Five-Spice Ribs

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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.

Marinade : 8 h Preparation : 10 min Cooking : 35 min
450 calories/serving
  • Very easy
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Nuts & Peanuts Free
  • Kid-friendly


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 wheat-free 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 h 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.
  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 (220g)


% Daily Value




20 g

31 %

Saturated 6.5 g
+ Trans 0.2 g

33 %


150 mg


430 mg

18 %


8 g

3 %


1 g

6 %


3 g

Net Carbs

7 g


57 g

Vitamin A

4 %

Vitamin C

8 %


4 %


24 %

Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Vegetables and Fruits : ½ serving
Grain Products : 0 serving
Milk and Alternatives : 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives : 2 ½ servings


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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This recipe is in the following categories

Pork | Main courses/Entrées | High Iron | Source of Omega-3 | Marinate | Barbecue/Broil/Grill | Chinese