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Asian Meatballs Recipe

This Asian meatballs recipe is about to become a new family favorite. They’re baked for 20 minutes until tender then drenched in a sweet and savory sticky glaze. Enjoy as an appetizer for all your upcoming parties or dinner any night of the week!

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Sticky Asian Meatballs

Asian-style meatballs are a bit like teriyaki meatballs in that they’re juicy seasoned meatballs smothered in a sweet and sticky sauce. Every bite explodes with flavor!

These meatballs are made from lean ground beef but you can definitely use a combination of ground pork and beef, or even swap for lighter ground chicken or turkey. No matter what, they are mouth watering and the kids just devour them.

The dark color comes from the brown sugar, and the Asian-inspired flavors like soy sauce, garlic, and ginger. Truth be told, once they’re baked and glazed, I find it hard not to devour them all myself!

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What’s In the 4-Ingredient Sauce?

  • Honey – If you don’t have honey on hand, brown sugar will work too.
  • Soy sauce – You can substitute coconut aminos for soy sauce as a gluten-free alternative.
  • Minced garlic – Fresh is great, but if you need to use jarred or ground ginger you can.
  • Ginger – Use 1/2 tsp garlic powder in place of fresh, if preferred.

Tips for Making Them

  • Do not overmix the meat. For tender meatballs that aren’t too dense or dry, you want to combine the mixture just enough.
  • For a spicy meatball, drop in a few dashes of hot sauce.
  • Use a cookie scoop for even-sized meatballs. They need to be uniform sizes to bake evenly.
  • Rotate the meatballs halfway through the bake time so they don’t just brown on one side.
  • To pan-fry them, cook meatballs in a large skillet on the stovetop in about 2 Tbsp of oil over medium-high heat. They should take about 7-10 minutes to cook through.

How to Serve Asian Meatballs

I make these when I’m preparing an assortment of game day appetizers I’ll usually include a few varieties of meatballs like chicken meatballs, cranberry meatballs, and turkey meatballs and along with a 7 layer dip and jalapeno poppers.

For dinner, I’ll forego the traditional Italian-style meatball when pasta isn’t on the menu. Instead, I will serve these with white rice, coconut rice, mashed potatoes, or if we are extra hungry this ham fried rice recipe.

A Finishing Touch

Serve garnished with scallions, slivered carrots, or sesame seeds!

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Asian Meatballs Recipe

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
This Asian meatballs recipe is about to become a new family favorite. They're baked for 20 minutes until tender then drenched in a sweet and savory sticky glaze. Enjoy as an appetizer for all your upcoming parties or dinner any night of the week!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 6


  • 1 pound 80% lean ground beef
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 large egg , beaten
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • hot sauce , optional


  • ¼ cup light soy sauce , or coconut aminos
  • ¼ cup honey , or brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger

For serving: rice, green onions, sesame seeds


    • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Combine the meat, egg, cilantro, garlic, ginger, salt and black pepper in a bowl. Stir just until combined, do not over mix. Add a couple dashes of hot sauce if desired.
      meat mixture in glass bowl
    • Use a medium cookie scoop or spoon to scoop the meat. Then form into 1 1/2"  balls and place on the pan. Bake uncovered for 12-15 minutes, or until no longer pink in the middle. Turn halfway through if desired, so the bottoms don't brown. When fully cooked, remove meatballs and place on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess grease.
      meatballs on baking sheet
    • Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. In a medium sauce pan combine the soy sauce, honey, garlic and ginger. Bring to a light simmer over medium heat. Cook until is has turned into a thick glaze, about 3-5 minutes. Whisk constantly. Remove from heat. Then add meatballs into the sauce and stir until coated.
      stirring soy sauce in pan
    • Serve over rice. Top with green onions and sesame seeds if desired.
      asian meatballs in white bowl


    How to fry meatballs: You can also cook in a pan with 2 Tablespoons oil over medium-high heat for 7-10 minutes, or until cooked through. 
    Substitutes: You can use 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder if you do not have fresh garlic. 


    Serving: 5meatballs | Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 795mg | Potassium: 274mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Appetizer, Main Dish
    Cuisine: Asian

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