Filipino Ribs


Spareribs glazed with the sweet, tangy taste of the Philippines. One of the honey coating ingredients, star anise, is native to China; it is a star-shaped, dark brown pod that contains a pea-sized seed in each of its eight segments. Star anise is available at all Asian markets as well as many general grocery stores.

10 to 12 servings


  • 6 pounds pork spareribs

  • 2 medium onions, cut into wedges

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 6 whole star anise pods

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

  • ½ cup honey

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Place ribs in a 5 to 6 quart stock pot with the 2 wedged onions, 4 tablespoons of the soy sauce, pepper and star anise. Bring all to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low, cover and let simmer in meat juices until ribs are tender when pierced, about 1 1/4 hours. Stir occasionally.

  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add remaining chopped onion and saute, stirring often, until onion is soft. Blend in the ginger, honey, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and remaining 2 tablespoons of soy sauce. Cook all together, stirring, until well blended. Remove from heat.

  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  4. Using tongs, remove ribs from stock pot and arrange in a single layer in an 11x16 inch baking dish. Brush evenly with the honey mixture and bake in the preheated oven, basting often with pan drippings, about 30 minutes or until ribs are well glazed.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

773 Calories
59g Fat
19g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 11
Calories 773
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 59g 76%
Saturated Fat 19g 94%
Cholesterol 198mg 66%
Sodium 710mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 3mg 17%
Calcium 54mg 4%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 697mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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