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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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  • lvarner
    Nov 2, 2020

    Delicious! I used some homemade meatballs instead that I had left over from a previous recipe I'd made. The sauce is very tasty! It does not make a huge amount of sauce, but it was just enough. Loved the sesame seeds on top!

  • 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.

  • 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!