These Asian sticky ribs have everything going for them. They’re sweet, sticky, spicy, easy to make, and have a great Chinese barbecue flavor, but are made in the oven, so there’s no need to hover over a grill.
Adapted from Mandy Yin | Sambal Shiok | Quadrille, 2021
This is my mum’s version of barbecue ribs but using store-bought hoisin sauce for its main character. Super easy to put together and one of those rare dishes in this book which uses an oven so you can just walk away and come back later! If you’re a fan of char siu, you’ll love this Chinese take on barbecue. Sweet (but not too sweet), spicy, sticky. The best!–Mandy Yin
Asian Sticky Ribs FAQs
Can I use rice vinegar instead of Shaoxing wine?
We don’t recommend substituting rice vinegar for the Shaoxing wine as the two are not interchangeable. If you don’t have Shaoxing wine, your best options are using dry sherry or Mirin.
What is considered a mild vegetable oil?
Don’t worry, you probably already have mild vegetable oil in your kitchen. Vegetable oil, canola oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, and corn oil are all considered to be mild and will work well in this recipe.
What is the best way to store leftover ginger root?
You can wrap leftover ginger root well and keep it in your vegetable drawer for weeks on end (seriously, close to two months!) You can also freeze leftover ginger, either peeled or unpeeled. Just break into small knobs, wrap each piece in plastic, and then freeze it for up to 6 months. You can also mince your ginger and freeze it in ice cube trays. Once frozen, place them into an air-tight container and stick them back in the freezer. They’ll be good for about three months.
How do you remove the membrane from ribs?
The membrane is the thin silvery layer on the underside of your ribs. Some butchers will remove the membrane for you, but if yours comes intact, it’s easy to remove. To remove the membrane or silver skin from a rib, use the tip of a small knife to loosen a corner and then grab the membrane with a paper towel and slowly pull it off.
What should I serve with sticky ribs?
Our testers loved serving these sticky Asian style ribs with rice, steamed vegetables, Asian-inspired coleslaw, and baked beans.
Asian Sticky Ribs
For the marinade
- One (2-inch) piece of fresh ginger peeled and finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves finely chopped
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon Shaoxing rice wine
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 pounds 4 ounces pork back or side ribs silver skin removed
For the ribs
- 1 tablespoon mild vegetable oil
- 3 scallions finely chopped, to garnish
- 1 red chile thinly sliced, to garnish
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds toasted in a dry pan until fragrant, to garnish
Marinate the ribs
- In a large bowl, mix all of the marinade ingredients together. Place the ribs on a rimmed baking sheet and pour half of the marinade over the ribs. Cover and marinate overnight.
Cook the ribs
- Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C ).
- Lay the ribs, meat side up, on a foil-lined rimmed sheet pan and baste with 1 tablespoon of oil. Roast for 45 minutes.
- After 45 minutes, turn the heat down to 325°F (170°C ). Baste the ribs with the remaining half of the marinade and then cook for 30 minutes more.
- Remove the ribs from the oven and leave them to rest for 10 minutes. Slice into slabs or individual ribs and place on a large serving platter (or you can serve them on the baking sheet).
- Garnish with scallions, red chile, and sesame seeds. Devour.
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Recipe Testers’ Reviews
I was drawn to this Asian sticky ribs recipe because the combination of flavors – spicy, sweet, salty, sticky – sounded delicious. It also looked like a fairly easy and approachable way to tackle Chinese food if one does not have a ton of experience or confidence with the flavors and ingredients. Overall, the instructions were accurate, easy to follow, and straightforward. I had most of the ingredients on hand, and what I didn’t have was easy to find at my local grocery store.
Planning ahead is important so that you can properly marinate the ribs overnight, the cooking itself is easy and fast, and you can serve on the same baking sheet they roasted on – BONUS! The marinade was delicious and I would even advocate for doubling it so that you have extra saucy goodness. I served the ribs with Jasmine rice, homemade kimchi, and a cold bock beer – which was a perfect combination. The flavor was exactly what I expected based on the description and would definitely make these ribs again!
These Asian sticky pork ribs are simple to throw together, using ingredients that are easily found in most supermarkets. Even hoisin sauce, which may by some, be considered the most “exotic” ingredient on the list, shows up on the Asian aisle of most stores. It’s something that I always have in our refrigerator, and I find a lot of uses for it. Buying hoisin sauce to make this recipe, can lead you to many other dishes that you will enjoy making and eating.
These sticky Asian ribs are really delicious. I made ours with baby back pork ribs. As far as side dishes are concerned, I made Chinese garlic noodles and a marinated cucumber and tomato salad. Everything went wonderfully together.
May I give these ribs an 11/10? They are mouthwatering, sticky, sweet, slightly spicy, perfectly tender and easy to make. Most of the time is hands-off (marinated for a little over 24 hours). We served these with baked beans with pickled jalapeño and an Asian-y slaw with lots of cilantro and ginger.
These sticky ribs were so tasty and so easy! Total winner!! This is an ideal weeknight dinner because it is so hands-off. I served them alongside some white sticky rice and steamed green beans. We were licking our fingers! Will definitely be making this again.
Originally published May 18, 2022
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This is an easy, delicious way to prepare ribs. I marinated the ribs in a large piece of foil, so when it was time to roast them, I just had to open the foil, place the packet on the baking pan and put it in the oven. I think the marinade would be helped by a couple tablespoons of Siracha, depending on your taste. I served the sticky ribs with Siracha on the side along with steamed rice.