Goat or Lamb Ribs, Dong-Bei Style Recipe


Recipe Facts

Active: 30 mins
Total: 3 hrs
Serves: 4 servings

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  • 1 rack of goat or lamb ribs

  • 1/2 cup Shaoxing wine

  • 1 onion, roughly chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1/4 cup whole cumin seeds

  • 1/2 piece star anise

  • 1 clove

  • 12 to 16 small dried red chile peppers (optional)

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or butter


  1. Place ribs in a saute pan or a roasting pan. If cooking on stove, add wine and enough water to barely cover. Add onions and salt. Cover pan with lid or aluminum foil, bring to a simmer and cook until tender, about 2 hours. If using oven, adjust oven rack to center position and preheat oven to 325°F. Place rack of ribs in a roasting pan and add wine and scatter onions all around. Add water to cover 3/4 of the way. Cover pan, with lid or aluminum foil, bring to a simmer on the stovetop, then transfer to oven and cook until tender, about 2 hours.

  2. Meanwhil, preheat a skillet over medium heat until hot. Place the cumin seeds, star anise, and clove in the pan and toast until fragrant, about 20 seconds. Remove from heat and let cool. Grind in a mortar and pestle or spice grinder until cumin seeds are broken up but not powdered.

  3. If using chili peppers: return the skillet to medium heat. Toast the dried chili peppers just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat and let cool. Grind in a mortar and pestle or process in a spice grinder until roughly ground. Mix with the cumin seed mixture.

  4. When ribs are tender, remove from heat, transfer to a paper towel to remove excess water, and let cool slightly. Dry carefully. Heat oil or butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the ribs and brown on one side until golden brown and crispy, about 5 minutes. Flip and brown on the other side. When ribs are done browning, remove to a platter and pat off residual oil with a paper towel. Immediately sprinkle spice mixture over the hot ribs, patting the mixture down so it sticks to the surface of the meat. Serve immediately.

Special equipment

mortar and pestle or spice grinder

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
421 Calories
32g Fat
8g Carbs
21g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 421
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Cholesterol 89mg 30%
Sodium 708mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 432mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)