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Air Fryer Ribs

Learn how to cook juicy, fall-off-the-bone pork spare ribs in the air fryer! This Air Fryer Ribs recipe takes only 40 minutes and is an easier cooking method for this barbecue classic.
Prep Time8 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time38 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer Ribs, Ribs in Air Fryer
Servings: 4 people
Author: Silvia Dunnirvine



  • 2 lb spare ribs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce

Dry Rub

  • 1 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander


  • Prep ribs by removing extra fat as needed and slicing them between the rib bones. Rub ribs with olive oil evenly.
  • In a small bowl mix together dry rub ingredients. Spread onto the ribs evenly using your hands.
  • Place ribs in the basket of air fryer without overlapping it. It took me two batches to cook 2lbs of ribs in air fryer.
  • Cook at 375F degrees for about 20-25 minutes depending on how meaty is your spare ribs and how well done you like. Flip ribs half way through.
  • When done brush ribs with BBQ sauce and put back in air fryer for 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve with extra BBQ sauce.


Calories: 601kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 1456mg | Potassium: 588mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 558IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg