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Easy Asian Glazed Meatballs

These Easy Asian Glazed Meatballs are just the ticket when you want a fast, family-friendly meal in a jiffy on any busy weeknight. Serve over your favorite bowl of rice. 

Glazed Meatballs with Sliced Onion and Sesame Seeds

Happy Chinese New Year, All!  Gong Hey Fat Choy!

Huh. That phrase doesn’t look so great on paper. I’m not even Cantonese and truthfully, I’ve no clue what that phrase sounds like in real life. I see that written everywhere right now. I just copied it.

The alternative in Mandarin is Shing Nien Kwai Luh. That phonetical translation is all my own, you absolutely won’t find it anywhere else.

I haven’t the faintest idea how to write Chinese characters, to my parents’ utter chagrin. I spent way more time rapping Valley Girl than Chinese.

It worked wonders for me in high school. Passing secret notes during Spanish class using phonetical Chinese. Then passing secret notes during chem using Spanish. A little bit of genius, I know it.

I’m so not with it. Which is why it took a text from my friend to tell me it’s the year of the sheep this morning. Baaa…

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There’s no sheep in these meatballs, I promise.

In fact, there are only a handful of ingredients in these crazy easy Asian Glazed Meatballs.

Because we don’t do much for Chinese New Year, I won’t be whipping up homemade hand-shaped dumplings/potstickers or doing pan fried scallion cakes on a busy Thursday night.

Instead, I give us meatballs. 30-minute meatballs at that.

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By the way, there are supposed to be special meanings tied to foods you eat on Chinese New Year. Like eating noodles for longevity. I googled that. Kinda fun, actually.

I have zero clue whether meatballs mean anything. Besides happy taste buds.

And a table full of peeps who will quickly devour dinner tonight, if you make this.

When we’re tired of the same old meatballs, this Asian twist livens up the table.

Easy Asian glazed Meatballs

These Easy Asian Glazed Meatballs will make your taste buds dance.

All you need is about 30 minutes, rice, and a side of veggies.

These meatballs are saucy, savory, and delicious over rice. They’re not designed to be eaten on their own, as the saucy Asian glaze is full-flavored and destined for rice.


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Glazed Meatballs with Sliced Onion and Sesame Seeds

Easy Asian Glazed Meatballs

5 from 2 ratings
These Easy Asian Glazed Meatballs take only 30 minutes from start to finish. They're a great way to twist up the same old meatballs. This preparation is meant to be served over a steaming bed of rice.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 40 meatballs
Author: Amy Dong


  • 40 frozen meatballs
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • ½ tsp Sriracha sauce
  • 1 TB Asian rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp packed brown sugar
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ginger powder
  • Optional: Sliced green onions, toasted sesame seeds for garnish
  • Steamed rice for serving


  • Bake frozen meatballs according to package instructions. Keep warm.
  • In a saucepan, combine the rest of the ingredients up to ginger powder. Whisk over medium heat until heated through and combined. Pour sauce over cooked meatballs, coating well. If desired, add sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds for garnish.
  • Serve warm over freshly steamed rice. Store leftovers in airtight container in fridge. Reheats well.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 42kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian American
Method: Bake, Stovetop

Source: Chew Out Loud

Here are a few of my favorite easy Asian recipes:

  1. Hawaiian Luau Meatballs. These are awesome as an appetizer or over rice for dinner. Always a crowd pleaser.

Hawaiian meatballs slow cooker

  1. Asian Sticky Rice. This is oh-soooo-good. My family inhales this like there’s no tomorrow. Oh, and I didn’t know sticking-up chopsticks meant anything until I knew. Just focus on the rice.

Chinese Sticky Rice

  1. Lo Mein. Easy homestyle goodness that is ultimately comforting and slurp worthy.

Chicken vegetable Lo Mein 5

  1. Garlic Soy Braised Chicken. This is straight from my dad’s kitchen. It’s homestyle all the way and 120% deeelish.

Garlic and Soy Sauce Braised Chicken

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