Saturday, June 14, 2014

Saturday Recipe

I have recently been inundated with recommendations for Father’s Day, including this recipe. Nothing wrong with the recipe but neither my father, nor my husband, would be particularly anxious to eat them. Nor to receive all the other items I have seen suggested.  They recommend Zinfandel as a pairing. Zinfandel is one of my favourite wines.

Crispy Deep-Fried Ribs

Food and Wine
Contributed by Oola

One reason these ribs are so impossibly good is that they're braised for hours and then deep-fried so they're super crisp. The sauce—which includes ketchup and plenty of garlic—was originally concocted for chicken Crispy Deep Fried Ribswings.

  1. 14 large garlic cloves—8 peeled and smashed, 6 minced
  2. 1/2 cup sliced fresh ginger plus 1/4 cup minced (6 ounces total)
  3. 6 scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
  4. 4 star anise pods
  5. 3 cups soy sauce
  6. 2 quarts water
  7. 2 cups ginger ale
  8. 1/2 cup dry white wine
  9. Strips of zest and juice from 1 navel orange
  10. 1 cup granulated sugar
  11. 1/2 cup cilantro stems plus 1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
  12. 3 racks of baby back ribs (5 1/2 pounds)
  13. 1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus more for frying
  14. 2 cups lightly packed brown sugar
  15. 1 cup ketchup
  16. 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  17. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  18. 1/2 cup cornstarch
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. In a large roasting pan, combine the smashed garlic with the sliced ginger, scallion whites, star anise, 1 1/2 cups of the soy sauce, the water, ginger ale, white wine, orange zest and juice, granulated sugar and cilantro stems. Set the pan over 2 burners and bring to a boil over moderately high heat.
  2. Add the baby back ribs to the roasting pan, cover tightly with foil and bake for about 2 hours, or until the ribs are very tender. Let cool to room temperature, then spread the ribs out in a single layer on a baking sheet and refrigerate until chilled and firm, about 30 minutes. Discard the braising liquid.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat 1/4 cup of the vegetable oil. Add the minced garlic and ginger and the scallion greens and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of soy sauce, the brown sugar, ketchup and crushed red pepper and bring to a boil. Cook over moderately high heat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and add the chopped cilantro. Transfer the rib sauce to a large bowl.
  4. In a large, sturdy pot, heat 1 1/2 inches of vegetable oil to 375°. In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the cornstarch. Cut the racks into individual ribs. Toss the ribs in the flour mixture and shake off the excess. Working in batches, fry the ribs until the coating is lightly golden and crisp, about 2 minutes. Transfer the ribs to paper towels to drain briefly, then add them to the sauce in the bowl and toss to coat. Pile on a platter and serve hot.
Make Ahead The recipe can be prepared through Step 3; refrigerate the ribs and sauce separately for up to 2 days.

Suggested Pairing

Zinfandel, with its voluptuous berry-driven flavour and modest tannins, makes a nice match for these equally over-the-top ribs. While the greatest Zinfandels are often single-vineyard wines from ancient vines, some moderately priced California Zins instead gain complexity by blending fruit from different regions.

Have a great day.


  1. I asked Russell if he'd eat these and he said, 'ew no'. And he loves ribs. I've never heard of anyone deep frying ribs before!

    1. I thought they sounded good JoJo. I'm surprised Russell said ew. It's just a different way of making ribs and I love crispy anything.

  2. Hi Jo - sounds delicious .. but a once in blue moon meal!!! And I don't think I'd have Zinfandel with them .. not sure what I'd drink .. but a good recipe for a party piece if you've lots of men around and a sprinkling of ladies who like to try!!

    Cheers Hilary

    1. Lots of ladies eat ribs over here. I really enjoy zinfandels, so would have no problem with that.

  3. This sounds soooo good. But I don't think it would agree with my tummy.

    1. Tummies can be so inconsiderate that way.

  4. Hi Jo,

    That's exactly the type of recipe I should of gotten my son to cook up for Father's Day. Maybe next year. It looks fantastic. Hope you had a lovely Sunday, Jo.


    1. It's a long time to wait, ask him to cook them for you anyway.

  5. We have Father's Day in September here but I think our Mother's Day is the same as yours. Those ribs look divine. Scotto would absolutely love them. Great recipe.

    1. Well Mothering Sunday is a different date in the UK. Makes it a tad confusing. I think they look good too.