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5 from 2 votes

Asian Pork Riblets

Saucy, sticky, glazy. A little Korean, a little Chinese. These Asian Pork Riblets were one of my favorites from Halmoni's kitchen. Now they can be yours, too.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian, Fusion Food
Keyword: Asian, Ribs
Servings: 4
Author: The Subversive Table | Lis Lam


  • 3 lbs Asian style riblets
  • 3 inch fresh ginger thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar (regular white vinegar also works, if you don't have rice vinegar)
  • 1/4 (packed) cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar (at end of cooking process)


  • Cut pork riblets into 1 to 2-inch sections, between bone segments. They should all be roughly the same size. Set aside.
    pork riblets cut into sections on dark cutting board with bowl of riblets on the side
  • Heat 1 Tbsp neutral oil in a stock pot over medium high heat. When the oil shimmers, add ginger and stir until golden and crispy looking, about 1 minute.
    stainless steel pot with ginger slices
  • Add pork riblets and stir until slightly browned, about 2-5 minutes.
  • Add soy sauce, dark soy sauce, 2 Tbsp rice vinegar, and brown sugar. Stir until the pork riblets are well coated, about 2 minutes. Cover and lower heat to medium low. Simmer until pork riblets are tender, about 18-22 minutes. Stir about halfway through to make sure the riblets are evenly coated with sauce.
    how to make asian pork riblets with ingredients in stock pot and wooden spoon
  • Remove lid and raise heat to medium. There will be a lot of liquid in the pot. Simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated, leaving a dark and sticky glaze, about 10-12 minutes. Turn off heat and immediately add remaining 1 tsp rice vinegar, stirring thoroughly.
  • Serve immediately with rice and green vegetable of your choice. Enjoy!
    plate of asian pork riblets with pot of rice and plate of green vegetables on the side


*The extra 1 tsp rice vinegar added at the end of the cooking process adds TONS of flavor!  Don't forget this important last step!