Sweet and Tangy Asian Meatballs With Teriyaki Sauce
These crowd-pleasing Sweet and Tangy Meatballs cook up in no time with a homemade sticky teriyaki sauce. They make a sensational appetizer for a party or dinner idea when served over rice and broccoli.
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Sweet and Tangy Asian Meatballs
Time to get the party started!!
Let’s face it, parties of all shapes and sizes can often be filled with the same old appetizers over and over again. While I will never ever turn down a buffalo chicken dip or some chips and guac, sometimes I want a little variety in my appetizer life.
That’s why now whenever I have a party to host or attend my go to is always these sweet and tangy Asian meatballs with teriyaki sauce! They are the perfect appetizer to wow the socks off of anyone who tries them, and they are a sure-fire crowd pleaser.
The perfectly spiced teriyaki meatballs, mixed with a thick and flavorful sauce accompanied by just the right amount of sweet to tangy ratio make this an appetizer that dreams are made of. You won’t believe your eyes as you watch them fly off the platter. You might want to save yourself now and just plan on making a double batch.
How To Make Asian Meatballs
(full printable recipe at end of this post)
Bake frozen meatballs according to package directions. While the meatballs are in the oven, prepare the teriyaki sauce. In a large deep fry pan, combine hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, and sriracha sauce. Bring the mixture to a low simmer, then reduce the heat and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Remove the meatballs from the oven. Add meatballs to a pan with sauce and gently roll to coat with sauce. Let meatballs simmer in sauce on low for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally to move meatballs around.
Alternate Ways To Prepare Your Asian Teriyaki Meatballs Recipe
In a slow cooker: If you want to turn this into a dish you can prepare while focusing on other things, then just follow these simple modifications and make your dish in the slow cooker!
Just simply place your frozen meatballs in a slow cooker. Then in a small bowl, mix all of the ingredients for your teriyaki sauce. Pour it over meatballs, mix until coated and cook on low for 2 to 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
As the main course: Who says Asian meatballs have to just be an appetizer? I love making this as an easy weeknight dinner with just a few quickly prepped additions.
After the teriyaki meatballs are ready just serve them over your favorite style rice (we love the uncle ben’s jasmine rice). Then add a green veggie, like roasted broccoli and now you have a meal that everyone will enjoy!
With homemade meatballs: If you want to really make this recipe from scratch then try your hand at making some homemade meatballs with this simple recipe!
(See the bottom of the post for the full original recipe and directions.)
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 large egg
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Using a wooden spoon, stir until well combined. Roll the mixture into 1 1/2-inch meatballs, forming about 20 meatballs.
Place meatballs onto the baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes, or until all sides are browned.
How To Wow Your Guests With The Best Meatball Appetizers
Keep them warm: To ensure every guest is getting that straight out of the pan, warm meatball, keep them warm in a slow cooker. This is the perfect way to keep that at a consistently low temperature without continuing to cook the meatballs and ruin them.
Serve on a platter: If you’re serving a smaller crowd simply serve them on a platter with toothpicks and extra teriyaki sauce on the side for dipping. Everyone loves a good presentation, and this trick will make every feel like they are at a sophisticated cocktail party.
Dress them up: For a restaurant quality appearance, don’t forget to dress up your dish with a little garnish at the end. A sprinkle of sesame seeds and fresh parsley makes all the difference.
Can I Store These Asian Meatballs For Later?
Of course, you can! here is your one-stop shop for all the ways to store your teriyaki meatballs.
How long do cooked meatballs last in the fridge?
Refrigerate meatballs within two hours of cooking. To maximize the shelf life of cooked meatballs for safety and quality, refrigerate the meatballs in shallow airtight containers or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Properly stored, cooked meatballs will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.
How long do cooked meatballs last in the freezer?
To get an even longer shelf life out of your meatballs, freeze them. Freeze in a covered airtight container or heavy-duty freezer bag. Another option is to wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or freezer wrap. Properly stored, they will stay fresh for 3 to 4 months.
How long do cooked meatballs last after being frozen and thawed?
Cooked teriyaki meatballs that have been thawed in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.
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A Party Appetizer No One Will Forget!
Add a little pizazz to your next gathering or event with these sweet and tangy Asian meatballs! Party appetizers will never be the same from the moment you bite into one of one of these flavorful snacks! My family snatched them up in a matter of seconds and I’m sure yours will too!
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Sweet and Tangy Asian Meatballs
Sweet and Tangy Asian Meatballs cook up in no time with a homemade sticky teriyaki sauce. They make a sensational appetizer for a party or dinner idea when served over rice and broccoli.
- 1 (around 30 count size)bag frozen meatballs
- 2/3 cup Hoisin sauce
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 2½ teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (optional garnish)
- fresh parshley, chopped (optional garnish)
- Bake the meatballs according to package directions.
- While the meatballs are in the oven, prepare the sauce.
- In a large deep fry pan (mine is non-stick) set over medium heat, combine Hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, and Sriracha sauce. Bring the mixture to a low simmer, then reduce the heat to low and cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Remove the meatballs from the oven. Add meatballs to pan with sauce and gently roll to coat with sauce. Let meat balls simmer in sauce on low for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally to move meatballs around.
- For appetizer, serve garnished on a platter or bowl with toothpicks. If you have extra sauce, pour it in a bowl for dipping.
- For meal, serve meatballs in a bowl covered in extra sauce and garnished alongside a bowl of rice and favorite veggie.
For a party, you could keep these warm in a crockpot on low. If you're going to do this, I would double the sauce so they don't dry out in the slow cooker.
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The sriracha in these meatballs makes them addictively delicious!!
I make a similar recipe in my instant pot and it’s delicious! I will have to try this one! YUM!
It was a huge hit in my house! Taste SO good!
hi cheryl, pinning, printing, saving! These look delicious and something I can stay focused on with a short ingredient list. Happy New Year! Laura in CO
OMG!!! They look so amazing and they’re perfect for game day!!!
I so want to make these in the slow cooker for Super Bowl! But, I don’t know if I can wait until then. They sounds fantastic!
Looks utterly delicious – great fingerfood recipe and I do love to make things from the scratch (best to be able to avoid certain ingredients). Will give this recipe a try very soon!
Wow this looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it.
Thanks for the tip!
Have a great day.
ohh woww they are looking cool , This is such a great idea.
Can they be made without Siracha? Too spicy for the kids
Followed the recipe exactly and these were extremely salty.
Same. Tasty. But need to use low sodium soy sauce next time.
Tried this last night, ended up mixing in some BBQ sauce (flavors too strong for family) ended up with a great sauce for meatballs. definitely trying again.
This recipe was really good and I’ve made it several times, but the sauce is VERY intensely flavored and very thick. Any suggestions on how to tone it down a bit and thin the sauce?
You could try adding a little BBQ sauce – It might thin it out some (you could even add just a little water to the BBQ sauce). Also, it gets thicker as it cooks, you could try shaving a little time off when simmering.
Thanks for the suggestion! I added BBQ, a bit of water and kept the lid on while simmering.
If you want to do the slow cooker option… Do I freeze the meet hall Raw or do I cook them before I freeze them ?
I suggest using the slow cooker to keep them warm, so I would cook and freeze them. Then thaw out over night and place them in the slow cooker to heat up and stay warm when ready to serve.
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