As a busy mom, I’m always on the lookout for quick and easy dinner ideas that my kids will actually eat. When my last attempt at making meatballs in tomato sauce was met with disappointment, I knew I needed to get creative. That’s when I came up with this Asian-style meatball recipe, and I’m happy to say it was a huge hit with my family!
These meatballs are tender, juicy, and packed with flavor. The sauce is sweet and savory, with just the right amount of tang from the rice vinegar or mirin. And the best part is, it’s so easy to make! Just mix the ingredients for the meatballs, form the patties, fry them up, and make the sauce. In less than 45 minutes, you’ll have a delicious and satisfying meal that everyone will love.
I love that these meatballs freeze well, so I can always have a quick and easy dinner on hand when I need it. Just defrost them overnight in the fridge and pop them in the oven, and you’re good to go! I like to serve them over mashed potatoes or rice, but they’re also great as a smaller appetizer.
Asian Meatballs Recipe
- 2 lb ground beef
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup packed herbs (parsley and cilantro)
- 3 Tbsp chopped scallions
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 Tbsp coconut aminos
- ¼ tsp ginger
- ¼ tsp Chinese five spice
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 1 cup apricot preserves (no sugar added)
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup coconut aminos
- 2 Tbsp rice vinegar or mirin
- 2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 3 Tbs mustard
- 1 tsp salt
- In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, eggs, herbs, scallions, garlic, coconut aminos, ginger, Chinese five spice, and salt until well combined.
- Form small patties with the meatball mixture.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat and add 2 Tbsp oil. Fry the patties until browned on both sides and cooked through, about 18-20 minutes.
- While the patties are cooking, prepare the sauce by combining all the sauce ingredients in a saucepan and cooking over medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Once the patties are cooked, pour the sauce over them and garnish with toasted sesame seeds and scallions.
- Serve over mashed potatoes or rice.
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