Sweet and Spicy Hoisin Meatballs

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Air-Fry: 10 min./batch Slow-Cook: 2 hours


about 4-1/2 dozen

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
For big parties, I make glazed hoisin meatballs and deliver them in a slow cooker. That way they’re spicy, sweet and ready to eat. —Gail Borczyk, Boca Raton, Florida
Sweet and Spicy Hoisin Meatballs Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup sliced water chestnuts, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 2/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 pounds ground pork
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Shaoxing rice wine or pale dry sherry
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons Vietnamese chili garlic sauce (tuong ot toi)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • Optional: Thinly sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 8 ingredients; stir in bread crumbs. Add pork; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. Arrange meatballs into single layers on greased stacked wire racks in a large multi-cooker. Close air-frying lid. Press air-fry function; select custom setting. Press timer; set to 10 minutes. Start. Cook in batches until lightly browned.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix sauce ingredients. Remove stacked wire racks. Return all meatballs to pot. Pour sauce over browned meatballs. Cover with glass lid. Press slow-cook function, select pork setting. Press timer; set to 2 hours. Start.
  3. Transfer to serving platter and, if desired, sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds.

Nutrition Facts

1 meatball: 62 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 241mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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