combine.
Step 4Arrange the ribs standing up along the outer edge of the pressure cooker, making a ring with the meat side of the ribs facing out. Continue with the remaining ribs, arranging them to make concentric circles. Pour any remaining sauce over the ribs, cover and cook on high pressure for 32 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally.
Step 5Heat the broiler.
Step 6Transfer the ribs, meat-side down, to a rimmed baking sheet. Turn the pressure cooker to the sauté function and cook to reduce the sauce until it’s thick, about 15 minutes; spoon the fat off the top when finished. Taste the sauce, and adjust the seasoning or add more honey if necessary; then brush the ribs with the sauce. Broil the ribs until they are charred in spots, 1 to 3 minutes. Then flip them over, brush with more sauce, and broil on that side until charred. Serve immediately, with more sauce on the side.