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cooked meatballs on a white platter garnished with green onion

Asian Meatballs

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Asian-meatballs-recipe, best-meatballs-recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 42 meatballs
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 lb 85/15 ground beef
  • 1 lb fresh ground pork
  • ½ cup finely chopped green onions
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp Chinese five spice powder
  • 3-4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp black pepper


  • In a medium size mixing bowl, beat the eggs with the milk, then add the ground beef and pork. To the bowl add green onions, panko, cilantro, soy sauce, orange juice, lime juice, zest and seasonings. Using your hands, mix everything together thoroughly.
  • Form into bite sized 1 inch meatballs and place onto a pan or platter.
  • In a deep pot on the stovetop heat a couple of drizzles of olive oil. Fry in batches over medium high heat for around 8 minutes total turning as needed.
  • Drain on paper towels and serve warm with a side of sweet and spicy chili sauce.


To bake the meatballs: Spray a baking pan with cooking spray. Arrange the meatballs on the pan. Place into the oven and bake at 375°F for 20 minutes. Increase the temperature to 425°F and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until browned.