Saucy Asian Meatballs

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Anyone looking for a fun new appetizer (or even main course!) for the big game this week?

These saucy Asian meatballs are some of my favorites!!!

I first made them a few months ago when I was experimenting with multiple meatball recipes to serve for a fundraiser.  And when my friends graciously “helped me out” with some taste testing, these little guys were the clear winner!  My friend’s 1-yr-old son was even crazy about them as well.  ;)

Definitely easy, quick, and bursting with yummy flavor.  And everyone commented on how they’re a nice twist from traditional marinara meatballs.  Give them a try!


Saucy Asian Meatballs

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 30-35 meatballs 1x


You will love this delicious saucy Asian meatballs recipe! It’s so flavorful, saucy, and perfect for game day or as an appetizer for special occasions.



Meatball Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. ground pork or ground beef
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 cup Panko or breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup thinly-sliced green onions
  • optional garnish: toasted sesame seeds, sliced scallions

Asian Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together meatball ingredients until well-combined. Shape into balls (I made mine about 1.5 inches, which yielded about 35 meatballs, but 1 inch is probably standard), and place on a greased baking sheet or in a 9×13-inch baking dish. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until meatballs are golden on the outside and no longer pink on the inside.
  3. While the meatballs are baking, whisk together all of the sauce ingredients until blended. Once meatballs have finished cooking, you can either dip each meatball individually (using a toothpick) in the sauce mixture. Or you can pour the sauce over the meatballs and gently stir them until covered.
  4. Serve warm, and sprinkle with additional garnish if desired. (I served mine on these cocktail forks.)


You can also keep these warm (after cooking) in the crockpot on a low setting!

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306 comments on “Saucy Asian Meatballs”

  1. Love this recipe

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  3. It was really good! Thank you. I hope you don’t mind but I shared your recipe on my site It has of course a link to your site. It’s in Dutch so everybody in Holland can enjoy these too :)

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  6. I made these for a party at my son’s house – Smaller, bite sized meatballs and they were a total hit!

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  13. made these with ground pork and chicken, big hit!

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  15. The meatballs are good, but the sauce is overpowering — way too much hoisin sauce and very, very salty. I was very glad I put the sauce on the side because everyone pretty much either ignored it or threw it out.

  16. These were delicious!! I make them with vensison and they are a HUGE hit!

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  20. I really didn’t like the way you had to go from Pinterest to your website to get the recipe. I assumed the ingredients on P were right and made the meatballs – I’m not a stellar cook and have a party tomorrow. So when they seemed mushy I thought maybe I should go double check the directions and discovered I had the sauce in the meatballs. NOW I need to go back to the store… Whoever thought that was a spiffy way to get people to your web site didn’t care about the poor stupid people who are not cooks! This is the first time I have checked Pin for recipes and now I feel discouraged. It would have been better if you didn’t show the ingredients… Frustrated and tired. Merry Christmas

    • Hi Marie,

      Sorry for the confusion with Pinterest. The ingredient list is an automatic feature with Pinterest that I cannot edit, but I’m sorry that they made the directions confusing. Best wishes if you try the recipe again. It really is one of my favorites!


    • these are really fabulous . I have made them many times and everyone loved them. I am sorry that the other person had to comment on here negatively . when it wasn’t ALi who was at fault for the outcome of their meatballs.

      Bravo Ali and thank you for sharing this great recipe! Happy Holidays to you all !!

    • I know sometimes recipes are hard to follow but I personally thought it was very self explainitary it was written in two sections each one labeled accordingly. In all fairness to Ali I thought it was very easy to understand, I don’t mean this comment in a bad way but I am sure this wasn’t meant to make you have a frustrating Christmas.
      by the way these were delicious

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  25. These meatballs were great. I made them for an appetizer on Christmas. Everyone enjoyed them! :)

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  27. Sorry to say these were horrible! The hoisin sauce was so overpowering and my guests also agreed this not very good! Lesson learned for me don’t make something new when having people over to watch the game stick to my faithful recipes

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  29. I made these for New Years and they were a big hit! I changed up the meatballs by adding a bit more ground beef (didn’t want to waste my open package.) Added more sesame oil and garlic, but only had 3 green onions which was enough. For the sauce, I reduced the hoisin to 1/3 cup and halved the amount of ginger and it was great! I think fresh ginger would work great here. I paired the sauce with my vegetarian meatballs and it was perfect :) Oh, and 12 minutes was the perfect amount of time for my meatballs (I measured them out by the tablespoonful.) Thanks!

  30. Made these for dinner tonight. . . Amazing! LOVE these!

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  32. Hi, I am bringing meatballs to a baby shower on Sunday, do you think I can make them in a crockpot? I have frozen meatballs which I never ever use, but due to a huge lack of time I gave in and bought premade meat balls!! If I add fresh ginger and garlic to the pot and a little brown sugar and the orange juice and lime juice I think it will be alright? What do you think!! I am excited to try this recipe the real way, but for now I have to improvise!!

    • Hi Martha,

      Sorry for the late reply — I must have missed this comment! The details you suggested sound like they will definitely help flavor the frozen meatballs, and a crock pot has worked well for me in the past. Hope you enjoyed them!


  33. Good recipe…definitely need salt in the balls and I added a small amount of brown sugar and chili garlic sauce to bring the sauce around.

  34. I made these for New Years and everyone loved them! I used extra beef that I had on hand and adjusted some ingredients accordingly (as best as I could without trying the meatballs themselves since I am vegetarian.) However, the sauce was to die for! I reduced the hoisin sauce and ginger, but it worked out perfectly. I used the sauce on my vegetarian meatballs :) Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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  36. These are delicious! I made a variation for my husband and he keeps asking for more. I used ground turkey and gluten-free breadcrumbs because that is what I had in the fridge/pantry. Your sauce recipe isn’t that much different than for homemade hoisin sauce, so I just made that. I served it all up with steamed veggies. There were sweet potatoes and a soft head of lettuce in the farm box this week, so I think I will try these as lettuce wraps and serve with a side of mashed sweet/golden potatoes and garlic carrots.

  37. Where can I find the little picks you show with the meatballs?

  38. I made these for a motorcycle club meeting and put them inside wonton wrappers so it would be easier for them to carry around. THEY LOVED THEM!! And have been requested for the next one!

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  42. Very delicious. Now, my wife and my daughter, appreciate my cook’s talents. Thank you and excuse I for the faults. I’m a french canadian and I don’t master English. Good day!

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  44. A new favorite in our house! It has the seal of approval from 5 kids (2 – 10yrs) and my husband. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It will be made again!!

  45. Hi Ali,
    Family member is allergic to eggs so swapped it out for milk. Tasted fantastic! Added your fried rice to the dinner and it perfect as well.
    Thank you, Sharon

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  47. Tried your recipe tonight fantastic and easily prepared♡♥ looking forward to many more thank you :) all the best TT.

  48. I’ve tried making these 3 times now, using beef, and they never fully cook! The meat is always pink on the inside! I tried adjusting the time, temperature, etc… but nothing works

    I’ve made them in 3 different ovens too, so I know it’s not the oven. Haven’t tried it with pork yet, so that might be it, otherwise is there something I’m missing?

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