Sweet Ginger Soy Ribs {Copycat Chinese Take Out}


  • 1 package baby back ribs
  • 2 Cups soy sauce
  • 2 Cups lite soy sauce
  • 1 bunch of scallions
  • 4 each star anise
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 2 Cups shaoxing wine or dry white wine
  • 1 Cup sliced ginger
  • 2 Cups water
  • 6 cloves garlic smashed


  • Slice all of your ribs into individual pieces, this is easiest to do if they are slightly frozen in the middle. Place ribs in large stock pot.
  • Wash and slice the ginger, wash and bruise the scallions by taking the back of a knife and whacking the scallions all over. Finally, take the garlic cloves, peel them and smash them with the knife.
  • To the stock pot, add the ginger, scallions, garlic and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. They will cook for a hour and a half to two hours. Check for tenderness at a hour and a half.
  • Take the ribs out carefully and set aside. Discard the liquid and vegetables.
  • If you don't want to grill them, then serve the ribs as is right away. If you would like to grill them, prep your grill while the ribs are finishing to cook in the liquid. Get the grill very hot and oil the grate. Place the ribs on the grill just for a couple minutes to get grill marks. Take off the grill, serve and enjoy!