Ginger-Lime Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Lime juice and ginger add a bright freshness to these zesty ribs! Serve the mouthwatering, tangy ribs alongside a simple slaw made with shredded cabbage, lime juice, and avocado oil mayonnaise.


For the ribs:

  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice, divided
  • 2-2½ lbs. rack baby back ribs
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ tsp. Himalayan pink salt, fine ground
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • Simple slaw, to serve (recipe below)

For the sauce:

  • ¼ cup coconut aminos, tamari, or soy sauce
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. grated lime zest
  • ¼ cup sliced green onion
  • 2 tsp. sesame seeds
  • For the slaw:
  • ½ pound green or red cabbage, shredded
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons avocado oil mayonnaise
  • 1 pinch Himalayan pink salt, fine ground


  1. Place a trivet with handles in an Instant Pot. Add the broth plus 1 tablespoon of lime juice. Pat ribs dry with paper towels. Remove thin membrane from back of ribs. Cut ribs into 4 sections. In a small bowl, combine chili powder, ginger, garlic, pink salt, and pepper. Rub spice mixture evenly over the ribs. Arrange ribs on trivet.
  2. Secure lid on pot and close pressure-release valve. Set pot to HIGH pressure for 25 minutes. At the end of cooking time, use a natural release to depressurize.
  3. While the ribs are cooking, combine the coconut aminos, butter, sesame oil, lime zest, and remaining 2 tablespoons lime juice in large saucepan. Cook sauce over medium-low heat just until butter melts, about 2 minutes.
  4. Adjust oven rack to 6 inches from heat source. Preheat the broiler. Line a large baking sheet with foil.
  5. Open Instant Pot and transfer ribs, meaty-side down, to prepared baking sheet (discard the cooking liquid from pot). Brush ribs with sauce, reserving half. Broil until browned (3-4 minutes). Turn ribs over. Brush with remaining sauce. Broil until browned and slightly charred (3-4 minutes more).
  6. In a small bowl, toss together all ingredients for the slaw.
  7. To serve, brush ribs with any remaining sauce and sprinkle with the green onion and sesame seeds. Serve with slaw.