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Salt and Pepper Short Ribs

Did you hear that CRUNCH? Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, sharing my super easy Salt and Pepper Short Ribs recipe. The short ribs are coated in an addicting salt and pepper seasoning that is finger-licking good. You will never believe how easy it is to make restaurant-style crunchy Salt and Pepper Short Ribs at home! If you don’t eat pork or meat, try my Salt and Pepper Tofu recipe that takes less than 25 minutes and is super delicious!
Prep Time25 mins
Active Time25 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Asian, Chinese, Taiwanese
Keyword: Appetizers, Asian Food, Asian Recipe Easy, Asian Recipes, Asian Recipes for Dinner, Authentic asian recipes, Chinese american food, Chinese Food, dinner Ideas, Easy Recipes, Pork
Yield: 4 People


  • 1.5 lb of Pork Short Ribs
  • 2 tbsp of Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp of White Pepper
  • 1 tbsp of Garlic Powder
  • 2.5 tbsp of Chinese Cooking Wine optional
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 3 tbsp of Corn Starch
  • ¼ cup of Tapioca Starch

Seasoning Powder:

  • ¾ tsp of salt
  • ½ tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of white pepper
  • ½ tsp of ground Sichuan peppercorn
  • 1 tsp of mushroom powder
  • ¼ tsp of ground chili

Rest of the dish:

  • 6 cloves of garlic minced
  • 3 red chili chopped
  • 2 green onion chopped


  • Cut short ribs into bite-size pieces. Wash the short ribs with salt or baking soda for 2-3 minutes, scrubbing the bone and the meat. Drain, pat dry, and set aside.
  • Marinate the short ribs with 2 tbsp of soy sauce, 1 tbsp of white pepper, 1 tbsp of garlic powder, 2.5 tbsp of Chinese cooking wine (optional), one egg, and 3 tbsp of corn starch for at least 20 minutes.
  • Coat the short ribs with tapioca starch and let them rest for 5 minutes.
  • In a pot, add in oil, and turn the heat to medium-high. Once the oil is hot, add in the short ribs and deep for 6-7 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  • Turn the heat up to high, add back in the short ribs, and double fry for another 1-2 minutes
  • Add minced garlic, white parts of the green onion, and chopped red chili in a separate pan. Saute together for 1-2 minutes.
  • Finally, add in short ribs, salt and pepper seasoning, and statue on high heat for another 1 minute.


I am using LKK Mushroom Powder which contains MSG, to give you the restaurant-style quality. But you can also grind up dehydrated shiitake mushroom for natural MSG flavors.