Air Fryer Char Siu Pork Ribs with Honey Ginger Sweet Potato Fries

Air Fryer Char Siu Pork Ribs with Honey Ginger Sweet Potato Fries

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Ingredients for the char siu pork ribs

  • 1 pound pork ribs
    • You should cut these into sections that would fit into your air fryer. Mine is 4 quarts large, so I cut mine into sections of 3 ribs.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons five spice powder
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoon hoisin sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha (optional)
  • 2-3 drops red food coloring (optional)
  • Sauce for brushing
    • 1 teaspoon water
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce

Ingredients for the honey ginger sweet potato fries

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1/4 tapioca starch
    • You can also use rice flour or all purpose flour as a substitute.
  • 2 tablespoons ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey

This recipe makes approximately 2 servings.


  1. First, let’s start with marinating the pork ribs. In a bowl, add olive oil, five spice powder, chicken bouillon, salt, pepper, soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, sugar, garlic powder, sriracha, and red food coloring. Mix to combine well. Then, add your pork rib sections and coat well. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes. You can leave it to marinate overnight as well for deeper flavor.
  2. Now, let’s move onto preparing our sweet potatoes. Cut the sweet potatoes into sticks, approximately 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch wide. Submerge the cut sweet potatoes in cold water for 10 minutes. Drain the water and pat dry.
  3. Then, in a bowl, add tapioca starch, ginger powder, and salt. Mix well. Add your drained sweet potatoes and coat well. Add olive oil and make sure all the cut sweet potatoes are coated.
  4. Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees. Add your 1/2 of your cut sweet potatoes to the air fryer basket and cook for 5 minutes. Take the basket out and shake the fries. Repeat until tender and crispy (about 10 minutes for me). Make sure to watch them carefully so they don’t burn. Repeat for the other half of your fries. Set aside to cool. Drizzle the honey on top.
  5. Now, onto the ribs! Make the sauce for brushing by mixing the water, honey, and oyster sauce together.
  6. Preheat your air fryer to 390 degrees. Place one of your pork rib sections meat side down. Cook until tender and slightly browned, about 10 minutes. Then, brush the sauce on and cook for another 1-2 minutes. The total cook time might vary depending on the thickness of your ribs.
  7. Take your ribs out and brush with the sauce again. You’re done!

Air Fryer Char Siu Pork Ribs with Honey Ginger Sweet Potato Fries is my combination of a delicious BBQ meal with Asian flavors. Char Siu aka Chinese BBQ pork is a sweet and salty roast pork that I decided to put a tiny twist on here to make a ribs version. It turned out perfectly with the sticky sauce having perfect flavor and complements the sweet potato fries with a little ginger kick well. This is actually my first ever air fryer recipe, which was super fun. I was surprised at how quickly everything cooked and preheated, so super fun to make. I used the Ninja 4 Quart Air Fryer for this recipe. Let me know in the comments below if you made this Air Fryer Char Siu Pork Ribs with Honey Ginger Sweet Potato Fries and how it went!

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