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Fried Ribs

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These deep fried ribs feature a golden brown, seasoned crust that’s both crispy and irresistibly delicious. They’re made using the same seasoned flour coating as our popular fried chicken! Whether you’re in the mood for a tasty snack or a satisfying dinner, these Southern fried pork ribs are perfect for any occasion.

Our Fried Ribs are flavorful and downright delicious! They have a crispy exterior and tender, juicy meat. Just like traditional barbecue ribs, these deep fried ribs are great as a tasty appetizer or a filling dinner. Enjoy them on their own or with classic sides like coleslaw, cornbread, and baked beans.

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • CRISPY TEXTURE – The seasoned flour coating and deep frying cooking method gives these pork ribs a flavorful, golden brown crispy exterior.
  • JUICY & TENDER – Despite the crispy coating, the frying process helps seal in the natural juices, resulting in a juicy and tender interior.
  • QUICK & EASY – Frying pork ribs is relatively quick and the straightforward preparation is easy enough for a beginner cook.

What are Fried Ribs?

Fried ribs are individual pork rib pieces are coated in a seasoned flour mixture and deep-fried until they achieve a golden-brown, crispy exterior. This Southern-inspired dish combines the tenderness of ribs with the satisfying crunch of deep frying, creating a flavorful and texturally rich experience. Often enjoyed as a snack or a hearty dinner, deep fried ribs are known for their savory taste and communal appeal, making them a popular dish in Southern cuisine.

Ingredients

  • Pork Spare Ribs (bone-in, cut up into individual pieces)
  • Neutral oil for frying (e.g. peanut oil, vegetable oil, canola oil)

Seasoned Flour

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated garlic (if using garlic powder, use a bit less)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated onion (if using onion powder, use a bit less)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Egg Wash

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water

Note: You can often find pork ribs that are already cut into individual pieces at various grocery stores and supermarkets. Look for them in the meat or butcher section. If you can’t find them at your local grocery store, you can purchase full racks of ribs and cut them into individual pieces yourself.

How to Make Deep Fried Pork Ribs

Here’s a step-by-step guide for making our crispy and flavorful Southern deep fried ribs recipe:

Step 1: Dredge

  1. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Remove ribs from the package and pat them dry with paper towel.
  2. Put flour, cornstarch, granulated garlic, granulated onion, pepper, seasoned salt, paprika, and cayenne pepper (if using) in a shallow bowl and whisk ingredients to combine. Set aside.
  3. Crack the eggs into a separate shallow mixing bowl, add 2 tablespoons of water, and whisk together. Set aside.
  4. Dip ribs into the egg wash, ensuring that each piece is well coated. The egg wash helps the flour stick and creates a crispy coating during frying.
  5. Once coated with the egg wash, dredge each rib in the seasoned flour mixture. Repeat with the rest of the pieces.
  6. Rest the battered ribs on the sheet pan lined with parchment paper for 3-5 minutes.

Step 2: Deep Fry

  1. Fill a deep skillet with enough cooking oil to submerge cut up spare ribs (about 2 inches). Heat over medium heat to around 360°F (182°C) to 365°F (185°C).
  2. Carefully place the flour coated ribs into the hot oil. Fry until it is golden brown and cooked through. Be sure to fry in batches to prevent overcrowding and temperature drop. The internal temperature should reach 145°F (63°C). This takes about 10 minutes.
  3. Once ribs are cooked, use tongs or a slotted spoon to remove it from the oil and place it on a wire rack set over a sheet pan to drain any excess oil. Let the fried ribs rest for a few minutes before serving. Grab some hot sauce and enjoy your crispy and delicious Southern fried ribs!

Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • Oil Temperature: Maintain a consistent oil temperature. Use a deep-fry thermometer to monitor the oil and keep it around 360°F (182°C) to 365°F (185°C). Allow the oil to heat up before adding the ribs. This ensures even cooking.
  • Double Dredging (Optional): For an extra crispy crust, consider double-dredging the pork ribs. After the initial coating and resting period, repeat the process of dipping the ribs in the egg wash and seasoned flour.
  • Safety Precautions: Be cautious when working with hot oil. Use a deep fryer or a deep, heavy pot with high sides to minimize the risk of splattering.
  • Keep an Eye on Cooking Time: Always keep an eye on the color and internal temperature. Cooking times can vary, and ribs may cook faster or slower depending on their thickness. Look for a golden brown color on the ribs as they fry. This visual cue helps ensure the fried ribs are cooked to perfection.

