Chinese Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs

This sweet and sour dish is made with tender and succulent spare ribs. The whole family will love these sticky ribs.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
21 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
51 mins
4 servings


  • 1 pound pork spare ribs, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons rice wine, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying

  • cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup water

  • 2 teaspoons Chinese black vinegar


  1. Combine pork ribs, soy sauce, 1 teaspoon rice wine, and salt in a large bowl. Marinate in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

  2. Heat oil in a wok or deep saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook ribs in the hot oil until golden brown and no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes.

  3. Bring remaining 1 teaspoon rice wine, sugar, and water to a boil in a saucepan. Stir in ribs; reduce heat and simmer until flavors combine, about 5 minutes. Stir in black vinegar. Increase heat to high; cook and stir until sauce thickens and coats the ribs, 1 to 2 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Black vinegar is a dark vinegar made of glutinous rice and malt, popular in Chinese cuisine. You may find it in Asian shops or online. In a pinch, use malt vinegar.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

367 Calories
26g Fat
18g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 367
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 644mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 15g
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 179mg 4%

* 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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