Slow Cooker Sesame Ginger Ribs

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The whole family will love these Asian-inspired, fall-off-the-bone ribs!

Our slow cooker sesame ginger ribs are fall off the bone, delicious.

Low and slow is the way to go with these savory sesame ginger ribs. The slow cooker makes this Asian-style recipe irresistibly easy. Simply throw everything together, set it, and forget it! This might just become your new favorite way to cook ribs — it is for me anyway! I love how I can just leave the ribs cooking for hours while I do something else, and then slowly, my house fills up with incredible aromas. Plus, if they’re ready and your guests haven’t arrived yet, simply put them on low and serve them once everyone is ready to eat.

The Secret to Slow Cooker Ribs

This savory recipe is so easy to make!

A Crockpot is an excellent option if you want your ribs to be fall-off-the-bone tender. However, there are a few things you should know before you just throw the ribs in the pot. The tips below will ensure that you serve amazing ribs, every time!

First, you want to make sure the membrane is removed from the back of the rack of ribs. In most cases, you can loosen it by sliding your fingers around it until you get under the membrane and peel it off. However, if there doesn’t seem to be a membrane, then the ribs probably came with it already removed.

For this recipe, 4 hours on high should be enough for 3 pounds of ribs. But you’ll want to add more time if you add more racks. You can also caramelize the sauce at the end if you’d like by putting the ribs under a broiler for 3 to 5 minutes (depending on how crisp you want them). Another option is to throw them on a hot grill to get that caramelization. Just remember to wrap them in some foil after to keep them warm for when you and your guests are ready to eat. 

The Secret is in the Sesame Ginger Sauce

This yummy alternative to BBQ ribs is just what you need to spice up dinner time!

There’s nothing like a homemade sauce to liven up your ribs and give them that unique touch. Sure, you can always throw some BBQ sauce and ribs into the crockpot for decent results. But anyone can do that! We’re kicking it up a notch!

This sauce is loaded with flavor because it has a combination of Asian-inspired ingredients that work so well together. These ingredients include soy sauce, fresh garlic, fresh ginger, rice vinegar, honey, pepper flakes, and sesame oil. And to give it that hint of BBQ sauce flavor, we’ve included a couple of tablespoons of ketchup in this recipe, as well.

Also, don’t forget to whisk in some cornstarch at the end, before you pour the sauce over the ribs. This will help thicken it up. However, if you want to ensure the cornstarch doesn’t clump when you add it in, you can make a slurry by mixing it with a little water before pouring it into the sauce.

What to Have With Your Sesame Ginger Ribs?

If ribs are on your mind, this sesame ginger ribs recipe is a great option!

My family loves these slow cooker sesame ginger ribs with creamy mashed potatoes, crispy pan-roasted fries, or on toasty rolls to make a delicious rib sandwich (with the bones removed, of course). But whatever you choose to serve them with, these ribs will be the star of the dinner table!

4 from 2 votes

Slow Cooker Sesame Ginger Ribs

These sesame ginger ribs are fall off the bone delicious. The whole family will love them.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Yield 8 people
Serving Size 8 servings
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Asian


  • 3 pounds St. louis style ribL
  • cup soy sauce low sodium
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 green onions, sliced for serving


  • Cut the ribs into 3 sections and place them in the slow cooker.
  • In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, ginger, rice vinegar, honey, ketchup, red pepper flakes, sesame oil, and sesame seeds.
  • Pour the sauce over the ribs and cook for 6-8 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high.
  • Once the ribs are done cooking remove them from the slow cooker and turn the slow cooker on high, then whisk the cornstarch into the sauce. Pour the sauce over the ribs and top with green onions.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 8servings | Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 304mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 19IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 14
Keywords dairy-free, Slow Cooker

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  1. The ginger doesn’t seem to be mentioned in the recipe. How much do we use and how do we prepare it – grated, chopped, just a whole piece in the sauce?

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