Pressure Cooker | April 3, 2018

Pressure Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs

I have had this sweet and sour meatballs recipe from way back in my younger married years. Before kids, when we ate more take-out than homemade meals…. Before responsibility :) However, this is totally a kid friendly and kid loveable meal. My children devour these sweet-n-sour meatballs. In fact I usually have to make a double batch and they are still GONE. I recently tried them in the instant pot and it worked! I’ll always be making these meatballs in the pressure cooker. These pressure cooker sweet and sour meatballs are the only way to go!
Pressure Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs in two white balls with rice

How to make pressure cooker sweet and sour meatballs vs stove top

You can make these 2 ways and they are both delicious.

  1. Pressure cooker is really fast and cuts out the step of having to brown meatballs separate and then simmering together. The meatballs coms out PERFECT every time, never dried out.
  2. When you make the sweet and sour meatballs over the stove-top the sauce is perfection! in the pressure cooker the sauce is more on the runny side.

Pressure Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatball ingredients in a bowl ready to be mixed

Combine beef, bread crumbs, egg, onion, sour cream , garlic, salt and pepper to form bite size meatballs.

Raw Pressure Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs getting rolled into balls

SWEET AND SOUR MEATBALLS WITH PRESSURE COOKER: 


There is no need to cook them before! just roll them up and loosely put them into the instant pot. pour sauce over and cook! *because you don’t brown/drain any grease I like to use turkey or VERY lean ground beef.

SWEET AND SOUR MEATBALLS WITH STOVE TOP: 

You’ll have to brown or bake the meatballs drain the grease and then simmer in the sauce.

Pressure Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs in pot with a wooden spoon

This is the only time I ever buy chili sauce. It took me a while to find it the first time I looked. In stores it’s stocked near the ketchup. Usually tippy top shelf. The bottles look like this…except completely full of a ketchup like sauce. I forgot to snap the picture BEFORE making the sauce recipe.

An empty Heinz brand Chili Sauce bottle

The sweet and sour sauce

PRESSURE COOKER: Combine jelly and chili sauce and pour over the meatballs. Don’t add water! you can thicken it afterwards by simmering for a little bit or adding a little cornstarch/cold water mixture.

STOVETOP: Combine chili sauce, jelly, and water pour over meatballs in the fry pan. Heat stirring occasionally until jelly is melted. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until sauce has thickened.

Pressure Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs being served in bowls with rice
You can totally serve pressure cooker sweet and sour meatballs as a meal over rice! its my husbands favorite and probably most requested! Or serve as mini-meatballs as appetizers! if you need them to stay warm for a while place meatballs (after browning stage) and sauce in a slow-cooker and keep on low heat until ready to serve.

Pressure Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs in two bowls with rice

If you are looking for some other meatball recipes these are pretty increidble

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

This Sweet and Sour Meatball recipe is our family's favorite. This includes quick and easy pressure cooker instructions and stove-top. It can be served as a meal over rice or as a appetizers. Click here now for the recipe featured on popular Los Angeles foodie blog Oh So Delicioso!

Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sweet and sour meatballs
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 474 kcal
Author: Desarae
Ingredients
  • 2 lb lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp onion salt
  • 1 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream*
  • 1 cup heinz chili sauce usually on the top shelf by ketchup
  • 1 cup red currant or grape jelly
  • 1/2* cup water
Instructions
Stove Top Instructions
  1. Combine beef/turkey, bread crumbs, egg, onion salt, milk, garlic salt , oregano to form bite size meatballs. Brown meatballs in alittle oil and drain excess fat. (You can also bake meatballs in oven 350 for about 10-15 minutes) Use your ice cream scooper to make larger uniform meatballs.
  2. Brown on all sides, but since you will be simmering in the sauce for 20 minutes they don't need to be cooked through yet. I let them cook for a little bit to try and get as much fat out as possible.

  3. In separate bowl combine chili sauce, jelly, and water pour over meatballs in the fry pan. Heat stirring occasionally until jelly is melted. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until sauce has thickened. Serve with rice, or as appetizer in chaffing dish or fondue pot.
Pressure Cooker Instructions
  1. Combine beef/turkey, bread crumbs, egg, onion salt, milk, garlic salt , oregano to form bite size meatballs. Loosely pack them into instant pot.

  2. In separate bowl combine chili sauce, jelly- pour over meatballs and seal lid. Cook High 10 minutes, quick release. Simmer on saute setting if you want your sauce to thicken. 
  3. * you can use sour cream or milk. I prefer sour cream but many traditional recipes call for milk. Sour cream is my secret ingredient to both meatballs and meatloaf. It keeps the meat from drying out during the cooking process. Creates the perfect texture!

Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 474 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 1765mg 74%
Potassium 712mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 55g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 33g
Protein 42g 84%
Vitamin A 10.6%
Vitamin C 15.2%
Calcium 15.9%
Iron 14.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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  1. Hi Des,
    Quick question…the recipe calls for sour cream, but the instructions reference milk, not sour cream. Your picture shows sour cream in with all the other ingredients…so I’m guessing the instructions are a type-o??
    I’m going to make this for sunday dinner, so i just want to make sure I do it right. Thanks so much!!!! I love all your instant pot recipes!!!!

    1. Hey Soni! sorry for the confusion- you can use either. I’ll clarify that better in the post right now! I prefer to use sour cream. But many traditional meatball recipes use milk. A friend of mine used swore by sour cream as her secret ingredient for meatloaf and meatballs. It helps it not get dried out in the cooking process- especially when you dont use a pressure cooker.