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How to Cook Spare Ribs in an Electric Pressure Cooker

author image Rose Erickson
Rose Erickson has been a professional writer since 2010. She specializes in fitness, parenting, beauty, health, nutrition and saving money, and writes for several online publications including The Krazy Coupon Lady. She is also a novelist and a mother of three.
How to Cook Spare Ribs in an Electric Pressure Cooker
A pressure cooker seals in the flavor and color of spare ribs. Photo Credit: WR36/iStock/Getty Images

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. In addition, pressure cookers use less energy than a stove and can reduce your cooking time.

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Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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

Step 7

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.

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