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Make delicious Vietnamese Ribs in the Air Fryer with this easy pork ribs recipe! Only seven ingredients and super simple to make!  

This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board, but all opinions are my own.

Gathering around the dinner table with my family has always been important to me. This year, we’ve done it more than ever! I’m counting our increased time together as one of the perks of an otherwise challenging year. One of the challenges we’ve faced this year is the inability to travel. Travel is important to us, in fact, it’s my 6-year-old son’s “favorite hobby!” I created these Sticky Vietnamese Air Fryer Pork Ribs as a nod to food eaten during our travels, and a way to transport our taste buds out of Kansas City!

Air Fryer Pork Ribs

Since we’re from Kansas City, barbecued pork ribs are a way of life. They’re eaten monthly, if not weekly during the summer! Since colder weather has moved in, and grilling is a challenge, these Vietnamese Air Fryer Pork Ribs are a creative way to make pork ribs in the warmth of your kitchen!

The inspiration for these Vietnamese pork ribs came from a recent trip to Portland, Oregon. I ate at a small Vietnamese restaurant that’s famous for its sticky wings. And I loved them so much, I ordered a second round! It was an incredibly memorable meal, and the flavors transferred perfectly to this Sticky Vietnamese Air Fryer Pork Ribs recipe!

Air Fryer Pork Ribs

Anytime you can get your family around the table for a meal, whether it’s homemade like these Air Fryer Pork Ribs, or a carryout dinner, your family will benefit from it! One of the best things about this year is that families are cooking more. 1 in 3 families have tried new recipes in the past 6 months!

Air Fryer Pork Ribs

85% of families say they’ll continue eating together once things return to normal. Even teenagers report that they enjoy catching up with family members over dinner!

Air Fryer Pork Ribs

Pork is versatile and delicious when used in nearly any international recipe! From Hungarian Pork Stew and Cuban Picadillo to Poc Chuc from the Mexican Yucatan, pork can take your family’s taste buds on a trip to almost any destination.

Air Fryer Pork Ribs

I hope you enjoy these Sticky Vietnamese Air Fryer Pork Ribs! If you have a favorite pork recipe that you experienced while traveling, please leave a comment and tell me about it!

Yield: 3-4 servings

Sticky Vietnamese Air Fryer Pork Ribs

Air Fryer Pork Ribs
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds baby back pork ribs
  • ½ cup fish sauce
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed with flat end of knife
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, fresh, minced
  • 1 tbsp mint, fresh, minced

Instructions

  1. Cut the ribs into segments of 3-5 ribs. You may want to pre-measure to make sure each segment can fit into your air fryer.
  2. Peel the membrane from the back (less meaty) side of the ribs. This is a thin white and clear layer that can be discarded.
  3. In a small bowl, mix fish sauce, sugar, and garlic. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Place ribs in a casserole dish or large Ziploc bag and pour fish sauce marinade over the top.
  5. Place in the refrigerator and allow to marinate for at least 3 hours, up to overnight.
  6. Remove your ribs from the refrigerator and drain off marinade. Save marinade in a small, separate bowl. Allow ribs to come up to room temperature.
  7. Preheat your air fryer to 375 degrees.
  8. Place the ribs in the air fryer, meaty side up, and air fry for 15 minutes.
  9. Flip, and air fry for an added 15 minutes.
  10. Meanwhile, place leftover marinade and minced garlic into small saucepan and boil for 5-10 minutes, until it’s a reduced, syrupy glaze.
    Baste ribs with glaze, flip, and air fry for an added 5-10 minutes.
  11. Serve, drizzling with remaining glaze, cilantro, and mint.

Notes

Select ribs that are a consistent thickness throughout the rack to make cooking times consistent.

Serve these sticky, delicious air fryer ribs with this delicious Cilantro Lime Brown Rice or Cilantro Lime Cole Slaw!

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