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Deep Fried Spicy Salt & Pepper Spareribs

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Deep Fried Spicy Salt and Pepper Spareribs
2010-07-24 Other
2.9 9

Spicy salt and pepper mix lends flavor to deep-fried spareribs. Feel free to substitute Szechuan peppercorns for the black pepper.

  • Servings: 4 to 6
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes


3 Pounds
Boneless Meaty Spareribs or Small Pork Shoulder
2 Tablespoons
Sea Salt
2 Teaspoons
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
¼ Teaspoon
Five-spice Powder
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
3 Cups
Oil, for deep-frying
or As Needed
3 Tablespoons
or As Needed


1. Stir-fry the salt and black pepper in a heavy frying pan over medium-low heat, shaking the pan, until the salt darkens. Remove from the heat and stir-in the five-spice powder and cayenne. Cool.

2. Cut the spareribs along the individual bones. Rub lightly with salt and pepper mixture. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

3. Preheat the oil for deep-frying to between 360 and 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Dust the spareribs with the cornstarch. Use a deep-fryer basket to CAREFULLY add the ribs into the oil. Deep-fry the submerged spareribs for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove and drain.

4. Bring oil back to temperature. Deep-fry the spareribs a second time, until they are crispy and cooked (about 1 minute). Drain.

5. Serve with any remaining salt and pepper mix for dipping. --- aka --- Grandpaskip

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