Saucy Asian Meatballs

Saucy and Asian?

No, I’m not talking about me.

I know, bad joke. I’m talking about these meatballs! This dish is great to make in a pinch to bring to a party or serve to guests.

I made these as an appetizer for the Super Bowl party I went to. The sesame oil in the meatballs added a nice unique flavor. The sauce was very saucy – a fitting name indeed.  It had great Asian flavors with the hoisin sauce and rice vinegar and was just a little sweet but with a nice kick of the ground ginger. I would definitely amp up the spice next time with some fresh ginger in the meatballs.
People were loving the meatballs but no one (not an exaggeration) appreciated a NY Giants fan. I seem to always find myself in enemy territory. The last time the Pats and Giants were in the Super Bowl I was in a house full of Pats’ fans in Boston. Today I was in a house full of Niner fans who wanted to see the Giants lose.

It was a crazy nail-biting game in the 4th quarter. I really didn’t know which way it would go. Congrats Giants!

Saucy Asian Meatballs
Recipe from gimme some oven
Makes about 35 meatballs


  • 2 lbs ground beef or ground pork (I used beef.)
  • 2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 cup Panko or breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • sesame seeds or sliced scallions (optional)


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

*Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
*In a large bowl, mix together meatball ingredients until well-combined. Shape into balls and placed on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until meatballs are golden on the outside and no longer pink on the inside.
*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.
*Serve warm, and sprinkle with additional garnish if desired.


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