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How to prepare ribs in the air fryer

ribs in air fryer

Let's find out how to prepare ribs in the air fryer in just 20 minutes while keeping the meat tender and tasty.

If you haven't yet discovered all the "magic" that the air fryer can do, we guarantee that this recipe will leave you speechless. We are talking about air fryer ribs, a dish that normally requires long cooking but which, thanks to this appliance, will be ready in 20 minutes.

The longest step is the marination which takes about a couple of hours (but also overnight) which you can however skip to make the preparation quicker. As for the aromas to use for ribs cooked in the air fryer, you can opt for the more classic ones such as aromatic herbs , or for something with a more American flavor such as paprika . Let's see how to proceed to have very tender ribs in the air fryer.

ribs in air fryer
ribs in air fryer

How to prepare the air fryer ribs recipe

  1. First, separate the ribs from each other so as to favor the distribution of the aromas and speed up cooking.
  2. Place them in an airtight container and season them with oil, smoked paprika, chilli pepper and salt. Alternatively, chopped sage and rosemary are also fine. Close and leave to marinate in the fridge for a couple of hours (or overnight if you have time).
  3. Then place the ribs, drained of marinade liquid, in the air fryer basket and cook at 180°C for 10 minutes then turn them and continue cooking at the same temperature for 10 minutes . Check that they are well cooked then serve.

Cooking times for ribs in an air fryer vary not only based on the size of the ribs but also on the air fryer itself. It may therefore be necessary to extend the cooking by a few minutes but after the first experiment you will be able to decide.

The idea of ​​preparing baked pork ribs , equally tasty, and perhaps accompanying them with some homemade barbecue sauce is also excellent.

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Our advice is to consume freshly made ribs. However, if you have leftovers, you can reheat them in the air fryer for a couple of minutes before consuming them.

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