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Mouthwatering Asian-style pork ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender

Rowena Dumlao-Giardina resides in Italy, cooking and photographing her family's interesting meals on Apron and Sneakers. After moving to Italy in 1999 from the Philippines, she has traveled extensively around the country and the rest of ...

These oven-baked orange-soy ribs are totally worth the wait

Treat yourself and your family to some Asian home-cooked, fall-off-the-fork pork ribs with fried rice for dinner tonight.

When I think of pork ribs, the only thing I can think of is having them so tender that they fall off my fork. I never say no to pork ribs, especially when they are so tasty and delicious. They usually are because of the long and slow cooking in the oven. With the slow cooking, the spice rub and sauce get absorbed by the meat slowly. The result is always a winner, whatever flavor it is.

These oven-baked orange-soy ribs are totally worth the wait

With the ribs, I am sharing a recipe for a pepper and pea fried rice dish. If you are ready, then we should start, because this meal takes almost 3-1/2 hours to prepare. It's worth it, though, for a rewarding and delicious dinner.

These oven-baked orange-soy ribs are totally worth the wait

Oven-baked orange-soy pork ribs recipe

Pork ribs are most delicious when they are cooked for a long time and absorb all the flavors of the sauce, but the best part is when they fall off the bones. Here is a simple but long (baking) recipe I matched with mixed roasted pepper and pea rice.

Serves 2

Prep time: 10 minutes | Bake time: 3 hours 15 minutes | Total time: 3 hours 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 pounds pork ribs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
  • 1 large garlic clove, grated or minced
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ginger, grated or minced
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • Fresh parsley, roughly chopped (optional)

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper, and then rub the mixture onto the ribs. Next, rub the garlic and 1 teaspoon of ginger onto both sides.
  3. Wrap the ribs in aluminum foil, or place them into a baking pan, and cover with an aluminum foil.
  4. Bake for 2 hours.
  5. While baking, prepare the sauce. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the orange juice, soy sauce, sugar, water and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of ginger. Let simmer until the sauce thickens slightly, about 25 minutes.
  6. Remove the ribs from the oven, and brush them with the orange-soy sauce. Cover the ribs again, and bake for another hour.
  7. Raise the temperature to 400 degrees F.
  8. Remove the ribs, and brush them again abundantly with the sauce, but leave some for the rice. When the oven has reached 400 degrees F, uncover the ribs, and bake for another 15 minutes.
  9. Before serving, garnish with parsley, if using.
  10. Serve with the rice (recipe below).

Mixed roasted pepper and pea fried rice recipe

This rice makes the perfect side dish to the oven-baked ribs.

Serves 2

Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes | Total time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup roasted peppers, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 3 tablespoons orange-soy sauce (the sauce made for the ribs, recipe above)
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • Salt

Directions:

  1. In a medium to large saucepan with olive oil over low-medium heat, sauté the peppers and peas.
  2. Toss for 5 to 10 minutes (5 minutes if using fresh peas, 10 minutes if using frozen), and then add the rice. Mix well.
  3. Add the orange-soy sauce and sesame seeds.
  4. Add salt and olive oil, if needed.
  5. Serve with the ribs.

More pork rib recipes

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Mexican-spiced baby back ribs with chipotle-honey glaze
Drool-worthy Korean short ribs

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