Delicious Japanese-Style Braised Pork Ribs Recipe

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Delicious Japanese-Style Braised Pork Ribs Recipe
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
150 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on December 02, 2023

Experience the authentic flavors of Japan with this mouthwatering recipe for Japanese-style braised pork ribs. Tender, juicy pork ribs are slow-cooked in a flavorful broth until they are meltingly tender. The ribs are then glazed with a sweet and savory sauce that is packed with umami. Serve these delicious ribs with steamed rice and a side of steamed vegetables for a complete and satisfying meal. This recipe is perfect for a special dinner or any time you want to enjoy a taste of Japan in the comfort of your own home.


  • 3 lbs pork spare ribs
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup mirin
  • 1 cup sake
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, grated
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 cups water


  1. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, ginger, and green onions, and sauté for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  2. Add the pork ribs to the pot and brown them on all sides.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the soy sauce, mirin, sake, sugar, and water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Pour the sauce mixture over the pork ribs in the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Allow the ribs to simmer for 2-3 hours until they are tender and the meat is falling off the bones.
  6. Remove the ribs from the pot and transfer them to a baking dish. Set aside.
  7. Skim off any excess fat from the sauce in the pot. Increase the heat to medium-high and simmer the sauce until it has reduced and thickened slightly.
  8. Pour the sauce over the ribs in the baking dish, making sure to evenly coat them.
  9. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  10. Place the ribs in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the sauce is caramelized and sticky.
  11. Remove the ribs from the oven and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.
  12. Serve the Japanese-style braised pork ribs with steamed rice and steamed vegetables. Enjoy!

Interesting Facts

  • Japanese-style braised pork ribs, also known as Kakuni, are a popular dish in Japan and are often served as a topping for ramen.
  • The slow cooking process ensures that the pork ribs become incredibly tender and flavorful.
  • The combination of mirin, sake, and soy sauce in the sauce gives these ribs their signature sweet and savory flavor.
  • This recipe can easily be made in advance and reheated before serving, making it great for meal prep or entertaining guests.