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Chinese Spare Rib close up.

Chinese Pork Spare Ribs

  • Author: Rachel Phipps
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: Serves 2
  • Cuisine: Chinese


These Chinese Takeaway-inspired Pork Spare Ribs are sticky, savoury and so easy to make! You can also make them ahead, perfect for at-home Chinese feasting.


  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine, or dry sherry
  • 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp Chinese five spice
  • 1/4 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp red food colouring (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp white pepper
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 450g pork spare ribs
  • sliced spring onions, for serving
  • toasted sesame seeds or furikake, for serving


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 140C.
  2. Whisk together all the marinade ingredients.
  3. Line a small baking dish with a double layer of kitchen foil (I will only ever buy this one as it is extra thick and lasts for ages! #ad) and add the ribs. Pour over 1/3 of the marinade and mix to coat. Seal the foil packet and roast for 1 hour 30 minutes.
  4. Remove the ribs from the foil and spread across a foil lined baking tray for easy cleanup. Brush with 1/2 the marinade and grill on high until golden and sizzling. Turn the ribs over, brush them with the rest of the marinade and repeat.
  5. Serve immediately.


To make these ribs ahead, slow cook the ribs, let them cool still wrapped in their foil and store them in the fridge overnight alongside the remaining sauce. All you have to so is lay them out on the baking tray, brush with the remaining marinade and grill when you’re ready to eat!