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Recipes Tagged with “ribs”

Chicken-Fried Ribs

main course ribs


For ribs:

  • About 6 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 racks baby back ribs (about 1 pound each), cut into ribs
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups panko

For mustard sauce:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 Kirby cucumber, coarsely grated
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard


Make ribs:

Preheat oven to 200°F. Heat 3/4 inch oil to 325°F in a deep 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Meanwhile, season ribs with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Put flour, eggs, and panko in 3 separate shallow bowls. Dredge ribs in flour, then coat with egg, letting excess drip off, and panko.

Fry ribs in batches, turning once, until golden brown and cooked through, 7 to 8 minutes per batch. Transfer first batch to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet and keep warm in oven. (Return oil to 325°F between batches.)

Make sauce while ribs fry: Stir together sauce ingredients. Serve ribs with sauce.

Gourmet, October 2008

Hearty Ethiopian Soup (Mereq)

main course ethiopian ribs stew


  • 2 lg. red onions, chopped
  • 2 lg. tomatoes, finely diced
  • 1 slab ribs (~3 lb.) washed and cut apart (any variety)
  • 3 tb. qibe or regular butter
  • 1/4 c. fresh ginger, finely diced (or 1 tbsp. dried ginger)
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, finely diced
  • 1 jalapeño or other hot fresh pepper, minced (optional)
  • 1/4 to 1 tsp. salt, to taste
  • 1/4 to 1 tsp. pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 c. water (or more, for a more “brothy” dish)


Put the onions and tomatoes in a pot over medium heat. Cook, stirring, about 5 minutes – do not let them dry out or brown. Add the ribs to the pot and let them steep out their juices, turning a few times. This takes maybe 20 minutes, depending on your ribs. Once the pot is saturated with the juices of the meat (again, don’t let it dry out), add the qibe or butter, ginger, garlic, jalapeño, salt, and pepper. Mix to combine and give it a few minutes for the flavors to meld. Then add the water to the pot – the ribs don’t have to be submerged but should be at least partially covered. Let it simmer for at least 30 minutes, more for thicker ribs. When the pot’s volume is considerably lower and the meat looks tender and cooked, take your pot off the stove.

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