Appetizer | December 29, 2020

Mongolian Meatballs

Tender beef meatballs smothered in a sweet and tangy Mongolian-style sauce.  These Mongolian Meatballs will be your new favorite appetizer.  Made with simple ingredients that pack a big punch.

Mongolian meatballs in a white braiser, garnished with green onions. There is a wooden spoon scooping two out.

What are Mongolian Meatballs?

Meatballs aren’t traditionally asian, but we have taken a twist on Mongolian beef and subbed the thinly sliced beef for hearty meatballs. Mongolian sauce is a blend of brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger and minced garlic. This sauce is great as a dip and also as a marinade. These make a perfect appetizer, but also make a delicious meal served alongside steamed rice.

Mongolian meatballs on a tray with toothpicks inserted. They are set beside a bowl of green onions.

What Do I Need To Add To My Grocery List?

For this recipe you’ll need the following:

  • 20oz bag of frozen meatballs – like Rosina Angus Beef Meatballs
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp water
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • sliced green onions for garnish

Ingredients needed for Mongolian meatballs on a baking tray.

How To Make Mongolian Meatballs?

1. Insert the trivet into your pressure cooker.  Add 1 cup of water.

2. Add entire bag of Rosina Angus Beef Meatballs to the pressure cooker.

3. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.  Use a quick release to release the pressure.

4. While the meatballs are cooking, prepare sauce by adding soy sauce to a large skillet.

How to cook meatballs in the pressure cooker.

5. Pour in water.

6. Add brown sugar.

7. Add in minced garlic.

8. Add in minced ginger.

How to make Mongolian sauce.

9. Whisk together and cook over medium-high heat until it comes to a simmer.

10. In a small bowl combine cornstarch and water.  Whisk together until smooth.

11. While whisking add cornstarch to soy sauce mixture.

12. Continue to whisk until thickened. Remove from heat.

13. Add cooked meatballs to sauce and toss to coat.

14. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.

How to make Mongolian meatballs.

Mongolian Meatball Q&A

How do I make this dish if I don’t have a pressure cooker?

You can heat the meatballs over the stovetop with a small amount of water, or you can microwave the meatballs.

How long does this recipe last?

You can keep this recipe in the fridge for 5-7 days.  Simple reheat what you want to consume.

What brand of meatballs do you recommend?

I like the Rosina brand.  They are homestyle taste without the work.

An overhead shot of Mongolian meatballs in a white braiser. They are garnished with sesame seeds and green onions.

I love meatballs, do you have other recipes?

We sure do!  Try our:

Thai Meatball Lettuce Wrap

Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

Italian Meatball Buddha Bowl

Sweet and sour meatballs

Mongolian meatballs in a white brasier. Some of the meatballs have toothpicks inserted and there is a bowl of green onions to the side.

How To Serve Mongolian Meatballs

AS A MEAL: Serve as a meal! Top the meatballs and sauce over some rice. They also pair well with mashed potatoes, or roasted vegetables.

AS AN APPETIZER: Keep the meatballs warm and in the sauce and serve with toothpicks.

A close up of Mongolian meatballs in the sauce.

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Mongolian Meatballs
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Tender beef meatballs smothered in a sweet and tangy Mongolian-style sauce.  These Mongolian Meatballs will be your new favorite appetizer.  Made with simple ingredients that pack a big punch.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Keyword: korean meatballs, mongolian meatballs
Servings: 7
Calories: 189 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
  • 20 oz bag of frozen meatballs - like Rosina Angus Beef Meatballs
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp water
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • sliced green onions for garnish
Instructions
  1. Insert the trivet into your pressure cooker.  Add 1 cup of water.
  2. Add entire bag of Rosina Angus Beef Meatballs to the pressure cooker.
  3. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.  Use a quick release to release the pressure.
  4. While the meatballs are cooking, prepare sauce by adding soy sauce to a large skillet.
  5. Pour in water.
  6. Add brown sugar.
  7. Add in minced garlic.
  8. Add in minced ginger.
  9. Whisk together and cook over medium-high heat until it comes to a simmer.
  10. In a small bowl combine cornstarch and water.  Whisk together until smooth.
  11. While whisking add cornstarch to soy sauce mixture.
  12. Continue to whisk until thickened. Remove from heat.
  13. Add cooked meatballs to sauce and toss to coat.
  14. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.
Nutrition Facts
Mongolian Meatballs
Amount Per Serving (3 meatballs)
Calories 189 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 501mg22%
Potassium 210mg6%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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