Ribs in Spicy Coconut Herb Sauce Recipe

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Ribs In Spicy Coconut Herb Sauce Recipe


  • 2 sides park baby back ribs or your favorite ribs
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons chapped cilantro sprigs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint leaves


  • 4 cloves garlic — finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced ginger
  • 1 cup coconut milk — unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons Thai or Vietnamese fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • zest from 1 lime — finely minced.
  • 1 teaspoon chile sauce
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice


  1. Ask the butcher to cut the ribs across the bone, into 2-inch-wide strips.
  2. Remove the membrane from the underside of the ribs.
  3. Then cut each strip into 6-inch lengths.
  4. To make the sauce, combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  5. Stir well.
  6. To braise the ribs, place a heavy stewpot over medium heat.
  7. Add the cooking oil.
  8. When the oil gives off little wisps of smoke, add the ribs.
  9. Fry the ribs until they are lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  10. Tip out and discard the oil.
  11. Add the sauce to the pot holding the ribs.
  12. Bring to a low boil, cover the pot, and decrease the heat to low so the sauce is at a simmer Cook the ribs until the meat is tender; about 1 hour.
  13. About every 15 minutes during cooking, stir the ribs,.
  14. Temporally remove the ribs from the pot and, using strips of paper towels, lift off all oil that is floating on the surface of the sauce.
  15. Return the ribs to the pot and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes, to heat through.
  16. If you do not plan to serve the ribs within the hour; they may be refrigerated in the sauce up to 24 hours before returning the ribs to a simmer.
  17. Mix the cornstarch with an equal amount of cold water.
  18. Stir in just enough of the cornstarch mixture to lightly thicken the sauce.
  19. Chop the herbs and stir them into the sauce.
  20. You can keep the ribs warm for up to 1 hour, on lowest heat, before serving.
  21. Serve the ribs glazed in the sauce.

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