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Sticky Pork Riblets

This Sticky Pork Riblets recipe makes the most gloriously sticky ribs for a mouthwatering meal. This recipe is a great option if you're looking to make riblets without a braai or bbq – as it's prepared in a large pot on the stove and simmered away in a sweet sticky sauce.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Lunchbox, Main Course, Supper
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Asian Inspired Riblets, Asian Riblets, Asian Ribs, Pork, Pork Riblets, Pork Ribs, Sticky Pork Riblets, Sticky Pork Ribs
Servings: 4


  • 1.4 kg Riblets See Notes
  • 7 cm Sliced Fresh Ginger
  • cup Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 4 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 4 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Chinese 5 Spice
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Heat olive oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Once the oil starts to simmer, add the ginger and fry, stirring continuously until crispy looking. (Roughly one minute).
  • Add the pork riblets and stir until slightly browned. Do it in batches if need be.
  • Add the garlic with the last batch of riblets and cook, don’t burn it.
  • Add the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar (or honey), Chinese 5 Spice, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Stir until the riblets are well coated.
  • Cover with a lid and lower the heat to medium-low. Simmer until the riblets are tender. The time can vary quite radically depending on the number of riblets as well as the heat of your stovetop. Stir every 15 minutes to make sure the riblets are evenly coated with the sauce.
  • Increase the heat to medium. You will notice a fair amount of liquid in the pot. Simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated, leaving a dark and sticky glaze, about 10-15 minutes. *(It’s at this point that you may decide to add more saucy ingredients if need be. Don’t do this before most of the liquid has initially evaporated.)
  • Serve immediately with your choice of side.


If you have less than 1.4kg of ribs, you may not need to add more sauce towards the end of the cooking time.
To add more sauce: Combine and add to riblets:
  • 6 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Soy
  • 3 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 6 tbsp Water