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Sticky Garlic Sesame Baby Back Ribs

Sticky, fork-tender Asian Garlic Sesame Baby Back Ribs. Juicy melt-in-your-mouth oven-baked wet back ribs are fall off the bone delicious and simple to prepare. We love to serve these Asian baby back ribs with cooked rice.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian
Keyword Asian, Baby Back Ribs, Garlic Sesame, Oven Baked, Pork, Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Resting Time 3 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings 7 servings
Calories 632kcal


  • 3.5 lbs. (2 racks) baby back ribs
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

Honey Garlic Sesame Sauce

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 7 stalks green onions, diced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or dried parsley


  •  Preheat oven to 300° F. Line a baking dish with foil.
    2. Remove membrane off ribs. Turn ribs over; meat side down. Carefully slide a blunt knife under the membrane at one end of the rack. Lift to loosen it off then peel it off the back of the ribs. Some ribs may have this removed already.
    3. Rub 1/2 tbsp olive oil on ribs, covering both sides. Combine salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Generously rub seasoning all over both sides of the ribs.
    4. Place ribs in a prepared baking dish, meat side up. Ribs may overlap slightly, this is fine. Tightly cover the top with foil.
    5. Bake ribs in oven at 300° F. for 2-2.5 hours. Alternatively, ribs can be baked at 350° F for 75 minutes.
    6. Ribs are done when fork tender or at an internal temperature of 145° F. Remove from oven, keep covered in foil 15 minutes. This will make them incredibly tender and juicy. For even more tender ribs, keep covered in foil up to 1 hour. I find 15 minutes is enough but this step is optional.
    7. In a medium bowl, combine minced garlic, soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ketchup, and red pepper flakes. Whisk sauce until fully incorporated.
    8. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Use a basting brush to cover entire ribs with Asian sauce. Return to 350° F. oven uncovered for 10 minutes.
    9. Remove from oven. Glaze ribs again with sauce. Broil on high for 5 minutes or until sauce thickens and is sticky.
    10. Remove ribs from oven. Allow to rest for 3 minutes. Top with diced green onions, chopped parsley, and sesame seeds. To cut the ribs, run a knife along the meaty section between the joints.
    11. Serve with cooked rice and remaining garlic sesame sauce. 


Calories: 632kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 1871mg | Potassium: 716mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 775IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 2.9mg