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Sweet and Sour Meatballs on white rice served on a plain white plate sitting on a wooden table

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

  • Author: Glenda Embree
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


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.


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  1. Pour the pineapple, with juice, into a 12″ cast iron skillet.  Set heat to medium.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together beef stock, soy sauce, and lemon juice.  Be sure it is all cold.
  3. Add the cornstarch to the cold liquids and stir until completely dissolved.
  4. Mix the cornstarch liquid into the pineapple and stir until smooth and beginning to thicken.
  5. Reduce heat to medium low.
  6. Stir in the garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes if you’re using them.
  7. 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.
  8. Slice and chop the vegetables while the meatballs get warm.
  9. 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.)
  10. Serve over white, wild or brown rice.  I’ve even served it over cauliflower rice, udon noodles, quinoa, or zoodles.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Beef, Main Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Asian-American