Crispy Chinese Salt and Pepper Ribs: A Flavorful Delight

If you’re a fan of ribs, prepare to have your taste buds tantalized with this delectable recipe. The combination of crispy and tender textures, along with the unique flavors of Sichuan peppercorn and salt, make these Chinese salt and pepper ribs a mouthwatering treat.


Exploring Sichuan Cuisine

Sichuan cuisine is renowned for its bold flavors and the clever blend of spices. One particularly distinctive flavor is the Sichuan-style salt and pepper. This flavor is achieved by frying Sichuan peppercorn with salt until it releases its enticing aroma. The resulting mixture is then ground into a powder, creating a seasoning that is unlike any other.

Crafting Sichuan-Style Salt and Pepper

To create the perfect Sichuan-style salt and pepper, follow these simple steps:

  1. Toss 3 tablespoons of Sichuan peppercorn and 1 tablespoon of salt over low heat until aromatic and the salt turns slightly brown.
  2. Allow the mixture to cool completely before grinding it into a fine powder.
  3. Store the salt and pepper powder in an airtight container for up to one month.


Tips for Perfect Ribs

Before we dive into the main recipe, here are a few tips to ensure your salt and pepper ribs turn out spectacularly:

  1. After soaking the ribs, make sure to drain them completely. Any excess water can affect the final flavor.
  2. For the best results, marinate the ribs for a longer period. Overnight marinating is recommended, but at least 4 hours is necessary.
  3. Select ribs from younger pigs to ensure tenderness.
  4. After coating the ribs with flour, allow them to rest for 10 to 15 minutes to ensure the egg and flour bind properly.
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The Cooking Process Unveiled

Now that we have all the necessary knowledge, let’s delve into the cooking process for these mouthwatering ribs:

  1. Begin by soaking the ribs in clean water for 30 minutes, changing the water at least once. This step ensures any impurities are removed.
  2. Drain the ribs thoroughly and marinate them with all the ingredients (except the egg and coating flour) for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Just before cooking, crack an egg and mix it with the ribs.
  4. Coat the ribs with potato flour or starch approximately 10 to 15 minutes before frying.


  1. Heat oil in a pan until fine small bubbles form around a chopstick when inserted. Fry the ribs over low heat for 6 to 8 minutes. It is recommended to fry the ribs in two batches to ensure even cooking. Remove and strain any excess oil.


  1. In a separate pan, add ½ tablespoon of oil and fry the garlic, ginger, and fresh peppers until aromatic. Add the cooked ribs to the pan and toss them with salt and pepper. For extra seasoning, serve with additional salt and pepper.


The result? A plate of irresistible, crispy salt and pepper ribs that will have you reaching for seconds. The combination of flavors and textures is truly a culinary experience that cannot be missed.


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