Pork Spare Ribs With Sticky Orange Sauce

Pork Spare Ribs With Sticky Orange Sauce

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 3
Author Connie Veneracion


  • 1.2 kilograms pork spare ribs
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seed oil
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 2 to 2 and 1/2 cups Mandarin orange juice (preferably freshly squeezed) or unsweetened and undiluted commercial orange juice
  • salt to taste
  • sugar optional
  • 1 cup mandarin orange segments
  • 1/2 cup sliced scallions


  • Wipe the ribs dry with a kitchen towel.
  • Heat the sesame seed oil in a shallow pan wide enough to accommodate the ribs in a single layer.
  • Drop the ribs in the hot oil making sure they don't overlap. Cook over high heat to sear the ribs. Give them quarter turns for even browning.
  • Sprinkle the grated ginger over the browned ribs.
  • Pour in the soy sauce, balsamic vinegar and mirin. Swirl the pan a few times to mix the liquids together. Bring to the boil and cook uncovered for about five minutes, turning the ribs a few times.
  • Pour the orange juice over the ribs and sprinkle in about a teaspoonful of salt. Bring to the boil, lower the heat, cover the pan tightly and cook the ribs for about an hour or until the meat is tender.
  • Taste the sauce. If it needs more salt, add some. You may also add some sugar if you prefer a sweeter sauce. If you used commercial orange juice, you will likely need to add some sugar.
  • Turn up the heat and continue cooking the ribs until the sauce is sticky and almost dry. During the last few minutes, turn the ribs around to caramelize as much of the surface as possible.
  • Arrange the ribs on a serving plate. Drizzle whatever sauce is left in the pan over them. Garnish with mandarin orange segments and sliced scallions.
  • Serve your pork spare ribs with sticky orange sauce while hot.


If you want to cook this dish in advance, do not add the mandarin orange segments and sliced scallions after cooking. Cool the ribs, transfer to a covered container and keep in the fridge overnight.
To reheat, place the ribs in a heatproof bowl, cover tightly and steam. DO NOT reheat directly in a pan. There is so little liquid in the dish that the meat might scorch before getting heated through. So, use a steamer.
After reheating, arrange the ribs on a serving plate and garnish with the mandarin orange segments and sliced scallions.