These ribs are Miles and Toon’s faaaavorite, and it’s (nearly) impossible to f*ck up (yes, Mom almost burned down the house making these before, but I swear they’re super easy). This recipe is similar to the Thai-Soy Garlic Fried Ribs from my second book, but we gave it a little twist! As with any recipe, you can always adjust to your taste – substitute cilantro for coriander or add more pepper or more garlic, whatever you want.

P.S. this is a great snack for all of the sports games. GO SPORTS! GO KICKERS!

Pepper’s Garlic and Soy Fried Ribs

Serves 4-6

  • 20 cloves garlic
  • 1 cilantro root (you can find this in Asian supermarkets or some farmers markets), or 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/3 cup light soy sauce
  • 1 rack baby rack ribs, cut into individual ribs (halved lengthwise if your butcher can do that!)
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 6-8 cups vegetable oil, for frying

Combine the garlic and cilantro root (or ground coriander) in a mortar and pestle and pound until roughly minced (you don’t want the garlic too small so don’t use a garlic press here; you can also do this on a cutting board with a knife). Place the garlic and cilantro/coriander in a large bowl and add the soy sauce and as much pepper as you like (Pepper likes a lot of pepper).

Add the ribs and, using your hands or a silicone spatula, toss the ribs in the marinade and marinate for at least 15 minutes and up to 24 hours (if you’re marinating for more than 2 hours, pop them in the fridge)

Heat the oil in a large, heavy Dutch oven to 375°F or until a piece of white bread sizzles and starts to turn golden right when you toss it in.

Working in batches, fry the ribs just-cooked and well browned, about 3 minutes. bringing the oil back to 375°F between batches. Use a Chinese spider or slotted spoon to remove the ribs from the oil, drain briefly and place in a bowl.

Scoop up any remaining garlic from the marinade bowl and fry until golden and tender, 1 minute. Scoop it out of the oil and top the cooked ribs with the garlic.