What to Serve with Fried Ribs

Fried ribs pair well with a variety of side dishes that complement their savory and crispy flavors. Here are some ideas for what to serve with fried ribs:

  • Coleslaw: Our creamy and crunchy BBQ Coleslaw is a Southern-inspired side dish that brings the perfect blend of textures and flavor.
  • Cornbread: Our soul food cornbread recipe is easy to follow and yields a moist, tender crumb.
  • Sweet Potato Cornbread: This sweet potato cornbread is perfectly moist and flavorful, made with fresh, mashed sweet potatoes, a touch of cinnamon, and the magic of beaten egg whites.
  • Baked Beans: Flavorful baked beans with ground beef is a classic barbecue side dish that’s as convenient as it is delicious.
  • Mac and Cheese: Our recipe features cheddar, Monterey jack, and mozzarella, and is made without a roux. It’s decadent and comforting, and an absolute must-try for anyone looking to savor a taste of the South.
  • Creamed Corn: Sweet, tender corn kernels are simmered in a rich, creamy sauce, making this dish a true comfort classic that’s easy to prepare and impossible to resist.
  • Pinto Beans: This pinto beans recipe, adapted from chef and restauranteur Kevin Bludso, is made with smoked ham hock in a flavorful broth.
  • Green Beans and Potatoes: Whether cooked with bacon or seasoned with Southern spices, green beans make a vibrant and tasty side dish.

Fried Ribs FAQ

What type of oil is best for frying?

Vegetable, canola, corn, and peanut oil are popular choices for frying due to their high smoke point and neutral/mild taste. Consider factors such as the smoke point, flavor neutrality, and your personal preferences. Additionally, always use fresh oil for frying to ensure the best results.

How do I know when the oil is hot enough for frying?

The most accurate way to gauge the oil temperature is by using a deep-fry or candy thermometer. If you don’t have a thermometer, you can use visual cues. For most frying methods, the oil is typically ready when it shimmers and has a slight haze. You can also place a small pinch of the seasoned flour into the oil. If it sizzles, it is likely hot enough.

Can I use baby back ribs instead for fried ribs?

Yes, you can use baby back ribs cut into individual pieces for frying!

Summary

These fried pork ribs are a must try! They have the same golden brown, seasoned crust and crispy texture as our popular fried chicken recipe. Fried ribs are perfect for both a snack or a hearty Southern dinner, making them an ideal choice for casual gatherings with friends and family.

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Fried Ribs

  • Author: cooks with soul
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Category: main course, dinner
  • Method: deep frying
  • Cuisine: southern, soul food

Description

These fried ribs feature a golden brown, seasoned crust that’s both crispy and irresistibly delicious. 


Ingredients

Scale
  • Pork Spare Ribs (bone-in, cut up into individual pieces)
  • Neutral oil for frying (e.g. peanut oil, vegetable oil, canola oil)

Seasoned Flour

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated garlic (if using garlic powder, use a bit less)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated onion (if using onion powder, use a bit less)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Egg Wash

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water

Instructions

  1. In a shallow bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, granulated garlic, granulated onion, black pepper, seasoned salt, paprika, and cayenne pepper (if using). Set aside.
  2. In a separate shallow mixing bowl, crack eggs, add water, and whisk together. Set aside.
  3. Dip each rib into egg wash, ensuring thorough coating. 
  4. Dredge each egg-coated rib in seasoned flour mixture. Repeat for all pieces.
  5. Rest battered ribs on a parchment-lined sheet pan for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Fill a deep skillet with about 2 inches of cooking oil. Heat over medium heat to 360°F to 365°F (182°C to 185°C).
  7. Carefully place flour-coated ribs into hot oil. Fry until golden brown and cooked through (internal temperature should reach 145°F or 63°C), approximately 10 minutes. Fry in batches to avoid overcrowding.
  8. Use tongs or a slotted spoon to remove ribs from oil. Place on a wire rack over a sheet pan to drain excess oil.
  9. Let fried ribs rest for a few minutes before serving. Serve with your favorite sauce. 

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4 Comments

  1. I made these as instructed and was shocked that I actually love them. I didn’t have fried ribs on my 2024 bingo card, but here they are! Thanks for the amazing recipe.

  2. This recipe combines two of my favorite things – ribs and fried food. Needless to say, these ribs were a winner in my household.

  3. These ribs are delicious. I made them exactly as written. I am adding them to my monthly rotation. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Haven’t tried this yet but I’m going to, soon! Will try this with meaty beef ribs I bought from Costco. Thanks!

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