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How Kids Can Make Fancy Asian Meatballs

Fancy Asian Meatballs

I have no problems eating a bowl of white rice for dinner. Add some soy sauce, and I am good to go. However, my Mom thinks that adding some protein to that bowl is necessary to call it a meal. So I decided to see if I could find a recipe that might grab my attention and allow me to eat my bowl of rice, with a bit of meat to make everyone happy. I came across some options, but it took some experimenting to get my version of fancy Asian meatballs.

Bowl of Rice for Dinner with Asian Meatballs

My Experimenting with Asian Meatballs

The first recipe that I found looked delicious, but it seemed a bit harder because you had to make your own meatballs instead of using pre-made, frozen ones. Since we did not have any of those handy, this worked out better for me. However, it did call for ground pork, and we only had frozen ground beef in our freezer. I decided it was worth a try anyway. It didn’t seem too hard to make these from scratch.

I started by adding the ingredients to a mixing bowl. I normally try to stay away from onions, but I know, I know, they add a lot of flavor.

Adding green onions to Asian Meatballs

Did you know you can use a garlic press without taking off the skin of the clove? You have to make sure you clean it out after each one, and some are pretty difficult to squeeze, but it works! My sister and I have competitions on who can squeeze out the largest one without asking Mom for help.

Using a garlic press for meatballs

Once the eggs were added, I have to admit, I was starting to wonder if I would like these Asian meatballs.

Although I used a wooden spoon to mix the meat, there was no way of getting around using my hands to make the meatballs. So I washed up and dug in.

Asian Meatballs ready to be mixed

I know enough about ground beef to know that it can have a good amount of fat in it and sometimes it gets messy while it cooks. With this in mind, I used heavy-duty aluminum foil to line the baking sheet before I placed them on for cooking.

Meatballs on Pan

I was glad I did! What a mess this would have been to clean up.

Cooked Asian Meatballs

Should You Use the Crock Pot?

This first recipe had you take the meatballs and add them to a crock pot with all of the sauce ingredients and cook it for 2 hours. Although dinner was a bit late, we decided to follow the directions.

However, our meatballs were pretty dry by the time they were done. I am assuming this was because we used beef instead of pork? They still tasted good with my beloved rice, but it went on the list for a second experiment.

2nd Experiment with Fancy Asian Meatballs

The next time we made this, we used the same meatball recipe and decided to use something new for the sauce.

This was just what we were looking for. Why do we call them fancy? Once we put them in the bowl and added some sesame seeds, we thought this looked just like a meal from a restaurant. You could also put these on a platter with toothpicks and serve them as an appetizer with extra sauce on the side. Of course, then I wouldn’t get my rice.

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Fancy Asian Meatballs

How Kids Can Make Fancy Asian Meatballs

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Lots of experimenting led us to a great recipe! These are great for a meal, or an appetizer.


For the Meatballs

  • 2 Pounds Ground Beef
  • ½ Cup Green Onions, Chopped (about 6 ) Save a few for optional garnish.
  • 4 Minced Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Teaspoons Ginger (freshly grated) or 1/2 Teaspoon Ground
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt (or to taste)
  • ½ Teaspoon Pepper (or to taste)

For the Sauce

  • 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)


    1. Preheat oven to 400℉ (204℃). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
    2. Mix all the meatball ingredients together in a large bowl. Shape into 1 inch in diameter meatballs and place them on the prepared baking sheet. 
    3. Bake the meatballs for 25 minutes or until just slightly brown and no longer pink inside.
    4. 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.
    5. Remove the meatballs from the oven. Add meatballs to 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.
  • For appetizer, serve garnished on a platter or bowl with toothpicks. If you have extra sauce, pour it into a bowl for dipping.
  • For meal, serve meatballs in a bowl covered in extra sauce, alongside a bowl of rice and a favorite veggie.
  • Notes

    Adapted from Jo Cooks and Tidy Mom

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