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Thai Style Lamb Riblets 

Aromatic Thai-Style Lamb Riblets
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: Lamb ribs, Thai ribs
Servings: 6


  • 3 lbs Lamb Riblets
  • 16 oz   Palm sugar or substitute brown sugar
  • Water or stock as needed to cover the ribs during cooking
  • 2.5 oz  Lemongrass cut into 3 inch batons
  • 10 ea  Thai chili or substitute serrano peppers
  • 5 ea  Garlic cloves whole
  • 2 oz  Turmeric root unpeeled, sliced into 1/4 inch coins
  • 8- 16 oz  Fish sauce such as Red Boat
  • 1 oz   Grapeseed oil or another flavorless oil


Render the fat from the ribs

  • In a dutch oven heat oil on medium and begin to render/cook the lamb ribs, fat cap side down until the fat cap on each rib has reduced by half, about 20 minutes on low heat. Take your time, and if the pan threatens to dry out, add a little water or stock.
  • Remove ribs and pour off all fat except a few tablespoons.
  • Sweat the onions and garlic on low heat for a few minutes until fragrant, then add the chili’s, and lemongrass.
  • Add fish sauce, tumeric and sugar.
  • Allow sugar to dissolve, stirring occasionally.


  • Add water to the pot with the ribs until 75% covered.
  • Put lid on container and place on middle rack in oven  at 300°F for 2 hours. When done, the rib bones should be barely able to be removed from the rib meat. You want to be careful not to overcook, as the bones should stay in place when you serve the ribs.
  • Remove the pot from oven and allow to cool to room temperature, covered. When cool, chill completely, then use a large spoon to remove the fat that solidifies on the top, it will break off pieces.

Glazing The Ribs & Serving

  • After chilling and removing the fat (can be done up to 2 days ahead of time) place the pot back on stove, covred, and slowly bring to a simmer.
  • When ribs are warmed through remove from pot and set aside. Keep the ribs warm, covered in a warm oven works. Strain the sauce and discard all the aromatic vegetables and chilis, then return the sauce to the pan.
  • Reduce the sauce slowly on medium heat until thick and sticky. Be careful that it does not get tacky or it will burn.
  • When the sauce is to your liking, toss the lamb ribs in the sauce to coat. Serve with a green salad or fresh, lightly cooked or steamed vegetables.