Air Fryer Ribs | How to make tender ribs in an Air Fryer

Air fryer ribs. How to make ribs in an air fryer. Paleo, Whole 30, low carb recipe

Air Fryer Ribs in 30 minutes | How to make tender ribs in an Air Fryer

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Ribs in the air fryer are tender and delicious AND ready in about 30 minutes. Here are a few tips. Check out the video below to see just how easy it is to make these. I own a Power Air Fryer XL 5.3 Quart size

Start with baby back ribs

Baby back ribs are incredibly tender and need a very short cooking time. Rub the ribs with your favorite seasoning blend. Learn more about the different types of pork ribs in my video below.

Let the ribs sit at room temperature (optional)

If you have time, let the ribs sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. This helps the ribs cook evenly and gives the seasoning time to soak in. This isn’t mandatory but it gives you a nice result.


house autry sweet tea brined fried baby back ribs

Cook your Air Fryer Ribs

Since baby back ribs come from a tender part of the pig they don’t need much cooking to get a tender rib. The air fryer heats up quickly so there is no need to pre-heat it. Simply pop the seasoned ribs in the air fryer and cook at 360 degrees for about 30 minutes. Add sauce if you like but I don’t find it necessary at all. The ribs are so juicy and tender on their own.

Air Fryer Ribs are perfect any night of the week

This recipe is also paleo, low carb and Whole 30 compliant.


Air Fryer Ribs | How to make tender ribs in an Air Fryer
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 rack of baby back ribs
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • ¼ -1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  1. Pat the ribs dry and cut the rack of ribs to fit the air fryer if necessary
  2. season the ribs with the spices
  3. cook the ribs in the air fryer for 30 minutes at 360 degrees


13 Comments on Air Fryer Ribs | How to make tender ribs in an Air Fryer

  1. Will B.
    August 26, 2018 at 5:18 pm (10 months ago)

    I see you have that DC Mambo Sauce and it made a big difference on the ribs as well.

    • Demetra Overton
      August 29, 2018 at 7:19 pm (10 months ago)

      Yes, that Mambo sauce is delicious!

  2. Jean Milton
    August 12, 2018 at 12:37 am (11 months ago)

    Hi, I was skeptical about this, but you’ve made a believer out of me!

    • Demetra Overton
      August 17, 2018 at 10:42 pm (10 months ago)

      Well alright! That’s what I like to hear, Jean! Thanks so much for stopping by

  3. Tom
    July 31, 2018 at 7:09 pm (11 months ago)

    Do you put meat side up or down

    • Demetra Overton
      August 2, 2018 at 2:21 am (11 months ago)

      Hi Tom, I stand the ribs up in the air fryer. Take a look at the video for the step by step process. Thanks so much for reading

  4. JohnM
    June 24, 2018 at 11:50 am (1 year ago)

    Thanks for the how to, will try this recipe too.

  5. Romeo
    June 16, 2018 at 1:46 am (1 year ago)

    Trying this now… thanks for the post

    • Demetra Overton
      June 17, 2018 at 5:52 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoy the ribs

      • Sharon Spencer
        July 8, 2018 at 7:55 pm (12 months ago)

        Sorry for this stupid question. I bought a slab of ribs. Not sure they’re Baby Back Ribs. How much longer would I cook these.

        • Demetra Overton
          July 12, 2018 at 2:00 pm (12 months ago)

          Hi Sharon. Not a stupid question at all. I would increase the cooking time by five minutes, then check to see if the ribs are done to your liking. If not, just cook in five minute increments until they are done to your liking. Thanks so much for reading

  6. Carmen Boyd
    August 18, 2018 at 12:15 am (10 months ago)

    Thanks for the question Sharonb I had the same question. I am getting ready to cook some now. Will let you all know how they come out.


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