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Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe

Serves 2-3 | Prep Time: 20 Mins | Cook Time: 10 Mins


12 oz ground pork or ground chicken
1/2-inch piece peeled ginger, finely minced
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder, optional
1 teaspoon sesame oil
3 dashes ground white pepper
Pinch of salt
Oil, for pan-frying
1/2 small onion, quartered

Sweet and Sour Sauce:

2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons Thai sweet chili sauce
1 teaspoon Chinese rice vinegar or Apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch


Combine the ground pork or chicken with ginger, garlic, five-spice powder (if using), sesame oil, pepper and salt. Stir to combine well. Wet both hands with some water and shape into 24 meatballs. Set aside.

Heat up a wok or skillet with some oil, pan-fry the meatballs until they turn light to golden brown. Drained them on a plate lined with paper towels.

Clean the wok or skillet. Heat it up with a little bit oil. Add the onion and do a few quick stirs. Add the sweet and sour sauce and cook it until it’s thickened, then add the meatballs. Stir to coat well with the sauce. Dish out and serve immediately.


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28 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. your recipes are so easy to follow..being of oriental background, but raised in the Caucasian culture. I am now learning to cook the delicious meals on your site. thank you

  2. I LOVE making meatballs and this is a variation I haven’t tried yet, I’m putting this one on the list ASAP! :)

  3. Hi,
    It looks so delicious!
    But, I doesn’t like vinegar or Apple cider vinegar. Can I replace it with plum sauce? Or do you have a better alternative?

    Thank you.

  4. These look incredible–I will definitely have to try the recipe! I have always loved spaghetti and meatballs, but this recipe looks like it will beat the traditional Italian recipe any day!

  5. Hi

    Would using ground beef work just as well for this recipe? I tend to have ground beef on hand. Would you do anything different or add anything to ground beef versus the ground chicken or pork you suggested.

    Thank you.

  6. I made this twice – the first time it tasted too much like ketchup, so the second time I replaced half the ketchup with honey and it was perfect :) Definitely going in my recipe book!

  7. Of course I am missing one ingredient, the cider vinegar. Can I use another kind of vinegar? Rice wine vinger? Or something else?

  8. I made this for dinner tonight. The sweet & sour sauce is fantastic! Absolutely PERFECT. I did make a few changes, like adding minced water chestnuts to the meatball mixture, and some slivered green, red & yellow bell peppers along w/ the onion. So delicious served with steamed white rice. Thanks so much!

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