Hoisin Asian Meatballs

Hoisin Asian Meatballs - These juicy, tender meatballs are smothered with a sweet Hoisin glaze!

These juicy, tender meatballs are smothered with a sweet Hoisin glaze!

Hoisin Asian Meatballs - These juicy, tender meatballs are smothered with a sweet Hoisin glaze!

Remember when I said Jason was coming home in a couple of days? Well he still had one paper left to do, which is due Monday, so I kept pushing him to come on Friday night and to finish his paper at home. But he said that he couldn’t focus at home so we planned on him coming Monday.

Hoisin Asian Meatballs - These juicy, tender meatballs are smothered with a sweet Hoisin glaze!

So I’m on the phone with him yesterday and I tell him that I’m just about to go to the gym when he says, “Well, you deserve a day off.” I tell him that I took Friday night off so I can’t take another day off. He then asks, “Well would you make an exception?” I reply with a firm no and tell him I can’t take any more days off. That’s when he says, “But I’m 15 minutes away from home.”

Hoisin Asian Meatballs - These juicy, tender meatballs are smothered with a sweet Hoisin glaze!

The second he said that, I could just feel the tears just coming out for joy. I haven’t seen him since Thanksgiving and doing the long-distance thing is so incredibly hard so having him come home a day or two early is really one of the best things to happen.

Hoisin Asian Meatballs - These juicy, tender meatballs are smothered with a sweet Hoisin glaze!

So with him home for less than 24 hours, I already skipped the gym and instead, inhaled a Krispy Kreme donut and a frozen yogurt from Ikea.

Yeah, it’s definitely time to bring on the fat pants.

Oh and when I asked Jason why he came home, he said it was for these meatballs. I made them earlier in the day and sent him photos that this would be waiting for him on Monday but I guess he couldn’t wait. After all, how can anyone resist a juicy, tender meatball slathered in an oozing hoisin sauce?

Hoisin Asian Meatballs - These juicy, tender meatballs are smothered with a sweet Hoisin glaze!

Hoisin Asian Meatballs

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Yield 18 meatballs

Hoisin Asian Meatballs

These juicy, tender meatballs are smothered with a sweet Hoisin glaze!


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup Panko
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish
  • For the Hoisin Sauce
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine ground beef, sesame oil, Panko, ginger, egg, garlic and green onion. Using a wooden spoon or clean hands, stir until well combined. Roll the mixture into 1 1/4-to-1 1/2-inch meatballs, forming about 18-20 meatballs.
  • Place meatballs onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes, or until all sides are browned and meatballs are cooked through.
  • To make the hoisin sauce, whisk together hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and ginger in a small bowl.
  • Serve meatballs immediately with hoisin sauce, garnished with green onion and sesame seeds.


Adapted from Gimme Some Oven



    • Marie says

      I added 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter to my sauce. I felt the sauce needed something. Everyone loved it!

      • Rome says

        Yes, Ulie. I am sure she intended to surprise people with peanut allergies by introducing a potentially deadly ingredient.

  1. Jennifer says

    Hello, this looks lovely. I want to make it for New Year’s Eve but the day before. Any suggestions as to making it ahead and reheating?

    • Chung-Ah says

      I’ve never actually had to reheat these but I’m sure you can do so by either microwaving or re-heating over low heat in a saucepan. Hope that helps!

  2. Lisa says

    I have made this recipe repeatedly, and they always come out so so tasty! I have only made them once ahead of time…I baked the meatballs, then reheated them in the microwave, then poured the sauce on top, and they tasted fine.

  3. Carrie says

    Could this be made in a slow cooker or at least kept warm in a slow cooker? If so, how would you recommend cooking it?

    • Chung-Ah says

      Unfortunately, I have never made it in a slow cooker but I don’t see why you can’t keep it warm on the low setting for a couple of hours.

  4. Rebecca says

    I am making these for the second time. They were a huge hit the first time around. I served them with stir-fry noodles. They are a fast delicious meal. Thank you for the recipe?

  5. Fironica says

    Just made this! The process was super easy and the end result was so yummy. Thank you for sharing this recipe :) Definitely will make again. The meatballs turned out exactly like the picture you had on this page and looked like put hours of work to make but in truth only an hour or so for 3 pounds of meat.

    PS Made mine with half beef and half turkey

  6. Tracy England says

    Made a quadruple batch of these and used gluten free panko for our friend. They were delicious and super easy. And sadly there are no leftovers. Will definitely make them again.

  7. jzulaikh says

    i rarely cook.. but whatever is appetizing to my eyes, i’d try and make them.
    this is a very good recipe. just like marie’s, i added 1 T brown sugar, 1 T peanut butter to the sauce. i also sprinkled garlic salt after everything was made with the sesame seeds and green onions.. yumm yumm.

  8. John says

    Amazing recipe! I was searching for an Asian style meatball recipe and stumbled into your world. This was unbelievably delicious. I doubled the recipe and made a few little changes. Used 1 LB of beef and 1 LB of ground pork for a little more tender texture and rather than two TBSP of soy sauce, did one of soy and one of fish sauce. Served with some Jasmine rice and a little steamed Broccoli. I understand why he came home early,,,this, plus the one he loves…what could be better?
    I spent 35 yrs in California and survived on Asian food. Now I live in the Southern Appalachians and am introducing my ‘Mountain Momma” to new flavors…this one made her eyes glow and her cheeks all rosy! Good food is magical.

  9. alyssa says

    Once again, can i make in advance for a large party? Do they stay ok heating on a heat tray or in a crock pot on warm?
    They sound soooo good but I like to have apps done and ready to go when company arrives

    All your recipes sound great. Any favorites for a large crowd?

  10. Christine says

    Made a double batch the night before for a church function and they were wonderful! I simply reheated before taking them to the ladies Christmas tea & I didn’t change the recipe at all but as I read thru, the peanut butter sounds delicious too! This is a great recipe, thanks for posting.

  11. Rena says

    Hello! First time reader and I saw this recipe and was so happy! But when I saw ginger, I was a little crestfallen. Is ginger a super important ingredient? Or can you live without it?

  12. Kristi says

    I made these for a birthday party I hosted last night. They were so delicious! I doubled the recipe and used ground beef and ground pork. I made the meatballs a few weeks ahead of time and froze them raw. I baked them the day before the party and then heated them in the delicious sauce In a saucepan right before my guests arrived. There was not one left! So good, thanks for sharing the recipe!

  13. Shelby says

    I have made these twice now for my fiance. He absolutely LOVES them! Thanks so much for all your yummy Asian inspired meals. They’ve gone a long way to expanding our dinner options. :)

  14. Erika says

    i made these with turkey (it’s what I had on hand) and found them underseasoned and overcooked. Since turkey is so much milder and leaner than beef, I will increase the other ingredients next time and decrease the oven time if I use turkey again. The sauce helped a lot though. It was delicious!

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