Saucy Asian Meatballs

by | Jan 25, 2017 | All, Appetizers

Everyone loves a good comfort food recipe. These delicious Saucy Asian Meatballs can be made ahead of time – perfect for entertaining!  

Appetizers don't get much easier than these make ahead Saucy Asian Meatballs! Pop them in the slow cooker to keep them warm all night long.
Meatballs are such a comfort food, yet I hardly ever make my own. Why? I’m lucky enough to have an amazing Italian deli not far from my house that does them right. But meatballs are so versatile and so universally liked, why stop at the Italian variety? That’s one of the reasons I love this recipe for Saucy Asian Meatballs from Gimme Some Oven. It’s traditional comfort food – meatballs – spiced up with Asian flavors and taken off the typical pile of noodles and used as an appetizer. 

The combination of ground pork and ground beef gives the meatballs depth and keeps them tender. This is an easy make-ahead appetizer for any gathering. Simply bake the meatballs and store them in the fridge (or even the freezer!) until you are ready to serve them. Gently rewarm them in either the oven or microwave and toss them with the warmed sauce. Voila! You have a hot, hearty appetizer to share with friends and family.

People might think you spent all day in the kitchen slaving over homemade meatballs. Let them think that. Your secret is safe with me.  

Tip: Use a small cookie scoop to make quick work of portioning out the meatballs. The NorPro brand is my favorite.

Put a new spin on a favorite comfort food. These Saucy Asian Meatballs can be made ahead of time and reheated just before serving - perfect party food!

Recommended Equipment

Yield: 45-55

Saucy Asian Meatballs

Saucy Asian Meatballs

These meatballs are a great addition to any appetizer spread!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 39 minutes

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions

Sauce

  • 2/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons soy or tamari sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Instructions

Meatballs:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine all meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place on baking sheet and bake for 11-14 minutes. Meatballs are done when no longer pink inside.

Sauce:

  1. Stir together all sauce ingredients in a bowl. Pour over warm meatballs and gently stir until evenly coated.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 186Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 323mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 14g
Who can resist comfort food? These Saucy Asian Meatballs always disappear. Perfect make ahead appetizer for parties!

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27 Comments

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      Thanks! It’s a fun twist of your regular cocktail meatball.

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    These meatballs look perfect!

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      Thanks, Marla. I hope you have a chance to try them out!

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    Anna, I don’t even know whether I spotted these first on your blog or Ali’s (found my way to both via Pinterest), but I made these for lunch today and they were lovely. Thank you for sharing!!

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      Hi Pille, So glad to hear you liked them. We appreciate the feedback!

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    Wow, these look great. I’m going to make these soon, just need to skip the pork. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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      You can definitely make them without pork. Enjoy!

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    These look so moist and delicious!! Would be great with some rice and sriracha!

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      Great suggestion, Melissa!

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    Made these tonight with all pork, and no breadcrumbs. Served with stir-fried broccoli and red peppers. Delicious!

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      Sounds like a great meal!

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    These look delicious! I make similar meatballs with ground chicken and they are a favorite!

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      Ground chicken sounds like a great alternative. Will have to give that a try!

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    My family is coming for christmas and how many to you serve?

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      Hi Erin, I usually serve these as appetizers and count on 3-4 per person since I always have other snacks, too. Happy Holidays!

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    These look delicious. I am sure we will make these.

    Thanks for sharing.

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      Thanks for commenting, Regina. I hope you enjoy them!

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    Can’t do the beef but will definitely sub with ground turkey. Recipe looks awesome!

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      I’m sure ground turkey will be a great substitute. Thanks for stopping by, Barbara!

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    I made them today…they were amazing…thank you!!

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    I am making these today but would like to know if Quinoa is an acceptable substitute for the panko. I have leftover prepared quinoa in my frige.

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      Hi Antonette, good question. I’ve never used anything but panko in these meatballs as it helps to lighten up the meat mixture. The quinoa may work just fine, but my only concern is it might make the meatballs a bit dense. Give it a go and let me know how it turns out!

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    Do you use fresh minced garlic or dried?

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      Hi Brenda, I use fresh. Enjoy!

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    I made these for Christmas Eve and they were delicious. Nice switch from the barbecue style meatballs.

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      So glad you liked them, Margaret! Hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful holiday!

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