Five-Spice Ribs

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79% would make this recipe again

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.

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Marinade : 8 h Preparation : 10 min Cooking : 35 min
450 calories/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 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

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

per 1 serving (230 g)


% Daily Value




20 g

31 %

Saturated 6.5 g
+ Trans 0.2 g

33 %


150 mg


450 mg

19 %


8 g

3 %


1 g

6 %


3 g

Net Carbs

7 g


57 g

Vitamin A

4 %

Vitamin C

8 %


4 %


24 %


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


1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Vegetables ½
Meat and Alternatives 7
Fats 1
Other Foods 0

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october 20, 2021 | I would make this recipe again

Really liked the flavor and the ease of preparation and cooking. Would make it again!

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october 20, 2021 | I would make this recipe again

Awesome ribs! Great marinade made for a meal that everyone loved (even the fussiest kid!).

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april 13, 2014 | I would make this recipe again

Do not cook on BBQ. Try in oven

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