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Easy Asian Glazed Meatballs

As a writer and busy mom of three boys, I need tasty meals on the quick. We serve these glazed meatballs over a steaming bed of rice. —Amy Dong, Woodbury, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha chili sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen fully cooked homestyle or Italian meatballs, thawed
  • Optional: Thinly sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds
  • Hot cooked rice


  • In a large saucepan, mix the first 6 ingredients until blended. Add meatballs, stirring to coat; cook, covered, over medium-low heat until heated through, 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • If desired, sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds. Serve with rice.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 376 calories, 23g fat (10g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 1296mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 2g fiber), 13g protein.

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  • asnunez
    Jun 21, 2020

    This was crazy good! Flavor from all angles! Didn’t use the raisins and wasn’t up to making homemade meatballs so I used some that my Mr. found at Aldi. Other than that, it was as written. It’s DEFINITELY a “Keeper”.

  • PrplMonky5
    May 17, 2020

    My husband thought this was a 5, I thought this was a 3. Maybe it was the meatballs I used, but the entire flavor was just so overpowering. The hoisin sauce the vinegar was just too much and by the time I was finished it felt like my tongue was raw. We did put ours on rolls instead of over rice, so maybe that's the difference. Either way, I doubt I'll be making this again.

  • lvarner
    May 3, 2020

    Loved this! I used homemade meatballs instead of frozen and chose to season them with some powdered ginger and a bit of soy sauce rather. I made the amount of sauce called for in the recipe, and it was fine for us in terms of quantity (but my husband does go more for the meatballs rather than the sauce). The sauce was very tasty, and we enjoyed this dish served over rice.

  • Jen
    Apr 26, 2020

    We loved this combination of flavors. I’m glad I took the advice of others and doubled the sauce, but I DIDN’T double the brown sugar...and am glad. It was still plenty sweet. I also added 1 extra tsp of Sriracha (3 total) and 1/4 tsp of ground red pepper. That was PERFECT for us. Not overly sweet and with a bit of a kick. (I used a 20oz bag of homestyle meatballs.) This will be my go-to glaze recipe. Don't leave out the green onions and toasted sesame seeds.

  • Villa_Crew
    Oct 17, 2019

    These were definitely fast and easy and had good flavor. All the members of my household thought they needed more sauce, though, so next time, I would try doubling the sauce (and maybe thin it out a little).

  • squeakymouse
    Jun 22, 2018

    Although I had to triple the recipe but only had 1/2 cup hoisin sauce (added 1 cup homemade teriyaki sauce), the flavor of the hoisin sauce came through. I only had large frozen meatballs but they worked well for an entree. Glazed well, leftovers more sticky and spicy.

  • gdanesrgr8
    Nov 3, 2017

    Very fast and easy! I expected it to have a bit of a kick but this was not the case. I think a bit more Sriracha sauce should improve the flavor for us. Thanks for posting.

  • justmbeth
    Aug 5, 2016

    Really tasty! I loved the speed this could be assembled, not to mention family loved it. I doubled the sauce and used a 20oz pkg of meatballs.

  • angela32
    Apr 28, 2016

    Loved this. I did make my own meatballs but I used this sauce exactly and cooked as directed. Will make again!

  • katecrid47
    Nov 13, 2015

    These were great! They were very easy to make for a weeknight meal. I used a bit more Sriracha sauce and they had a bit more heat at the end. I also doubled the recipe. I did not use the sesame seed or onion....didn't need it. My 14 year old loves Quinoa and I served hers over that. The rest of us had them over rice. Awesome, will definitely make again! Thanks for sharing!