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Tangy tomato Pork Baby Back Ribs

Ribs are always a great family dish for everyone to get their hands dirty with every juicy and tender bite.

When I have guests over, I would definitely whip out the barbeque! It’s so comfy to have everyone around the barbeque while the ribs are grilling. However, when I have a craving for ribs during the week, I prefer to use my air fryer. It’s less cooking time and less cleaning up afterwards. The best part is that the taste is not compromised!

Air Fried Pork Ribs done well

Things to note:

Air Fryer capacity: There are many different sizes of air fryers so when choosing the piece of rib, you would need to consider whether it can fit spaciously in the air fryer. I have used pork baby back ribs because I find that they fit neatly in a single layer in my air fryer basket. I do chop one rack of rib in half so they can fit. If you prefer bigger size ribs, like spare ribs or St. Louis style spare ribs, the ribs may need to be chopped up in pieces to fit in the air fryer.

Cooking times: The cooking time for this recipe is for pork baby back ribs. If you decide to use other cuts of ribs, like spare ribs or St. Louis style spare ribs, the cooking time may need to be adjusted slightly up or down depending on the thickness of the meat.

Tools: You can opt not to use any oil to spray the air fryer alternatively you could use parchment paper made especially for air fryers.

Serving Suggestions:

  1. Definitely some air fried frozen chips.
  2. On the healthier side, a hearty salad, my favourite is tossing some brown rice with some chopped spinach, cherry tomatoes and spring onions (shallots) with some balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Then adding a few drops of lemon juice for zest!
  3. Roasted garlic butter and dill potatoes.
  4. Air fried mushrooms and zucchini.
  5. Stir fried brussels sprouts with garlic and oyster sauce or air fried garlic brussels sprouts.
  6. Roasted butternut squash/pumpkin or air fried garlic butternut squash/pumpkin.
  7. Back to basic Italian or Mediterranean pasta salads are great too!
Pork ribs cooked in air fryer

Succulent Pork Baby Back Ribs made in air fryer

Claire Baker
Making ribs could not be easier when using the air fryer! It’s quick so you can have your mouth-watering ribs cooked in 30 minutes (active cooking time) as opposed to hours when using the oven! Cleaning up is a breeze, just hand wash the detachable parts, or even put it in the dishwasher, and wipe down the air fryer interior.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people


  • Air Fryer
  • Tongs
  • 2 x Large Sandwich bags


  • 900 grams Pork Baby Back Ribs
  • 2 teaspoon Honey
  • 2 teaspoon Water

Meat Marinade

  • 5 tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Crushed garlic
  • 3 tablespoons Tomato sauce


  • Cut the pork rib into quarters and combine pork ribs, all the sauces and garlic in the 2 large sandwich bags. Zip-lock the bags and massage the sauce and garlic into the pork ribs.
  • Let the pork ribs marinade in the sauces for at least 2 hours. For best flavours leave the pork ribs in the marinade over night.
  • Pre-heat the air fryer with a temperature of 180 degrees Celsius (356 degrees Fahrenheit) for 2 minutes.
  • Spray some oil in the Air Fryer basket. Alternatively, you can use Air Fryer parchment paper.
  • Pull the air fryer basket out after the pre-heating is completed. Make sure to use tongs, as the air fryer basket is hot after the pre-heating, and place the pork ribs in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Drizzle some of the remaining marinade over the pork ribs so that it just covers the surface. Ensure that the pork ribs are not drenched in sauce because the sauce can burn in the air fryer.
  • Set the air fryer at 180 degrees Celsius (356 degrees Fahrenheit) for 25 minutes. Then place the basket back into the air fryer for cooking.
  • In the meantime, in a small bowl mix the honey with the water.
  • When the timer has reached 25 minutes pull the air fryer basket out and glaze the pork ribs with honey water mixture.
  • Place the pork ribs back into the air fryer and set the temperature at 180 degrees Celsius (356 degrees Fahrenheit) for 5 minutes.
  • Pull out the air fryer basket when the air fryer has finished cooking and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  • Take the pork ribs out with tongs and cut along the ribs. Serve with your favourite sides (look at serving suggestions above for some ideas).
Keyword air fried pork ribs, easy, juicy, quick, tender

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