Sweet and sour pork ribs

These ribs offer the perfect contrast in texture—a super crispy outside and tender meat within.


Difficulty: Medium

Time: 30 min. preparation time, 0 min. baking time

Nutrition: Calories ca 348 / Protein 30g / Carbohydr. 7g / Fat 20g

Ingredients (4 servings)

500 gpork ribs
1 tbspsalt (divided)
0.25 tbsppepper
2 tbspcooking wine
500 mlvegetable oil
1 clovegarlic
2 stalksgreen onion
1 cmginger
0.5red bell pepper
0.5green bell pepper
100 gpotato starch (divided)
3 tbspblack vinegar
3 tspsugar
155 mlwater


wok, sieve, large bowl, meat cleaver, cutting board, small bowl

Wine Tip

A creamy, medium-bodied sake with a long, clean finish provides a nice counterbalance to the rich flavor of the ribs.

Step 1

Sweet and sour pork ribs

Clean ribs and chop into bite-sized pieces using a meat cleaver. Transfer to a bowl and marinate ribs in salt, pepper, and cooking wine for approx. 5 – 10 min. Add oil to wok and bring to temperature for frying over high heat. Mince garlic, cut green onion into fine rings, and mince ginger. Cut bell peppers into chunks.

wok, large bowl, meat cleaver, cutting board

500 g pork ribs / 0.5 tbsp salt / 0.25 tbsp pepper / 2 tbsp cooking wine / 500 ml vegetable oil / 1 clove garlic / 2 stalks green onion / 1 cm ginger / 0.5 red bell pepper / 0.5 green bell pepper

Step 2

Sweet and sour pork ribs

Sprinkle potato starch over ribs and mix thoroughly until ribs are evenly coated.

50 g potato starch

Step 3

Sweet and sour pork ribs

Fry ribs in vegetable oil in a wok over high heat for approx. 3 – 5 min. until golden brown. Remove from heat and transfer to a sieve set over large bowl to drain oil. Remove any excess oil from wok.


Step 4

Sweet and sour pork ribs

Add green garlic, ginger, and green onion to oil and sauté for approx. 1 min. Then, very carefully add vinegar, sugar, half of water, and salt, and stir to combine. While sauce cooks, combine potato starch and rest of water in small bowl. Return ribs to pan and cook for approx. 1 min. Add bell peppers and stir thoroughly to mix well. Add starch slurry, a bit at a time, to thicken sauce. Enjoy alone or on a bed of rice!

small bowl

3 tbsp black vinegar / 3 tsp sugar / 155 ml water / 0.5 tbsp salt / 50 g potato starch