These Sweet Sesame Ginger Meatballs are Asian style turkey meatballs that can be served as an appetizer or on a bed of rice for a complete meal!
Somehow, this is the first meatball recipe posted here on SFS! I know, I'm as shocked as you are. However, I have to say, these Sweet Sesame Ginger Meatballs are a pretty amazing first meatball.
Not only are these little sweet sesame bites of Asian inspired turkey meatballs easy to make, but because they're made with ground turkey, they're lower in saturated fat that ground beef, but still packs the same protein punch.
- Ground turkey - Ground chicken is also great for this!
- Panko bread crumbs - You could also use a regular bread crumb
- Egg - To bind
- Sesame oil - This is necessary fat added to the meatballs, since the turkey itself is so lean. Plus it adds a great sesame flavor.
- Soy Sauce - For that classic salty flavor. We like things slightly salter, but if you don't, then we suggest using a low sodium soy sauce.
- Hoisin - To finish the meatballs in, a coat of sweetness. Did you know you can make your own Homemade Hoisin Sauce?
- Fresh Ginger and Garlic - You can totally use powdered, too. See recipe notes
- Sesame Seeds and Green Onion - To garnish
Do you have everything in your pantry already? Ok maybe not the panko bread crumbs, but if you don't, you should. That way you can also make Baked Panko Chicken Tenders, Ranch Chicken Tenders, and Panko Parmesan Zucchini Fritters!
Step 1: Mix the ground turkey and fresh minced ginger and garlic to a large bowl. Give it all a good mix, first.
Step 2: Next, mix in the sesame oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, and panko breadcrumbs and give it another good mix.
Tip: Not sure about the flavor? No problem - just try it! No no, don't eat raw meat! Take a tiny bit and give it a quick fry in a pan with some oil to taste it. Then you'll know if it's missing something. But trust me, if you like sweet and salty flavors - you're going to love these!
Step 3: Roll out your meatballs.
Tip: Be gentle! Don't roll your meatballs too tightly. If they're packed too tightly, then you're going to get tough, chewy, and rubbery meatballs.
Step 4: Bake in the oven.
While there is a time and a place for pan frying meatballs, baking these are our preferred method.
Step 5: Give the little meatballs one last cook in a sauté pan in a sweet-salty hoisin soy sauce mixture until it bubble and thickens and coats the meatballs.
And done! Sprinkle with some sesame seeds and fresh chopped green onions and these Sweet Sesame Ginger Meatballs are little bites of sweet, salty, Asian inspired deliciousness.
How to Serve:
As an appetizer, on a toothpick.
Or as a meal, on a bed of rice!
Or just eat out of a bowl! However you want to serve them, do it. Just make them. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.
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Sweet Sesame Ginger Meatballs
- Sauté pan
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger minced or grated
- 4 cloves fresh garlic minced or grated
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
- 2 teaspoon sesame oil, divided
- 4 tablespoons soy sauce, divided or low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons hoisen
- 1/3 cup water
- fresh diced scallions
- sesame seeds
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and lightly grease a large baking sheet.
- In a large bowl, add turkey and garlic and ginger and mix well. Then add egg, panko, sesame oil, and 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and mix well.
- Roll out 1 1/2 - 2 inch meatballs and place on baking sheet. (Approximately 20)
- Bake for 10 mins and then rotate pan and bake for another 10 minutes.
- Heat a large sauté pan to medium. Transfer meatballs to a large sauté pan that will fit them all. In a small bowl mix the remaining 3 tablespoons of soy sauce , 2 tablespoons of hoisin, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil. Coat and turn meatballs in sauce as it bubbles and thickens and then add water or stock to pan to deglaze it, and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
- Remove meatballs, add to a bowl and pour remaining sauce on meatballs. Serve as an appetizer or over a bed of rice.
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