Serve these garlicky, sweet Sesame Soy Glazed Cocktail Meatballs as a flavorful appetizer or with steamed veggies and rice for a delicious, family-friendly meal.
Packed with big, bold flavor from ginger, garlic, chili, scallions, sesame and soy this dish will become one of your frequently made favorites.
Easy crowd-pleasing appetizer recipe
Sticky, sweet and gingery these Sesame Soy Glazed Cocktail Meatballs are always quick to disappear when served as an appetizer at parties and kids love them too!
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The best part is it doesn’t take much effort to mix ’em up.
Simply make a homemade sesame soy sauce using NEW P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu Soy Sauce and use it in the recipe three ways! As a seasoning for the meatballs, as a glaze and as a dipping sauce. For three layers of lightly sweet, spicy and salty sesame-soy sauce gives these little bites a big dose of flavor.
After a quick pop in a hot oven and the delicious, flavor packed appetizer for cocktail night (or fast weeknight meal!) is complete.
- Soy sauce – NEW P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu Soy Sauce is lower sodium than regular soy giving you complete control of the salt level in your homemade sesame soy sauce. If you don’t feel like making your own sesame-soy sauce do what I did in this Sesame Chicken Salad and simply use the NEW P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu Mongolian Sauce or any of the original Teriyaki, Kung Pao, or Sesame flavors instead. I’ve made Kung Pao and Teriyaki meatballs using the bottled sauces and it works great! Delicious authentic cuisine from a bottle. Ain’t no shame in that. Find NEW P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu Soy Sauce with all the other delicious P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu Sauces in the Asian food aisle of your local Walmart. I love how using the NEW P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu sauces from Walmart makes creating your favorite recipes simple and convenient.
- Ground beef – good quality sirloin. Either 80/20 or 70/30 mix.
- Sesame oil
- Chili garlic sauce
- Brown sugar
- Chopped garlic
- Panko bread crumbs
- Sesame seeds
Step by step instructions
- Prepare sesame soy sauce. Divide in two, reserve half for both glazing and dipping later.
- And use the other half to season the meatballs. Mix into ground beef with crispy panko bread crumbs, egg and scallions. Form into about fifty 1″ or twenty 2″ meatballs with a metal scoop or wet hands.
- Preheat oven and place meatballs on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake, glazing with sauce halfway through.
The same method can be used with leftover flaked salmon (or canned salmon) instead of ground beef to make Sesame Soy Salmon Cakes.
sesame soy sauce
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup P.F. Chang’s Home Menu®Soy Sauce
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon chili garlic paste sambal olek
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 8 cloves garlic grated
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated, or 1/4 teaspoon dried
sesame soy meatballs
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 3 medium scallions 1 sliced, 2 minced
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine sugar, soy, sesame oil, chili paste, garlic, ginger and salt. set aside.
- Add 1/4 cup sesame soy sauce to ground beef in large bowl, reserve remaining.
- Mix egg, panko, and scallions to the seasoned beef. Using a small scooop or moist hands shape into roughly 50 1″ meatballs for appetizers or 20 1 1/2″ meatballs for a meal.
- Place on prepared baking sheet and bake.
- Meanwhile, stir sesame seeds into reserved sesame-soy sauce, then remove 2 tablespoons for glazing and keep the rest as a dipping sauce.
- After 15 minutes in the oven, baste the meatballs with sesame-soy glaze and bake an additional 5-10 minutes or until cooked through.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds and sliced scallion and serve with dipping sauce.
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