Chinese Salt And Pepper Spareribs With Homemade Pepper Salt

Chinese Salt And Pepper Spareribs With Homemade Pepper Salt

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Marinate: 30 mins
Total: 95 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1682 Calories
131g Fat
59g Carbs
68g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 1682
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 131g 168%
Saturated Fat 30g 151%
Cholesterol 346mg 115%
Sodium 6699mg 291%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 68g
Vitamin C 5mg 27%
Calcium 157mg 12%
Iron 8mg 43%
Potassium 1322mg 28%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These salt and pepper spareribs are always a crowd-pleaser and a very popular dish in Chinese cuisine.

We learned about this delicious salt and pepper spareribs recipe from a Taiwanese chef but we have adjusted the recipe to make it easier to get hold of all the ingredients.

"I’m always looking for rib recipes that I can add to my rotation. This one is a definite keeper. The ribs were indescribably delicious. So savory-salty with deep, rich flavor. Tossing the ribs at the end with scallions, garlic, red pepper, and homemade pepper salt added beautiful color and even more flavor." —Diana Andrews

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Ingredients

For the Chinese Pepper Salt:

  • 1 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorns

  • 2 tablespoons salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the Marinade:

For the Spareribs:

  • 2 1/2 pounds pork spareribs

  • 3 to 4 cups vegetable or canola oil, more as needed

  • 2 medium scallions, finely chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 2 small chili peppers, seeded if preferred and finely chopped

  • Chinese pepper salt (from above recipe), to taste

Steps to Make It

Make the Chinese Pepper Salt

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Chinese Pepper Salt ingredients

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  2. Put Sichuan peppercorns and salt into a small, dry saucepan over medium to low heat and keep stirring while cooking. This procedure is to toast the Sichuan peppercorns together with the salt so that the salt absorbs the aroma and flavor of the peppercorns. Toast for 2 to 3 minutes.

    Put Sichuan peppercorns and salt in a saucepan

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  3. Use a sieve to separate the Sichuan peppercorns from the salt. (You can use the leftover Sichuan peppercorns to make Sichuan peppercorn oil.)

    Use a sieve to pass the salt and Sichuan peppercorn

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  4. Mix the salt with ground black pepper.

    Mix the salt with ground black pepper

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Make the Spare Ribs

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Spare Ribs ingredients

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  2. Combine the marinade ingredients in a large bowl and stir well.

    Combine the marinade ingredients in a large bowl

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  3. Cut the spareribs into individual ribs and place them in the bowl with the marinade for at least 30 minutes, or overnight for more flavor. Make sure to stir it at least a couple of times during the marinating process to help the spareribs absorb all the flavor.

    ribs in a marinade in a bowl

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  4. Heat the oil in a wok to 350 F/180 C. Working in batches, deep fry the spareribs for a minute and turn off the heat and leave it in the oil to cook for 5 minutes.

    ribs frying in a pot of oil

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  5. Drain and leave the ribs aside.

    Drain and leave the ribs aside

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  6. Put scallion, garlic, and chili in a big, heatproof mixing bowl.

    Put scallion, garlic, and chili in a big, heatproof mixing bowl

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  7. Heat up the oil again to 350 F/180 C and deep-fry the spareribs in batches for another 3 to 4 minutes or until they are crispy.

    deep fry the spareribs in a pot

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  8. Drain and put the ribs into the mixing bowl with the scallion, garlic, and chili.

    Mixing bowl with spareribs, scallion, garlic, and chili

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  9. Add some Chinese Pepper Salt, to taste, and quickly toss everything a few times.

    Chinese Salt And Pepper Spareribs With Homemade Pepper Salt in a bowl

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Tip

  • When marinating, baking soda and black vinegar help to soften the meat on the spareribs.

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