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Braised sweet and sour spare ribs recipe

Braised sweet and sour spare ribs recipe

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Celebrate the Chinese New Year in style with a flavour-packed feast of sweet and sour ribs. Meaty ribs with a gorgeously sticky marinade, so more-ish they're sure to be a big hit with your guests! See method

  • Serves 6
  • 15 mins to prepare, 2 hours to marinate, and 1 hr 30 mins to cook
  • 437 calories / serving
  • Dairy-free


  • 2kg pork ribs
  • 1.5kg hot beef stock
  • 3cm piece ginger, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 red chilli
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp clear honey
  • 150ml hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 4 spring onions, sliced, to serve
  • 1 red chilli, sliced, to serve
If you don't have any spring onions, try using white onions or leeks and adjust the amount accordingly

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    24g 34%
  • Saturates

    9g 47%
  • Sugars

    24g 26%
  • Salt

    4.1g 68%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 24.6g Protein 33g Fibre 1g


  1. Put the ribs and stock in a large pan set over the hob. Top up with water, if needed, to cover the ribs. Add the ginger, garlic and chilli and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Transfer the ribs to a dish to cool. (Reserve the cooking liquid for stock, if you like.)
  2. To make a marinade, combine the soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, honey, hoisin sauce, tomato purée and chilli flakes in a bowl. Pour the mixture over the ribs and toss to coat. Chill for at least 2 hours or overnight, if you have time.
  3. Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180˚C, fan 160˚C. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Spread the ribs out on the tray and spoon over half the marinade mixed with 100ml water; season well. Roast for 1 hour, turning at least twice and brushing with the remaining marinade each time. If needed, cover with foil to prevent the ribs from burning. To serve, arrange the ribs on a serving platter and scatter over the spring onion and chilli.

Serve with Marinated cucumber with garlic and chilli and Steamed rice with toasted sesame seeds and coriander.

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