Asian Meatballs

4.61 from 23 votes

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This Asian Meatballs Recipe is an easy go-to food idea that’s suitable for a special party or a fast weeknight family dinner at home. Either way, it’s tasty and a recipe that you need to try soon.

This is one of our most popular Asian recipes.

Asian meatballs atop rice and vegetables

About these

Every few months or so, a group of virtual foodie friends convene to recreate a recipe from another group member’s site. We call it Freaky Friday and you’re going to call it delicious. This go-round, I was assigned to make something that caught my fancy on the The Devilish Dish and what I found over there was a mouthwatering Asian Meatballs Recipe.

A close up of prepared Asian meatballs on tray
We baked these meatballs in the oven, on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

We’ve made a  few meatball recipes before here on Platter Talk. Some are braised, some are in a casserole, and some are in stromboli.  All of them are delicious. This Asian Meatballs Recipe fits in very nicely with all of the others as it is simple and full of flavor.

These go together quickly in a mixing bowl and then spend about 15 minutes in the oven. In terms of ingredients, this Asian Meatballs Recipe can easily be tailored to your likes.

A bunch of meatballs

The basic ingredients include:

  • Beef, egg, and breadcrumbs
  • Soy sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Green onions, garlic, and ginger
  • Cilantro
  • Meatballs on rice

For added zing, you could throw some chopped up hot pepper into the mix. Don’t care for cilantro? Leave it out.

I love using fresh ginger whenever possible but guess what – when it was time to add some to the mixing bowl, I realized we had none. Enter a dash or two of Chinese spice that has sat dormant in my spice cabinet for longer than I care to admit. I had a little orange juice, and that went into the mixing bowl as well. D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S.

As with any recipe, use what you think might taste good and make it your own. We hope you will try this Asian Meatballs Recipe soon, you won’t be disappointed!  -Dan

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Asian Meatballs Recipe

4.61 from 23 votes
A fast and simple recipe that is suitable for a tasty appetizer or a delicious weeknight family meal.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings


for the meatballs

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, fine chop
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, coarse chop
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds, optional

for the dipping sauce

  • 3 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 fresh lime, juiced
  • 1 green onion, chopped


for the meatballs

  • Preheat oven to 500° F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine all meatball ingredients, except sesame seeds, into a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Adjust breadcrumb amount to ensure adequate texture for rolling into balls and maintaining shape. Form into golf ball size meatballs and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with optional sesame seeds if desired.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine dipping sauce ingredients and stir well.
  • Serve dipping sauce with meatballs.


Calories: 339kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 111mg, Sodium: 1182mg, Potassium: 483mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 0g, Vitamin A: 245IU, Vitamin C: 2.6mg, Calcium: 55mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian
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    1. We had a lot of fun with these meatballs, Michaela. Thanks so much for your comments!

  1. I’ve never come across a meatball that I didn’t like and I know I would enjoy these. 😀

  2. 5 stars
    Wonderful flavor combination in these amazing meatballs, they look absolutely delicious! And your pictures are fabulous, great styling and everything looks just mouthwatering!

  3. 5 stars
    Perfect bites to share as an appetizer! Actually, I think these Asian meatballs would be a delicious main dish too!

  4. These look great & super flavorful with that sauce! And nice and easy. I’ll be making these for my next party!

  5. 5 stars
    Dan, you have raised the bar with these Asian meatballs. Just love all the ingredients that go into the meatball and the sauce sounds sinfully good too! Thank you for this recipe, my teenagers will go bonkers for them.

  6. Your photos are gorgeous. I’m so glad you made these meatballs. They were a huge hit at my daughter’s Asian Inspired High School Grad Party. She’s about to graduate from college. Sounds like another party is in order. I too have a semi-used jar of Five Spice Powder. Thanks for the great idea. I’m going to try these again using that.