Spicy Salt and Pepper Spareribs Recipe

Hanging Chinese Pork ribs
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  • 2 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 2 hrs 10 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: serves 2 to 4
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Want a delicious Asian-inspired family meal or a dinner party favorite? Spicy salt and pepper mix lends flavor to these deep-fried spareribs. If it is available, feel free to substitute Szechuan peppercorns for the black pepper.

What You'll Need

  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless meaty spareribs or pork shoulder
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 3 to 4 cups oil for deep-frying, or as needed
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch, or as needed

How to Make It

  1. Stir-fry the salt and black pepper in a heavy frying pan over medium-low heat, shaking the pan, until the salt darkens. Remove from the heat and stir in the five-spice powder. Cool.
  2. Cut the spareribs along the individual bones. Rub lightly with salt and pepper mixture. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  3. Preheat the oil for deep-frying to between 360 and 375 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  4. Dust the spareribs with the cornstarch. Use a deep-fryer basket to carefully add the ribs into the oil. Deep-fry the submerged spareribs for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove and drain.
  1. Deep-fry the spareribs a second time, until they are crispy and cooked (about 1 minute). Drain. Serve with any remaining salt and pepper mix for dipping.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 1153
Total Fat 86 g
Saturated Fat 32 g
Unsaturated Fat 38 g
Cholesterol 343 mg
Sodium 3,753 mg
Carbohydrates 7 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Protein 83 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)