Chinese Boneless Spare Ribs (Oven, Air Fryer & Crock Pot)
These boneless Chinese ribs are ridiculously easy to make! You can make these spare ribs in three ways: the oven, the air fryer and the clay pot!
We are in love with Chinese food recipes! Be sure to try our homemade sauce for sautéing that we use in almost everything… This delicious slow cooker Mongolian chicken recipe and this easy roast chicken and broccoli!
What exactly are boneless ribs?
This used to confuse me a bit, I also have to admit it. Boneless ribs are not really ribs, they are pieces of pork that have been cut into strips.
You can use pork chops or pork loin to make boneless ribs, just cut the pork into pieces the size you see here and you’re good to go!
These boneless Chinese ribs taste the same as they can, but even better. There’s no crazy red food coloring (although some recipes say you can add it) But I mean, no, thank you.
If I’m making Chinese food recipes, or any recipe really, why would I take all that homemade goodness and add food coloring? One bite of these spare ribs and you’ll realize that color doesn’t matter at all.
How are boneless Chinese ribs made?
Easy ideas for dining like this are in our constant rotation. We don’t live in an area that has a lot of food delivery options, so if we want Chinese food, we have to go out and get it.
Once you make this pork recipe, you’re going to have pork chops at the grocery store every week! Pork chops are usually very cheap, so if you are on a budget or feed a large family, this Chinese food recipe will cost you much less to carry.
I have made this recipe for you in 3 ways. Oven, air fryer and slow cooker. Each cooking option is equally delicious, it just depends on what you have time to make. The photos of the process here are done in the oven, but the other cooking methods are so easy that you won’t need a picture to show you!
Once you have marinated the pork (the longer, the better) place them on a wire rack on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil. Don’t forget the foil here, it makes cleaning so easy!
While the pork is in the oven, make the sauce by pouring the marinade into a pot. Boil the marinade, then add your favorite barbecue sauce and let it simmer.
Bake the boneless ribs in the oven, then take them out and spread them with the sauce… And they will look like this.
Can you make this recipe ahead of time?
Only marinate pork should be done first. But the actual cooking time is so fast that you won’t need to make this recipe ahead of time.
I have to say that these boneless ribs are best when first cooked, but no one in my family complains that they will reheat the next day, either.
Reheat these ribs for a few seconds in the microwave until hot and serve with broccoli or steamed rice. Or just eat them as they are for a low-carb meal!
Here is a summary of each cooking method for you…
these boneless ribs in the oven is the most common way to do it and it’s amazing. The crispy edges of pork really can’t be beat, and you’re only talking about 15 minutes of cooking time!
Then I tried this same pork recipe in my air fryer. If you have an air fryer, promise me you will try it this way! Now we’re only talking about 8 minutes from start to finish and you still get those crispy edges like the oven. I also think pork cooked this way could be juicier than when baked in the oven.
Slow cooker: Using a
clay pot or slow cooker for this pork recipe will result in a much softer piece of pork. Obviously, you won’t get the crispy edges, which is my favorite part of this recipe, but you’ll still love the result.
I would choose this cooking method if you are looking for a more tender piece of pork and if you are looking to return home to get dinner ready.
Looking for more pork recipes?
- Pork taquitos with honey and mustard
- Our favorite shredded pork
- Slow Cooker Party Ribs Thai Coconut Pork Tablets