Dry Garlic Spare Ribs

Dry Garlic Spare Ribs

I have previously posted a recipe for Restaurant-style Honey-Garlic Ribs which recreates the fairly standard version in which the ribs are braised in copious amounts of the sweet, dark sauce. I like those, and order them frequently from Westernized Chinese Restaurants, but they are very often cooked, or held over, for so long that the meat loses texture and no longer clings to the bone. Here, the Dry Garlic Spare Ribs have the same sweet, garlicky flavor as the braised type but they are only glazed with a very small amount of sauce and are better suited to being served as an appetizer.

The Basic Method

Marinating browned ribs with garlic.
Marinating browned ribs with garlic.

You first need to brown your ribs in a little oil. Just cook them until the meat is longer pink and don’t overdo it. Remove them to a bowl and, when they have cooled, stir in minced garlic and let them sit for not less than one hour (longer is better).

Making the sweet glaze
Making the sweet glaze

When you are ready to cook, heat a pan over a moderately high flame and add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the sugar and the soy and let it all come to a bubbling boil.

Finally (and apologies for forgetting to photograph the last step), add the ribs along with the vinegar and continue stirring until the sauce reduces to a nice glaze. Plate and serve hot.


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Dry Garlic Spare Ribs

Dry Garlic Spare Ribs are similar to the classic ‘Honey Garlic Spare Ribs’, except are lightly glazed rather braised in sauce and make a better appetizer.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Garlic, Pork, Ribs, Sugar, Vinegar
Author: John Thompson

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb Pork Spareribs in 1” lengths (about 24, in all)
  • 2 tbsp. Vegetable oil
  • 3 1/2 tbsp. Sugar
  • 3 1/2 tbsp. Soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. minced Garlic

Instructions

  • Lightly brown the ribs in a little oil until just cooked through and then remove to a bowl.
  • When the ribs have cooled, stir in the minced garlic and let sit for at least an hour
  • When ready to cook, heat the vegetable oil in a pan over moderately high heat and stir in the sugar and the soy sauce.
  • When the sauce is bubbling and begins to thicken, add in the ribs and the vinegar and continue stirring until the sauce has reduced to a glaze.
  • Plate and serve while hot.

2 Comments

  1. These remind me of my favorite Chinese restaurant appetizer. Thanks for sharing

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