Mom's Stovetop Pork Ribs


This is how my Brazilian mom prepares pork ribs. Boiling the ribs with the seasonings ensures that the meat will remain moist and juicy, and that the flavors will fully penetrate the meat. I hope you like these as much as I always have! Serve with lime wedges, rice and a fresh green salad.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
6 servings


  • 10 pork spareribs

  • ½ cup soy sauce

  • 10 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • 10 sprigs fresh parsley

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 limes, cut into wedges


  1. Place the spareribs into a large pot, and fill with just enough water to cover. Add the soy sauce, garlic, rosemary, oregano, bay leaves, lime juice and 3/4 of the parsley. Bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered over medium heat until the water has completely evaporated, about 25 minutes.

  2. When all of the water is gone, remove the bay leaves, and allow meat to brown, turning occasionally. Use a spatula to scrape up browned bits and softened garlic from the bottom of the pot, and toss them with the pork. The garlic will dissolve onto the meat. Remove the meat, and drain on paper towels. Season with black pepper and garnish with lime wedges and remaining parsley.


If you wish to use fresh herbs in place of the dry, double the amounts.

Cilantro may be used in place of the parsley.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

461 Calories
32g Fat
11g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 461
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 125mg 42%
Sodium 1327mg 58%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 74mg 371%
Calcium 157mg 12%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 710mg 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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