Sticky Sesame Ginger Ribs

clock 15 minutes + 2 hours bowl Serves 6


  • 5 ribs per person, depending on size
  • 3 cups water
  • 397 g char siu sauce (Chinese barbecue sauce)
  • 1/4 cup sweet chilli sauce
  • 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp Chinese five spice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 spring onions, for garnish
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  • 1. Preheat oven to 165ºC (145°C fan forced). Arrange the ribs in a deep roasting tray. Combine water and half the char siu sauce. Pour over the ribs and cover with foil. Cook for 11/2 hours, checking once to turn the ribs.

  • 2. Combine remaining char siu sauce, sweet chilli, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds, five spice, soy sauce and orange zest and juice.

  • 3. Increase oven temperature to 185ºC (165°C fan forced). Remove ribs from oven and drain, reserving half a cup of liquid, and arrange in a single layer on lined shallow roasting trays.

  • 4. Whisk the ribs’ stock into the sauce mixture and brush generously over each rib. Cook for 20-30 minutes, adding extra sauce once or twice until glazed and sticky.

  • 5. Garnish with spring onions before serving.

  • Tip: Ensure you have finger bowls of warm water for guests.

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