Sticky spare ribs recipe

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4 - 6




5 min


2 hr

Nutrition per portion

Calories 423 kCal 21%
Fat 24g 34%

Enjoy these delicious, slow-cooked spare ribs, coated in garlic, honey, hoisin sauce and Chinese five-spice.


  • Approx 1kg (2¼lb) or more spare ribs (or 2 whole racks)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2tbsp finely grated fresh root ginger
  • 2tbsp Chinese cooking wine or dry sherry
  • 100ml (3½ fl oz) clear honey
  • 100ml (3½ oz) hoisin sauce
  • 150ml (5fl oz) soy sauce
  • 1tbsp toasted sesame seeds, to serve


  • Set the oven to gas mark 2-3 (150°C-160°C). Put the ribs in a shallow roasting tin or baking tray, season well with salt and pepper and roast for 1 hr.

  • Meanwhile, put the rest of the ingredients, except the sesame seeds, in a small pan and cook over a medium heat for 15 mins, stirring the sauce occasionally until reduced. Make sure you pour off any meat juices from the tray into the saucepan.

  • Baste the ribs with the sauce and cook them for another hour, turning them occasionally. If still in racks, put on a board and cut into ribs.

  • Reduce the sauce in a pan and spoon over the ribs. Then, sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds, and serve.

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