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Sweet and Sour Meatballs is the next recipe in my meatball series. Guys, these are SO good! Serve over your favorite variety of
and in less than 30 minutes you have a meal you’d be proud to serve to company. rice The Meatballs
If you missed the very first post where I teach you to make the extraordinarily flavorful meatballs that are used as an ingredient in this Sweet and Sour Meatballs recipe, you’ll definitely want to check it out. It shows you how to use my favorite meatball recipe to make 126 meatballs in about an hour.
That’s enough for around 5 meals, for a family of six. The post includes instructions for freezing them, too, so you’ll be able to use them in all the other great recipes, like this one.
You can always buy a bag of frozen meatballs at the store, if that’s your preference. But, once you get used to keeping these delicious meatballs in your freezer, to create meals like Sweet and Sour Meatballs, you’ll never want any others.
Go here to get the . meatball recipe
If what you want is a delicious weeknight family dinner, you’re gonna love this Sweet and Sour Meatballs recipe. But, be sure you also save my
recipe and Meatballs in Brown Gravy , too. You’ll want all three of these quick and easy dinner recipes in your menu rotation. Meatball Stew
The flavorful sweet and sour sauce in this Sweet and Sour Meatballs recipe only requires 6 common pantry ingredients.
Once you’ve prepared it, all you need to do is stir in the frozen meatballs and fresh cut vegetables.
Use up veggies you have in the fridge or choose the ones your family likes best. I used zucchini, all the colors of bell peppers, sliced celery and slivered red onion.
Serve Sweet and Sour Meatballs over
, quinoa, udon noodles or even zoodles. You’ll have created a tasty Asian-inspired dinner that will zoom to the top of your family’s favorites! brown rice The Ingredients
frozen meatballs ( or use store-bought.) Get my Meatball recipe canned pineapple chunks brown sugar cornstarch soy sauce (or coconut aminos) beef stock zest and juice of 1 lemon veggies of your choice (I used bell peppers, celery, red onion and zucchini) minced garlic ginger paste or fresh grated ginger optional, red pepper flakes
How to Make Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Pull 24-30 meatballs out of your freezer stash. They don’t need to thaw. Just have them handy, since the recipe goes together quickly.
Start the sauce by dumping the pineapple into a and turning the heat on to medium. 12″ cast iron skillet
In a small bowl, whisk together the beef broth, soy sauce and the lemon juice and zest. Be sure all the liquids are room temperature or colder. They need to be cold so you can dissolve the corn starch in them. Add the cornstarch to the liquids in your bowl and continue whisking until the cornstarch is completely dissolved. Then, pour the mixture into the skillet with the pineapple and stir to combine. It will begin to bubble and thicken in just 1 or 2 minutes.
Toss the meatballs into your sauce and turn the heat down to low. Let the meatballs and sauce simmer long enough for the meatballs to be heated through (about 10 minutes).
Add the fresh veggies to the skillet, stir to make sure everything is evenly coated and continue to simmer another 2-5 minutes. Cook long enough for the vegetables to be hot and to allow them to get to your desired degree of tenderness. (For the fastest meal, I start a pot of my , (made with parboiled/instant rice), immediately after adding the meatballs to the sauce. The timing is perfect for it to be done, just as the meatballs are ready to serve.) Perfect Brown Rice
How to Serve Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Serve Sweet and Sour Meatballs over your family’s favorite carb or veggie base:
Brown Rice White Rice Wild Rice Quinoa Udon noodles Zucchini Noodles Cauliflower Rice Sweet Potato Noodles Variations and Substitutions
This recipe is the base formula for you to customize your Sweet and Sour Meatballs to your own personal tastes.
The easiest substitutions will be in the vegetables you choose to add. Some possibilities are snap peas, snow peas, broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, carrot slices or shreds, cabbage, water chestnuts, mushrooms or even shoe peg corn. Use what you have on hand and what your family loves to make your Sweet and Sour Meatballs truly your own.
You could also substitute 1/4 teaspoon of powdered ginger for the fresh ginger and/or 1 teaspoon of garlic powder instead of the minced garlic.
