Make these delicious sticky Air Fryer Pork Ribs, Vietnamese- style! Only seven ingredients and super simple to make.

Gathering around the dinner table with my little family is a big priority for me. And this year, we’ve done it more than ever! Having more time together is one of the perks of an otherwise challenging year. Increasingly, I’ve been cooking food that we’ve enjoyed on vacation as a way to transport our taste buds out of Kansas City. These sticky Vietnamese Air Fryer Pork Ribs are a nod to some truly fantastic Vietnamese food I enjoyed during a trip to Portland, Oregon.

Air Fryer Pork Ribs

Being from Kansas City, barbecued pork ribs are part of our food culture, especially during the warm summer months! Grilling or smoking ribs is a challenge right now due to the cold temps, so I decided to try using the air fryer for these pork ribs.

It turns out that these Vietnamese Air Fryer Pork Ribs are a really awesome way to enjoy ribs from the warmth of your kitchen!

Air Fryer Pork Ribs

As I mentioned above, the inspiration for the flavors in these Vietnamese pork ribs came from a recent trip to Portland, Oregon. I ate at Pok Pok, a small Vietnamese restaurant that is famous for it’s sticky chicken wings.

Air Fryer Pork Ribs

I loved their wings so much, I ordered a second round! The tangy, garlicky flavors in that dish inspired my sauce for these air fried pork ribs.

Air Fryer Pork Ribs

Serving Suggestions:

I like to enjoy this sticky pork ribs with Coconut Rice or a simple slaw like this Cilantro Lime Cole Slaw.

Air Fryer Pork Ribs

I hope that you and your family enjoy these Sticky Vietnamese-style Air Fryer Pork Ribs!

If you modify the recipe, let me know in the comments!

Air Fryer Pork Ribs

Sticky Vietnamese Air Fryer Pork Ribs

Yield: 3-4 servings
Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes


  • 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


  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.


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

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