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Braised Spare Ribs Recipe


  • 1 rack pork or beef spare ribs, about 3 pounds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon instant dashi or chicken boullion
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon sake
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • green onion for garnish


  • Using a sharp knife, separate each rib for easier cooking.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the ribs and cook breifly for 3 to 4 minutes to help remove excess fat and blood from the meat.
  • Drain the ribs in the sink.
  • In a wide skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium high heat. Oncehot, add the ribs and garlic and cook for a few minutes on either side until nicely browned.
  • While the ribs are browning, prepare the sauce. Mix the salt, pepper, dashi, brown sugar, soy sauce, mirin, sake, and vinegar with a few cups of water, enough to cover the ribs. The water will cook down, so it doesn’t have to be exact!
  • Once the ribs have browned, add them to the water. Cover and let simmer for 1 to 2 hours until the liquid has been reduced.
  • Once the water gets low you need to watch it carefully, it can burn!