As mentioned before, you can always just purchase frozen meatballs ready-made. But, if you get the chance, I highly encourage you to try my
and always have the most flavorful and delicious meatballs on hand in your freezer. meatball recipe
Enjoy this scrumptious Sweet and Sour Meatballs recipe! I hope you’ll make the recipe soon. If you do and find that it’s one you and your family really enjoy, I hope you’ll consider stopping back here to leave a comment letting me know, along with a 5 star rating. Your 5 star rating helps others find our recipe when they do a Google search.
Have a wonderfully blessed week and I hope you love Sweet and Sour Meatballs!
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You’ll love this quick and easy Asian-inspired Sweet and Sour Meatballs recipe! It comes together in under 30 minutes and is loaded with protein and nutrients from fresh delicious vegetables. A flavorful favorite that is loved by young and old alike.
1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks in juice
3 medium bell peppers, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 small zucchini, cut into 1/8-inch thick rounds
1 cup of sliced celery
1/2 medium red onion, cut into slivers
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
1/2 cup beef stock zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon ginger paste or fresh grated ginger
optional: red pepper flakes, to taste
24– 30 (click the link to get my homemade meatballs recipe) frozen meatballs
Pour the pineapple, with juice, into a 12″ cast iron skillet. Set heat to medium.
In a separate bowl, mix together beef stock, soy sauce, and lemon juice. Be sure it is all cold.
Add the cornstarch to the cold liquids and stir until completely dissolved.
Mix the cornstarch liquid into the pineapple and stir until smooth and beginning to thicken.
Reduce heat to medium low.
Stir in the garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes if you’re using them.
Add the frozen meatballs, stirring to coat them, and then let the mixture continue to simmer until the meatballs are heated through. It will only take about 10 minutes.
Slice and chop the vegetables while the meatballs get warm.
Add the vegetables to the skillet. Give a quick stir to make sure everything is coated in the yummy sauce. Cook one or two minutes more, until the vegetables are heated through. (You can cook the veggies to your preferred softness. We like them tender-crisp and still bright in color. Cook longer if you like them soft.)
Serve over white, wild or . I’ve even served it over cauliflower rice, udon noodles, quinoa, or zoodles. brown rice
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Category: Beef, Main Dish Method: Stove Top Cuisine: Asian-American
More Easy Meatball Recipes
I’ll bet you had no idea meatballs could be so versatile and a great time-saver when making weeknight suppers. Be sure to check out
and my delicious Meatballs in Brown Gravy too. It’s a comfort food dynamo! Meatball Stew
Enjoy some time, this weekend, cooking and sharing a meal with your family. Laugh, enjoy conversation and make some memories. Be blessed, Friend!
16 thoughts on “Sweet and Sour Meatballs, Dinner in Under 30 Minutes”
Sweet and sour meatballs are heavenly. It was the perfect dinner and everybody loved it.
Thank you, Greta! I’m so happy that your family enjoyed the meatballs!
My fam loves this meatballs recipe! The flavors were perfectly balanced and it was so easy to follow. Love it!
Yay! Happy that it was a crowd-pleaser, Journa!
Thank you so much for sharing this Sweet and Sour Meatballs recipe! It was so easy to make and it tasted delicious! Highly recommended for family dinners and quick weeknight meals!
Happy you enjoyed it, Allyssa!
You had me at sweet and sour meatballs – they tasted amazing!!
That’s great to hear, Mandy! I’m happy they were as good as you expected!
Loved this recipe/. My entire family enjoyed it even my picky eaters.
That’s the best news ever! So happy that your family loved it, MacKenzie!
Absolutely love those sweet and sour meatballs! And I found that they were even better the next day! A great meal prep recipe.
Shelby, I’m so pleased to hear that. And yes! Aren’t leftovers the best?
This was super flavorful and our picky eater didn’t make any fuss over these vegetables with that spectacular sauce! I’m definitely adding this to our rotation!
The family and I enjoyed your recipe. Very clear instructions and the sauce is on point. Thanks for another great recipe!
I tried this Sweet and Sour Meatballs recipe last night, and it was really easy to follow. The meatballs turned out delicious and the sweet and sour sauce was perfect. I will definitely be making this recipe again!
Mandy, thank you! I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe and I appreciate you taking the time to come back and let me know.