Sesame ginger ribs are the ideal family dinner when you feel like you need something different. Not only are they hearty, but they also pack a lot of flavor.
A few nights ago, my husband and I were talking about how it’s so easy to get into a rut with dinner rotations. Consequently, I started looking at all the grocery store sale items to see if anything looked good.
I was excited to see the boneless pork ribs on sale. Ironically, that was another conversation we had recently. How can ribs be boneless? Aren’t they, by definition, bones?
Anyway, I decided to try something different besides our favorite southern smoky barbecue sauce. Because we both enjoy food with an Asian flair, I decided on the bottled Sesame Ginger sauce at Harris Teeter. Naturally, since I’m not one to leave sauces as they are, I added stuff to enrich the flavor.
What You Need for Sesame Ginger Ribs
Of course, you’ll need some ribs. I typically like them with the bone in. However, these were a much better price, so I got them without the bone.
I’m excited to have the opportunity to use one of my new 1-1/2 quart slow cookers from the Pioneer Woman collection. I picked up this pair of them for under $20 at Walmart. They’re the ideal size to make dinner for two.
You’ll also need some seasoning, and you have a choice how you want to go about it. Since I prefer to do things the easy way, I chose the bottled sesame ginger sauce. You’ll also need some liquid for the slow cooker. You may use water, but I like to use chicken broth for—you guessed it—the flavor.
How to Prepare Ribs in a Slow Cooker
All you have to do is put the ribs and sauce in the slow cooker, turn it on low, and leave it for about 6 hours. Although you’ll have delicious ribs in a few hours, I like to add more sauce after I remove them.
For the final sauce, I mix more of the sesame ginger sauce, honey, and cayenne pepper. If you don’t care for peppery heat, you can leave it out. I heat that up, either on top of the stove or in the microwave. Then I spoon it over the cooked ribs. Mmm, so delicious!
Important points to consider:
Be careful to avoid overcooking. If you leave the ribs on high heat too long, they will become dry.
As with anything you cook, you can adjust the seasonings according to taste. For a sweeter rib, add more honey. You can even add lemon if you like a balance of sweet and sour.
Serve these ribs with something green to add color to your plate.
What to Serve with Sesame Ginger Ribs
You can serve anything you want because in my world, as long as you like it, anything goes. However, I think rice is a natural accompaniment to anything Asian. And I also like a little broccoli for color and nutrition. Not only will your dinner be delicious, the plates will also be beautiful.
Wally and I don’t always have dessert. But when we do, I like for it to make sense with dinner. For that reason, I think my refreshing granola fruit crisp with ice cream on top is the perfect finale. It’s also super easy to make.
Sesame Ginger Ribs in the Instant Pot
I’ve recently discovered that almost anything you cook in the slow cooker can be made in an Instant Pot. For anyone who prefers to use the pressure-cooking method, cook them in your Instant Pot for 20-25 minutes. They should be just as good. You can also make homemade bean soup and other one-pot meals you’ll find here in an Instant Pot.