Saucy Asian Meatballs Recipe
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Saucy Asian Meatballs Recipe

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Go ahead and help yourself to these peppery, sauced-up meatballs. Ground turkey moves them to the lighter side. —Lisa Varner, El Paso, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:36 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 meatball equals 26 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 87 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place turkey in a large bowl. Sprinkle with garlic, 1 teaspoon soy sauce and ginger; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-in. balls; place in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until cooked through.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine vinegar, tomato paste, molasses, pepper sauce and remaining soy sauce; cook and stir over medium heat 3-5 minutes. Add meatballs; heat through, stirring gently to coat. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Saucy Asian Meatballs in Light & Tasty October/November 2007, p29

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer

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Reviewed Nov. 12, 2014

"The sauce for this was terrible. Looked nothing like the pic in Nov,2014 magazine. This was dark like the soy sauce, not red at all. Sounded good. Too bad it wasn't."

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2014

"My family only liked them after quite a bit of adjustments. Sorry. I had to add to the sauce - salt, more garlic, onion powder, ketchup, and even some cinnamon before the sauce was approved as good."

Reviewed Oct. 19, 2014

"I know this would raise the calorie count, but could these be made with 85% lean ground beef and keep the flavor intended? Thanks for your help."

Reviewed May. 22, 2011

"I followed the recipe exactly, with two exceptions. I used grass-fed ground beef, and omitted the hot sauce (I have toddlers). I doubled everything since I needed a big batch.

This recipe is delicious. I love the fact that the meatballs don't call for a lot of bread crumbs and eggs and such. Just some simple seasonings. They're delicious. And the sauce is wonderful, too. If you're serving these at a party and need to keep them warm over a period of time, you can add chicken broth to the sauce to keep it from drying out.
Excellent recipe! Will make again!"

Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"These are really easy to make and delicious! I used ground chicken instead of ground turkey."

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