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Chinese Steamed Spare Rib

This recipe is about a Chinese steamed spare rib dish made together with Chinese black beans, ginger, red chillies and garlic, healthy, light and tasty. 

One of our family’s favourite dishes is the spare rib by red cooking (braised), such as the red cooked ribs and potato, in which the ribs are browned first with seasonings then slowly cooked till meat is completely softened and gets all flavours.

This time I am trying something different, so here comes this recipe for Chinese steamed spare rib. It is very easy to make, first marinate the ribs with seasonings, Chinese black beans, ginger, garlic and red chillies, then put in the steamer, that’s it!

Chinese Steamed Spare Ribs

I shared this new dish with friends this weekend and they liked it. I loved it too. The meat is tender and has lots flavour. Most important, you don’t need add oil even, so it is pretty healthy as well, extra plus!:)

Chinese Steamed Ribs Dishes.

Prep Time: 30 mins  Cook Time: 30 ~ 60 mins


•  600g spare ribs
•  1 tbsp Chinese chilli bean paste
•  3 tbsp light soy sauce 
•  1 tbsp Chinese black beans
•  1 red hot chili (medium size)
•  ginger (thumb size)
•  3 clove garlic
•  one spring onion

Method for Chinese Steamed Spare Rib

•  First to prepare the ingredients, chop the red chili, ginger, garlic and spring onion. Set spring onions aside.

Chinese Ingredients

•  Mix Chinese chili bean paste, light soy sauce, chopped red chili, ginger and garlic with the ribs. Adjust flavour with salt and sugar if you prefer a heavier taste. Marinate for about 30 minutes.

When I prepared this dish, I marinated the ribs overnight to make sure the rib got the flavour. You may not need do this long, but normally it is recommended for 20~30 minutes. 

Chinese Spare Rib Marinate

•  Once marinated, put the ribs in the steamer. If you like the ribs to have a bite, 30 minutes will be enough. But I prefer the ribs to be fully softened and easy off the bone, so I steamed for more than one hour.

•  Before finishing, add the spring onions on the top. Serve hot.

Chinese Steamed Ribs

•  I also made another version of this dish, by adding some chopped tomatoes, which tastes slightly different but nice too. I guess if add some ketchup it could be better:)

Chinese Steamed Rib & Tomato
Chinese Steamed Rib & Tomato

•  Be aware that it will have liquid in the container, so it is better to use a container with a depth, otherwise, the liquid may come out and the dish would lose some flavour.
•  There is no need to add oil but if you prefer, you may add some sesame oil for additional flavour.

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(Post: 02/09/2015)

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