These amazing air fryer ribs are a real treat for any ribs lover. With a cook time of only 20 minutes in the air fryer, there is no reason not to try this amazing recipe. The sweet and savory glaze really sings of Asian American flavors.

You could also do a classic BBQ version, by swapping the dry rub with a classic BBQ dry rub and replacing the glaze with your favorite BBQ sauce. Try my classic dry rub from this recipe if you like Dry Rubbed Pork Tenderloin With Herb Cream Sauce (

Ok, let’s make some ribs! Dis gonna be gud!

Instant Pot Potato Salad would make the perfect side item to go with your ribs.


  • 1 half rack of pork ribs

Dry Rub

  • ground ginger
  • coriander
  • kosher salt
  • white pepper


  • honey
  • soy sauce
  • toasted sesame oil
  • fresh grated ginger

Preparing the Ribs

Let’s begin by trimming any excess fat from the ribs, and removing the membrane. You may find more fat under the membrane so be prepared to trim that too.

The air fryer is especially good at rendering and crisping fat so a little is fine but too much will result in an unpleasant mouthfeel.

Then we need to cut the ribs into individual pieces, just feel with your fingers for the middle point between the bones, and make your cut there.

Next, mix all the dry rub ingredients together and apply it to every side of the ribs. Massage it into the meat to get it into all the nooks and crannies.

Wrap the dry-rubbed ribs tightly and let the seasonings do their thing overnight, or at least 8 hours. I know, I hate waiting too, but it’s worth it.

The Glaze

Next, we need to mix up the glaze. I like to do this the day before I need it to give the fresh ginger flavor ample time to leach into the sauce.

Just combine all the glaze ingredients together, and mix it well.

If your ginger isn’t super fresh you will notice it leaving a very fibrous pulp on the surface of your shredder. Avoid getting this into the sauce its texture will be unpleasant. I like to bunch it up and give it a squeeze and get all the flavorful juices out.

Reserve about 1/4 cup for dipping later.

Rewarding Your Patience

Okay, it’s the next day, you have been dreaming of ribs all night, it’s time to reward your patience.

Preheat your air fryer to 350 F or 176 C. Unwrap the ribs, and arrange them in the basket of the fryer on their sides, so the bones aren’t touching the bottom of the basket leaving lots of space between for airflow.

Air fry for 10 minutes, then turn over each rib, and air fry for 7 more minutes. Get your glaze ready in a large mixing bowl, after 7 minutes remove the ribs from the air fryer into the bowl with glaze. Toss them thoroughly in the glaze till they are coated thoroughly.

Return the ribs to the air fryer and cook for 3 minutes to caramelize the glaze.

They should look pretty amazing at this point.

That’s it, your done.

If you want to get fancy with it garnish with some chopped green onions, and sesame seeds.

If I’m being honest I was skeptical when I first began developing this recipe.

The pitmasters of the world have everyone convinced that the only way is slow and low. “Gotta smoke em over low heat for at least 12 hours to get em tender”, they say.

I’m officially calling shenanigans on that!

We just produced a competition quality rib in 20 minutes.

Thanks for reading, Happy cooking till next time
-Chef Eric

Air Fryer Ribs With a Sesame Ginger Glaze

Chef Eric
These amazing ribs are a real treat for any rib lover. With a cook time of only 20 minutes in the air fryer there is no reason not to try this amazing recipe. The sweet and savory glaze really sings of Asian American flavors.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
marinade time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Ribs
Cuisine American, Asian, BBQ
Servings 1 person


  • Air Fryer
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Tongs
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Small Mixing Bowl


  • 1/2 rack pork ribs

Dry Rub

  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper


  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger


  • Remove membrane from ribs and cut 1/2 rack into individual ribs.
  • Combine dry rub ingredients and evenly coat the ribs on all sides.
  • Wrap tightly with cling wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • Combine all glaze ingredients into a small bowl. Pour the glaze into a large mixing bowl and set aside. Reserve 1/4 cup for dipping.
  • Preheat air fryer to 350F or 176C
  • Unwrap ribs and arrange in air fryer basket with space for air flow.
  • Air fry for 10 minutes then flip each rib and air fry for 7 more minutes.
  • Transfer ribs to large mixing bowl with glaze, and toss thoroughly.
  • Return ribs to air fryer and cook for 3 more minutes.
  • Serve sprinkled with sesame seeds and green onion for garnish. (optional)


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