Five-Spice Ribs

Five-Spice Ribs

Chinese-style pork spareribs marinated in five-spice powder and grilled.

All of the five basic flavours - sour, bitter, sweet, pungent, and salty - are found in the five-spice powder, which is one of the pillars of Chinese cooking. The standard blend calls for fennel, cloves, cinnamon, star anise, and Szechuan peppercorns. However, the specific combination used to make up five-spice powder varies, and other spices may be included as well. It can easily be found at local supermarkets.

4 servings
Marinade 8 h
Preparation 10 min

Cooking 35 min

450 calories per serving 


4 cloves garlic, crushed or pressed    
2 tbsp gingerroot, grated   26 g
1 dried chili peppers, minced   0.4 g
4 tsp Chinese five-spice powder   12 g
1/2 cup soy sauce, low-sodium   125 mL
4 tbsp brown sugar   50 g
2 tbsp canola oil   30 mL
1.8 kg pork spareribs    
4 green onions/scallions, thinly sliced   60 g

Before you start

Ask the butcher to cut between the spareribs and separate them.

The spareribs must be marinated overnight. They can be cooked using either a broiler in the oven or an outdoor grill.


  1. Press the garlic, grate the ginger, mince the chili pepper, then put them in a bowl. Add the five-spice powder, soy sauce, brown sugar, and canola oil, then mix well. Add the spareribs and toss well to coat evenly. Cover the bowl and let marinate in the refrigerator 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Cook the ribs on a medium-hot grill for 30-40 min, turning them frequently and brushing occasionally with the remaining marinade. Alternatively, the ribs may cooked in an oven under the broiler.
  3. Thinly slice the scallions, sprinkle them over the ribs and serve.


When eating the spareribs, have a supply of paper napkins within easy reach!

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (230g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




20 g

31 %

Saturated 6 g
+ Trans 0.2 g

33 %


150 mg


450 mg

19 %


8 g

3 %


1 g

6 %


3 g


57 g

Vitamin A

4 %

Vitamin C

8 %


4 %


25 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: ½ serving
Grain Products: 0 serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: servings

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Source of :
Folacin, Manganese, Omega-3, Vitamin D, Vitamin E
Good source of :
Copper, Iron
Excellent source of :
Magnesium, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin K, Zinc

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This recipe is in the following categories: Pork | Main courses/Entrées | High Iron | Source of Omega-3 | Barbecue/Broil/Grill | Marinate | Cocktail Party | Chinese

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