Sườn Nướng Sả Instant Pot (Grilled Lemongrass Ribs)

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy peasy
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Author: Katie Le | Katie’s Test Kitchen



  • ~ 3 lbs of pork spare ribs (washed well, drained)
  • 2 tbsp of finely minced lemongrass (for best result use a food processor to mince)
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 3 tbsp of Maggi Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp of cooking oil, prefer olive oil
  • 3 tbsp of oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp of fish sauce
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp of Five Spices Seasoning

Scallion-Oil Mixture (dau hanh):

  • 2 green onion (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp of cooking oil, olive oil is preferred
  • a pinch of salt


  • 1 cucumber (sliced)
  • 1 tomatoes (sliced)
  • 1.5 cups of Coco Rico Soda (optional but highly recommend – Can substitute with water or coconut water)
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • large zip-lock bag or container
  • Air Fryer (or use your oven)
  • trivet (the rack that comes with your IP)
  • basting brush


  1. Mix well all spices and sauces under “Marinade” section.  Stir to make sure sugar is dissolved.  Add lemongrass to the mixture.  In a large zip-lock bag or contain, add ribs and pour in marinade mixture.  Close the bag and massage the ribs from the outside.  Be sure that marinade covers the ribs.  Allow it to marinate in the refrigerator overnight for best result.
  2. Once ready to cook, add trivet to inner pot.  Pour in 1.5 cups of Coco Rico Soda.  Lay ribs on trivet, can double layer/crisscross (see photos above).  Be sure ribs do not touch the Coco Rico Soda on the bottom.  Close lid, make sure Knob is on Sealing, select Pressure Cook/Manual, High Pressure, 15 minutes, 5 minutes NPR.  While the ribs are cooking, extract 2 tbsp of marinade mixture and add in 1 tbsp of honey.  Mix well to dissolve the honey.
  3. Manually release the pressure after 5 minutes NPR.  Open lid and gently remove ribs to a plate.  Use a basting brush to baste the honey marinade mixture from step 2 onto the ribs, be generous!  Add ribs to Air Fryer but don’t overcrowd, set 390/400 F for temperature and cook time is approximately 5-7 minutes or until the ribs are brown to your liking.  Initially check often to make sure it’s not over-charred.  Please note that cook time may vary based on the size and power of your Air Fryer.  Please use this setting as a guide only.  Alternatively, the ribs can be broiled “Low” in the oven for about 3 minutes, flip them half way and rub the new side with honey marinade, put back in the oven and broil for another 2-3 minutes.
  4. For the scallion-oil mixture (dau hanh), in a microwavable bowl combine chopped green onion, oil and a pinch of salt.  Cover lightly and microwave for 1 minute. Remove and set aside.
  5. Once ribs are done “grilling”, generously baste the scallion-oil mixture on them.  Serve with rice/broken rice and sliced cucumber/tomatoes.  Add scallion-oil on top of the rice for extra flavor.  These ribs also go well with Pickled Mustard Greens.  A good sauce for the rice would be some Maggi Seasoning with a squeeze of lime juice, a bit of sugar to taste and add in sliced fresh chili pepper. Enjoy!












23 Comments on “Sườn Nướng Sả Instant Pot (Grilled Lemongrass Ribs)”

  1. Did you use the marinade mixture from the ziploc bag with the meat or did you set aside 2TBSP of the marinade?

    • I’d reduce to about 8 to 10 minutes for boneless pork chops. It might be best to just grill it straight actually. Skip the IP.

    • You can just replace the oyster sauce with hoisin. It will be slightly sweeter but you can balance it out by adding a little bit more of fish sauce.

  2. Made this for lunch today. So good! We like our ribs to be very tender, almost falling off the bone, so added more time in the IP. Grilled it after on the Foodi Grill. This came out perfect. The scallion oil and Maggi sauce complement the ribs perfectly. Thank you for the recipe. Appreciate all the details!

  3. We tried it today and it was a bomb!! I was amazed how flavorful this recipe is! I felt like I ordered the food from a restaurant 😋

  4. Can i make this in the oven? What adjustments do I need to make? Can I use the coconut soda in the marinade?

    • Hi Julie, yes you can just bake it in the oven or air fryer. I wouldn’t worry about the coco rico soda of you are doing it that way.

  5. Hi!
    Would I be able to make this recipe with beef ribs instead of pork? Would there by any adjustments? Thank you in advance!

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