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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300 comments on “Saucy Asian Meatballs”

  1. I’m a bit confused by the “Yield: 12-18 meatballs” contrasted with your comment within the recipe that you got 35 1 1/2″ meatballs. Help?

  2. We just made this for dinner- it was so delicious we couldn’t stop eating the meatballs until the rice was cooked (we put them over rice). So easy my husband made it, and we devoured it!!

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  24. Is there any nutrition facts to this recipe?

    • Hey Christine, I’m sorry but but we currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site. The nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. But many of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. Hope this helps, thanks!

  25. these were so good!  thanks for sharing

  26. I love your blog. I discovered it only a few weeks ago and have tried at least 4-5 different recipes. My daughter loves hoisin sauce, so I gave it a shot. Minimal prep, done in a ridiculously short amount of time including the kale fried rice I had made to accompany it with for a wholesome dinner. I thought I had all ingredients, but no scallions so I subbed for yellow onion. Then the worst part I think I only had about less than half a cup of hoisin. So a little water in the bottle to shake out whatever little hoisin I had left + 1tsp cornstarch and 1tbsp honey. I know it’s not the way the recipe was written, but good thing hoisin is such a strong flavor, even with my makeshift this recipe was awesome!  Thank you, my kids thank you, their most favorite meatball dinner yet. Take that aidelis meatballs (cheaper too)!

  27. hi, just made these tonight and served over rice. The recipe was ridiculously quick and easy and although I might have made my meatballs a tad bigger, they cooked beautifully in 15 minutes. Thanks for a new go-to for my rotation

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  31. I don’t have any hoisin sauce, have the rest of the ingredients,  what can I substitute for the hoisin?

    • Hi Janet, you could try a combination of these ingredients as a good substitute!

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  37. These look very tasty but would like to make as a main dish with pasta or spaghetti squash? Any suggestions on a sauce for noodles?

    • We think that’s an excellent idea Nikki! We would actually suggest just making extra of the sauce in this recipe, because any other sauce might clash too much. Or were you wanting to just make the meatballs and not the sauce? If that’s the case, we think this Thai peanut sauce would be really yummy! We hope this is helpful!

  38. Does the sauce has to be cold or cold

  39. It sounds good, but would also work well with ground chicken or maybe even turkey.

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  43. Did you use plain or seasoned rice vinegar in the recipe?

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  45. Can you cook these in the crockpot? Want for a party tonight!  They look awesome!!!!!

    • Hi Heidi! You sure could, you just still need to bake them like the recipe instructs. Then mix the sauce and add the sauce and meatballs to your crockpot. Cook on low for about two hours. We hope you enjoy!

  46. I am wondering if you could use 1lb of pork and 1lb of ground beef and get a good flavor.  If not, which tastes better the pork or the beef?

    • Hi Lisa! Yes, we think you could totally use half and half and get awesome results! If you just do one meat, we’d recommend using the pork, but we think you should totally go for a mixture of the beef and pork! We hope you enjoy! :)

  47. You mention sesame oil.  Or could it be toasted sesame oil? The sesame oil has no flavor compared to the toasted. Thanks

  48. Hey,

    Can I use Italian breadcrumbs ?

    thank you. 


  49. I made these for a party as apps, and they were good! I wasn’t sure if you said to use dried ground ginger spice, or fresh ground ginger. I used fresh since I ran out of dried, and it was little extra gingery, but no one complained. My 13 month old daughter loved them!

    • We’re so glad you and your daughter liked them Suzanne, thanks for giving them a try! :)

  50. can these be made in a crockpot?

    • Hi Mary! Yes, they can. You just still need to bake them like the recipe instructs. Then mix the sauce and add the sauce and meatballs to your crockpot. Cook on low for about two hours. We hope you enjoy!