If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed these Thai Ribs with Crunchy Peanut Topping on my feed last week. Did they make you drool?! I had numerous text messages, DMs, and emails asking for this recipe. I figured this was the perfect time to publish it for y’all Hangry Diaries fans!
It is true, just ask my husband, I don’t make ribs very often. I’m not sure why because they often turn out juicy and tender and rather soul satisfying. But when I do make them, they are often jam-packed with flavor. These ribs today will not disappoint your taste buds and deserve their spotlight in print. Thai style ribs are super trendy right now. So, I had to jump on the Thai rib bandwagon and I know you will too after trying these.
The first word that comes to mind when trying to describe these Thai Ribs with Crunchy Peanut Topping in words for you rather than tasting them for yourself, is umami. If you’ve never heard this term before, hold on to your aprons when you are ready to taste these meaty morsels. You will understand.
Umami is a taste category, sweet, sour, salt, and bitter being the other four, used to describe food. In simpler terms it is a savory profile. It is often found in foods that contain a high level of the amino acid glutamate. You eat more umami foods than you realize. Parmesan cheese, mushrooms, soy sauce, and miso are just a few of them.
These ribs have a crunchy peanut topping and a touch of spice from the sliced jalapenos. The glaze is full of umami ingredients like fish sauce (I know, I know, but trust me on this one- it’s a must), sweet chili sauce, and soy. It is the perfect mix of sweet, sticky, and tangy that are truly addicting. No seriously, I regret only making one rack of ribs instead of two – even if there are only two people in our household. We sat at our dinner table and justified why we should have made two racks… leftovers for a fusion taco… pulled off the bone for a salad… It is safe to say that I will be making two racks of these Thai Ribs with Crunchy Peanut Topping. And, it didn’t take much convincing.
Thai Ribs with Crunchy Peanut Topping
- 1 rack of baby back ribs
- ⅓ cup sweet chili sauce
- ⅓ cup lime juice
- ⅓ cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1" piece piece of ginger minced
- ¼ cup crushed peanuts
- ¼ cup basil chopped
- 1 jalapeno sliced thin
- 1: Salt the ribs on both sides about 1-2 hours prior to cooking.
- 2: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- 3: Put the ribs on a sheet pan with 2 cups of liquid… water or vegetable broth. Cover with foil and bake for 2 hours.
- 4: Remove from the oven, remove the foil, and let cool completely for 1 hour. Cut the ribs apart once cooled.
- 5: Meanwhile mix the glaze by whisking together ginger, garlic, soy sauce, lime juice, fish sauce, and sweet chili sauce. Drizzle about ¼ of it onto the ribs.
- 6: Fire up your grill on high heat. Add the ribs to the grill and brush more of the glaze on all sides. Cook 2 minutes on all four sides until nice and caramelized. Brush more glaze on if needed. You should be left with about ¼ cup of sauce to serve.
- 7: Arrange ribs on your serving platter, top with peanuts, jalapenos, and basil.