Chinese pork ribs

Chinese pork ribs

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(30 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 35 mins

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Serves 4
A superquick family favourite - fab for barbeques

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable


  • kcal458
  • fat30g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre0g
  • protein44g
  • salt1.27g
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  • 12 meaty pork ribs



    One of the most versatile types of meat, pork is economical, tender if cooked correctly, and…

  • 100ml hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 1 tbsp clear honey
  • 1 tbsp vinegar (you can use cider, malt or wine)
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder


  1. Put the ribs in a large pan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 mins. Meanwhile, pour the hoisin sauce in a jug and stir in the soy sauce, honey, vinegar and five-spice.

  2. Drain the ribs very well, then brush with the glaze – if barbecuing, chill, cover and keep in the fridge for later.

  3. Heat the grill to high, if using. Grill or barbecue for 15-20 mins, turning from time to time until shiny and slightly charred in places. Serve hot.

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Comments (39)

csjohn's picture

Am making these tonight but there was no five spice at my supermarket! Is there a substitute spice I could use... Will it make a huge difference if I leave it out?

nimblefingers's picture

Use 1-2 star anise broken into pieces and remove after cooking. Chinese 5 spice has a predominant flavour of this particular spice.

gilldale's picture

one of the best spare ribs I have ever done,also did the sweet and sour chicken with fried rice.Really good home made chinese.

Ragazza's picture

Add some chilli, fresh ginger and garlic. Delicious! The chinese 5 spice gives it a lovely aroma! Great on BBQ! :)) yum!

sbridge7's picture

I made these today; boiled them for slightly longer than recommended and they were tender. The marinade was so tasty and everyone enjoyed. Simple recipe; will definitely make again.

rt1268's picture

Absolutely Beautiful. I made these with the speedy egg fried rice recipe (with added onions), and I prefer this to an ordered chinese any day. Just about to make it for the second time, and im glad I'm sitting in a large room, otherwise i might just be dead from drowing in my own saliva. Make this!

trevpowell's picture

I have made these and they are great! only thing I now change is the boiling time, as the first time i tried it they were a little tough.Like Anna posted boiling for 45-50 mins works well :)

sali4444's picture

I am a vegitarian but have made these twice for family and both times people have loved them. Made extra tonight so had some extra to take on picnic tomorrow, but they have been eaten too. Lol. So easy to make too.

chopschristian's picture

Am cooking these for dinner this evening, together with chicken wings using another recipe of this site. My husband will think all his christmases have come together! I would agree that they smelled awful after being boiled, but once drained and now in the glaze they are looking and smelling gorgeous.

apolloxxl's picture

very tasty actually. not hard at all. 9/10 i'd say.
cooked with plain rice. was boring. needs some better side.
maybe egg friend rice at least.

fulgencio's picture

Made this yesterday and was really impressed. OH loved it too.

thomsos's picture

Oops forgot to rate it first time.

thomsos's picture

Fabulous tasty ribs, I've made them a few time now and always cook them in the oven they are great.

michela7's picture

Tasty & easy!

SmileyBecks's picture

These ribs were very tasty! I made them for friends last week and got great feedback, I cooked in the oven rather than grilled because other things were in too. Worked really well and dead easy!

drfabio's picture

These were delicious! I boiled them for as long as the recipe said and they were fine. They smelled a bit funny when I drained them, which put me off, but honestly, once that glaze is on and they're grilled, they tasted amazing, and they were so easy too!

bunties's picture

We thought boiling the ribs initially sounded unapetizing, but gave it a go.

WOW were we impressed. The end result was so tasty that we've now made them a few times for different guests and just for ourselves because they were so yummy. Can't wait to try them on the BBQ as we've only tried them over the Winter so far and so oven baked on a rack!

Very easy to do, the kids love preparing them (& eating them).

janelle's picture

i boiled them longer than suggested . great

casadelapaz's picture

Boil ribs for a little longer ie over in Ibiza they are huge so I boil for 40/50 min.


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