How about these Oven Baked Asian Ribs with Crispy Onions for Chinese New Year? Scroll down for our video on exactly how to make these delicious and addictive ribs.Oven Baked Asian Ribs with Crispy Onions on a blue plate

Every so often Chris and I get to go on a ‘work trip’ to London. Usually for an event or occasionally for a course.

When we’re there, we always try to plan in a bit of sight-seeing, shopping and most definitely eating! One of our memorable meals was at at restaurant in Chinatown (we were drawn to it because it also had a cocktail menu…..) that served delicious Asian ribs with a topping of crispy onions and chillies.

Chris eating ribs

The combination of that fall-off-the-bone meat with the salty, hot, crispy onions was sublime (especially with the large Singapore Gin Sling to sate the thirst) and I’ve been meaning to recreate it ever since!

It’s taken me a long time to perfect my recipes for ribs (check out my sticky slow-cooked ribs, BBQ ribs and salt & pepper ribs), but I was pretty confidant I could recreate the rib-part of the meal.

The thing that was stopping me, was the crispy onions part. They were perfect and I just didn’t want to get them wrong!

Close up of Oven Baked Asian Ribs with Crispy Onions on a blue plate with spring onions

I figured they were coated in flour and salt, then deep fried, and to be honest, I just couldn’t be bothered getting the deep fryer out to use just for a topping. So the recipe when on the back burner.


We were shopping at an Asian food store, and I found giant bags of crispy fried onions. Already made, and looking exactly like the onions used on the rib recipe. I greedily bought a huge bag to experiment with. Then a few days later in Tesco, I found they sold them there. And in Morrisons too.


How could I have never seen them before!!!

Anyway, I fried them up (yep, I shallow fried the already-fried things – not very diet friendly), along with some salt, garlic, chillies and spring onions, and yes!!! I could eat a bowl of that instead of popcorn. Probably a fair amount more saturated fat though.

Finding the topping bit so easy, I decided to experiment with the ribs. I usually slow cook my ribs, then finish them off by frying and adding a glaze.

This time I marinated them and cooked them in the oven very slowly. Finishing them off with extra marinade and brown sugar. So gooood!


How about these Oven Baked Asian Ribs with Crispy Onions for Chinese New Year? Slow cooked in the oven until tender, then brushed with a sticky marinade and finished with crispy onions!

For these Asian ribs I was going for that char-sui red colour you see on certain Asian-style meat dishes, but following a little investigation, I found that a lot of recipes either use red food colouring, or red bean curd paste to get the colour.
I didn’t want to use the food colouring, and I couldn’t find the red bean curd anywhere, so I decided to use Gochujang – which is a naturally deep red colour, that also has the benefit of adding a kick of heat to the marinade.

The resulting ribs, although not bright red (just a hint of red), tasted amazing, and the crispy onions finished the dish off perfectly. They were so good, I ended up making them for our New Year’s Eve dinner, along with special fried rice and sweet and sour chicken. Chris also made some prawn toasts, which was literally the best prawn toast I’ve ever eaten. I’ll get that one up on the blog too.

A long and round-about way to recreate those ribs from that meal out in London, but this one really is a keeper. And a great addition to the Chinese New Year menu too!

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Oven Baked Asian Ribs with Crispy Onions

How about these Oven Baked Asian Ribs with Crispy Onions for Chinese New Year? Slow cooked in the oven until tender, then brushed with a sticky marinade and finished with crispy onions!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 10 Ribs
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Sides
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese



Onion and Chilli Topping:

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 3-4 Chillies a mixture of red and green, finely chopped (I use fresno variety, but use your favourite)
  • 100 g (1 1/3 cups) shop-bought crispy onions
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 spring onions (scallions) roughly chopped
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  • Place the ribs in a large bowl or bag. Mix all of the remaining rib ingredients -except the brown sugar - together to form a marinade. Pour half of the marinade on the ribs and toss to fully coat. Cover the other half of the marinade and place in the fridge. Cover the ribs and marinade in the fridge for 2 hours (up to overnight).
    10 meaty pork ribs, 1 heaped tbsp Gochuchang paste, 3 tbsp hoisin sauce, 4 tbsp light soy sauce, 2 tbsp honey, 2 cloves garlic, 1 tsp minced ginger, 1 tsp Chinese five spice powder, 1/2 tsp lemongrass paste, 2 tbsp dry sherry
  • Once the ribs have marinated, preheat the oven to 110C/225F (fan). Place a rack over a baking tray and pour 400ml (approx 1 + 3/4 cups) of boiling water into the tray. Place the ribs on the rack in a single layer and place in the oven for 2 and a half hours.
  • After 2 and a half hours, brush the remaining marinade onto the ribs and sprinkle on the brown sugar. Place back in the oven for 30 minutes.
    2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • Meanwhile, make the onion and chilli topping. Heat the oil in a small frying pan (skillet). Add the garlic and chillies and fry on a medium heat for a few seconds, then add in the onions and salt. Heat, stirring regularly for 2-3 minutes until heated through. Add the spring onions and stir through for a minute, then turn of the heat.
    2 tbsp vegetable oil, 2 cloves garlic, 3-4 Chillies, 100 g (1 1/3 cups) shop-bought crispy onions, 1/2 tsp salt, 4 spring onions (scallions)
  • Remove the ribs from the oven and place on a serving plate. Sprinkle on the onion topping and serve.



The nutritional information for this recipe is per rib.


Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 774mg | Potassium: 356mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 20.8mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1.6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Linda says:

    Hi Nicky – a similar ribs recipe I followed recently gave the instruction to simmer the ribs in boiling water for about half an hour to tenderise before marinating and finishing in the oven for approximately a further half hour. The ribs turned out wonderful. I’m keen to try this recipe, do you think it would be possible to use the same method?

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Hi Linda, yes, I think if your ribs were still lovely and tender then that would work well for this recipe too.

  2. Jenn says:

    I made these ribs last night for a dinner party starter and they were amazing! Only issue was that after the 3hra of cooking they were still pretty raw 😖 I blasted in the microwave for 15mins and then returned to the oven on a high heat for 5-10mins and they were grand then phew! Next time I may cook them on a little higher temp, maybe 150C for the 2.5hrs and then turn it up for the last 30mins

  3. Ashley Upperton says:

    5 stars
    Excellent. Best rib recipe ever. Thanks.
    Q: Have steam oven could I use this somehow in the cooking of the ribs?

    1. Chris Corbishley says:

      Hi Ashley,

      You could add low steam for the initial cooking stages. Then turn steam off when you add the brown sugar at the end.



      1. Sarah says:

        Q. Could these be done In a slow cooker

  4. Steve says:

    5 stars
    Ribs are my favourite to order from a Chinese take away. We made these on friday for our fake away night and WOW, so delicious. We found some crispy onions in Sainsbury. Definitely making these again.

  5. Sue R says:

    Hi Nicky. Love the recipe and will pin it. I always have the fried onions in my fridge as it’s humid here and they last for ages. No need to really fry them as they are already fried. I buy mine from the Asian supermarket.

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Thanks Sue, glad you like it. I think you’re right, you can get away without frying them too. This time I wanted them hot, but I think they’d be great without heating too.

  6. kathy says:

    Your local grocery store would carry fried onions as well.

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Thanks Kathy, I haven’t seen them in any of my smaller local stores – but that could be because I’m in the UK maybe? I have seen them in larger stores.