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How to Cook Spare Ribs in an Electric Pressure Cooker

Spare ribs, which come from the bottom section of the breastbone and ribs of a pig, are generally inexpensive and flavorful. Cooking your ribs with an electric pressure cooker -- a type of pot that seals your food inside and cooks it with high air pressure and heat -- helps to tenderize the meat, add flavor without any additional fat and seal in the meat’s color and flavor 12. In addition, pressure cookers use less energy than a stove and can reduce your cooking time.

Sprinkle seasoning such as paprika, salt and pepper over the spare ribs.

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Pour vegetable oil into your pressure cooker, and turn the heat to medium. Brown both sides of each spare rib, working in batches if needed.

Add flavorful vegetables such as chopped onions and green peppers to the pressure cooker.

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Mix together seasonings such as brown sugar, chili powder and Worcestershire sauce in a separate bowl. Pour the seasoning mixture into the pressure cooker over the meat.

Close the pressure cooker lid tightly, and secure the pressure regulator on the vent pipe. Turn the heat to high and bring the pressure cooker to full pressure.

Lower the heat to medium-high once it reaches full pressure, and cook the ribs for 15 minutes.

Turn off the heat and allow the pressure to fall on its own. Skim off any excess fat from the liquid in the pressure cooker and serve as desired.


Food often expands as it cooks. Never overfill your pressure cooker, which can result in frothing and overflow.


To prevent accidental injury, ensure that your pressure cooker is in proper working order before you use it. Inspect all of the parts, replace any damaged pieces and always follow your pressure cooker’s instruction manual.