Chinese Salt And Pepper Spareribs With Homemade Pepper Salt

Chinese Salt And Pepper Spareribs With Homemade Pepper Salt

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Marinad Time: 30 mins
Total: 55 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
762 Calories
65g Fat
24g Carbs
22g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 762
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 65g 83%
Saturated Fat 11g 53%
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Sodium 5170mg 225%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 78mg 6%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 523mg 11%
*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.

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 Spare Ribs:

  • 280 grams (10 ounces) pork spareribs, or pork shoulder

  • 3 to 4 cups vegetable or canola oil, or as needed to deep-fry the spare-ribs

  • 1 medium scallion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 small chili pepper, finely chopped

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

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, these salt and pepper spare ribs are broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and stir-frying.

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 peppercorn together with the salt and the salt will absorb the aroma and flavor of the Sichuan peppercorns. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

    Put Sichuan peppercorns and salt in a saucepan

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  3. Use a sieve to pass the salt and Sichuan peppercorn. Keep the Sichuan peppercorn and salt separate. (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 bite-sized pieces 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 to 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. 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 for another 2 to 3 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 can help to soften the meat on the spareribs

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