Soy Sauce Ribs

September 23, 2018thetipsyhousewife

Something you may not know about me is that besides writing for the Border Bulletin and my blog, I have a full time job. I am a personal chef / nanny for a family of five. I am responsible for the grocery shopping, meal planning, lunch packing, and dinner making 4 days a week. I also make food for their family parties and special events they host at their home. Just last weekend I watched twenty kids at the house while prepping for a brunch for 55 guests they were hosting on Sunday. Needless to say, this weekend I am taking it easy. I decided to make my boss’s special recipe for Soy Sauce Ribs. It is one of the best recipes I have ever had out of the Instant Pot.

One of my favorite things about working as a Chef is learning about food from other cultures. Many times, my recipes are inspired by cultural dishes that I have been introduced to me by friends and colleagues. The family that I work for is Taiwanese and they have taught me so much about their culture and food. Many of the dishes use pork and there is always a lot of soy sauce involved in a lot of the recipes. As a Salt-a-holic I love it!

On occasion, my boss will cook for me and it is always a treat. A few years back she asked me to purchase some ingredients to make her famous Soy Sauce Ribs. I was doubtful this dish was going to be good because it required so few ingredients.  Boy was I surprised! These ribs were so tender and flavorful, I was afraid I would eat the whole pot! Luckily she shared her recipe with me and allowed me to share it with you.


We make this recipe in the Instant Pot. If you do not have one you can use a crock pot or the oven. You will just need to increase the time as the instant pot cooks this dish in 40 minutes while in a crock or oven it would need at least 4 to 6 hours.

The ingredients are simple and this makes enough for four or for two with leftovers.


  • 1 Rack of Pork Ribs, We use either back ribs or spare ribs.
  • 1 T of Chinese Five Spice
  • 5 “Stars” of Star Anise
  • 1 1/2 C of Good Quality Soy Sauce
  • 12 Hardboiled Eggs, Peeled
  • 4 C of Cooked White Rice

The steps are also really simple. The key to this recipe is making sure the ribs are fairly submerged in the soy sauce and also later the eggs. You do not need to ad any additional liquid to this recipe when making it, the ribs will make their own broth in addition to the soy sauce. Here is what you need to do to make this recipe:


  • Cut the rack of ribs into 4 to 6  pieces, add the ribs, soy sauce and five spice and star anise to the instant pot and cook on high pressure for 40 minutes.
  • Add the eggs, and cook for five minutes more.
  • If using a crockpot cook on high 4 to 6 hours and if making in the oven, cover tightly with foil and cook on 325 for 4 hours, add the eggs in the last hour of cooking.

The juice from the meat mixed with the soy sauce and spices make an amazing gravy. The eggs will absorb this delicious sauce. Serve the ribs on top of rice with an egg or two and a generous amount of the sauce. The flavors in this dish are so rich and meaty. I think you will be as surprised as I was at the flavor and deliciousness of these soy sauce ribs.

I hope you enjoy this unique dish.


If you would like to make another great Pork Rib Recipe check out my recipe for Oven Baked Bbq Ribs



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