Sesame Ginger Ribs – Slow Cooker Dinner

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.

Sesame ginger ribs with sauce on a plate with lettuce
Sesame Ginger Ribs

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.

Pioneer Woman 1-1/2 Quart Slow Cookers

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.

Bottle of sesame ginger sauce, carton of chicken broth, and package of boneless pork ribs
Ingredients for sesame ginger ribs

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.

Sesame ginger ribs on a plate with lettuce and a bowl of extra sauce on the side

Other Wonderful Food Blogs I Follow

Since food is such an important part of my life, I enjoy reading other people’s food blogs for fun. Here are some I like:
Back to My Southern Roots
Make It to Friday
Southern Plate
Southern Bite
Julia’s Simply Southern
Big Bear’s Wife
Mrs. Happy Homemaker
Marilyn’s Treats
Sweet Little Bluebird
Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
The Country Cook

Yield: 4 servings

Sesame Ginger Ribs

Sesame Ginger Ribs
These flavorful sesame ginger ribs are easy to cook in a slow cooker. The combination of Asian flavor and the heartiness will satisfy your hunger for hours.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 pound of pork ribs (I used boneless) cut to fit slow cooker
  • 1 cup of bottled sesame ginger sauce
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • Cayenne pepper to taste


  1. Spray the inside of a slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Layer the ribs and 3/4 cup of the sesame ginger sauce.
  3. Pour the chicken broth into the slow cooker to ensure you have enough liquid.
  4. Put the lid on the pot and cook on low for 6 hours. The ribs should be cooked all the way through.
  5. Make the sauce for topping the ribs by combining the remaining sesame ginger sauce, honey, and cayenne. Stir well. Heat this sauce, either in a small saucepan or in the microwave.
  6. Plate the ribs and spoon the topping sauce over them.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 449 Total Fat 28g Saturated Fat 8g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 12g Cholesterol 94mg Sodium 727mg Carbohydrates 31g Fiber 1g Sugar 24g Protein 20g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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