Twice-Fried Chinese Salt and Pepper Spare Ribs

Twice-Fried Chinese Salt and Pepper Spare Ribs

Twice-fried Chinese salt and pepper spare ribs are a wonderfully crispy take on a regional classic dish.
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  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Stir-fry the salt and black pepper in a heavy frying pan over medium-low heat, shaking the pan, until the salt darkens.
  3. Step 3

    Remove from the heat and stir-in the five-spice powder. Cool.
  4. Step 4

    Cut the spareribs along the individual bones. Rub lightly with salt and pepper mixture. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  5. Step 5

    Preheat the oil for deep-frying to between 360 and 375 F.
  6. Step 6

    Dust the spareribs with the cornstarch.
  7. Step 7

    Use a deep-fryer basket to carefully add the ribs into the oil. Deep-fry the submerged spareribs for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove and drain.
  8. Step 8

    Deep-fry the spareribs a second time. Until they are crispy and cooked (about 1 minute). Drain.
  9. Step 9

    Serve with any remaining salt and pepper mix for dipping.