The Best Sweet and Sour Ribs You Will Ever Make

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In this recipe, we’re sharing the ultimate recipe for sweet and sour ribs that will blow your mind! These ribs are tender, with a perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors that will leave you craving more.

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The Best Sweet and Sour Ribs You Will Ever Make

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 15 min Total Time 30 mins
Servings: 4 Calories: 233
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Follow along as we show you step-by-step how to make these mouthwatering ribs at home. Whether you're cooking for a crowd or just craving some delicious comfort food, this recipe is sure to impress. So grab your apron and get ready to cook up the best sweet and sour ribs you've ever tasted!



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  1. Place the ribs in a large pot and pour the water over. There should be enough water to cover the ribs. Add in the ginger, bay leaves, green onion, star anise, hot pepper, and pepper corn. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes. Skim any residue off the top while boiling. Drain, strain, and rinse. Set the ribs aside in a bowl. 

    You can discard the aromatics or make soup from them.
  2. While the ribs are boiling, make the sauce by combining the vinegar, dark soy sauce, and 1 tbsp of sugar in a small bowl. Mix until well combined. 

  3. Add the vegetable oil to a pan and distribute it evenly. Evenly spread the sugar over the oil. Use a spoon or spatula if necessary. Make sure the heat is turned off. 

  4. Once you have an even distribution of oil and sugar, turn the stove on to medium heat and stir the sugar into the oil gently until melted or dissolved. It's important not to let the sugar caramelize. 

  5. Add the ribs to the pan. Stir and cook until browned and braised. They should start to turn a beautiful golden brown in a minute or so. Fry and toss until cooked though and your desired color is reached. 

  6. Set the ribs aside in a bowl and clean out the pan with a paper towel. Add in the garlic. Stir and saute for 2 or 3 minutes until slightly browned and fragrant. 

  7. Pour the sauce in and stir. Add the ribs back in and toss until completely coated with the sauce. Fry and toss for a few minutes until the sauce is hot. 

  8. Serve with rice, fries, or your favorite side dish. Enjoy your sweet and sour ribs. 

Nutrition Facts

Servings 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 233kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11.4g18%
Sodium 407.96mg17%
Total Carbohydrate 8.9g3%
Sugars 12g
Protein 24.8g50%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Nutritional values are a within reason estimate and my vary depending on several factors.


  1. Choosing the Ribs: For the best results, use pork spare ribs or baby back ribs. These cuts are tender and flavorful, ideal for this recipe.

  2. Cooking Method: While this recipe is for the stove top, they can also be grilled or air fried.

  3. Serving Suggestions: Serve these ribs with steamed rice and stir-fried vegetables for a complete meal. They also make a great appetizer or party dish.

Keywords: Rib Recipe, Sweet and Sour Ribs, One Pan Ribs, Chinese Ribs, Chinese Cooking, Stovetop Ribs

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Hey, I’m David Hood And I’m so happy you’re here!! So many of my favorite memories in life seem to take place around the table, especially when surrounded by people I love. And of course, all the better when nourished by some seriously delicious foodHappy Cooking! 

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