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Crock Pot Savory Asian Meatballs

[ 1 ] September 13, 2013 |

asian meatballs

These Asian-inspired meatballs combine a traditional meatball, with scallions, ginger, and Chinese five-spice powder. This recipe is truly hearty, perfect for cooler evenings.

I prefer to use the leanest ground meats I can find, but I’ve also found that fattier varieties sometimes cook a little better, so the choice is really up to you.
For a fun twist, you could also make these half the size, and serve them with toothpicks and low-sodium teriyaki sauce. Super easy to make! These Asian meatballs would also be delicious served with steamed snow peas.

Crock Pot Savory Asian Meatballs

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Serving Size: 2 meatballs and 1/6 of the rice


1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef or pork
3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3 green onions, sliced, plus more for serving
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger root
1 tbsp diced onion
1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
1 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 cup low-sodium beef or chicken broth
1/2 cup ketchup
1 8-oz can tomato sauce
3 tbsp rice vinegar
3 cups cooked brown rice

Step by Step

  1. Coat slow cooker bowl with sesame oil, or nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine meat, panko, eggs, green onions, ginger, onion, five-spice powder and soy sauce.
  3. Form into 12 meatballs, a generous 1/4 cup each.
  4. Combine broth, ketchup, tomato sauce and vinegar.
  5. Pour into slow cooker; place meatballs in bottom in a single layer.
  6. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours, or HIGH for 6 hours.
  7. Serve with rice, and garnish with sliced green onions if desired. Enjoy!


WW PP 11; Calories 431; Total Fat 10.3g; Saturated Fat 3.4g; Trans Fat 0.0g; Cholesterol 156mg; Sodium 844mg; Total Carbohydrates 39.7g; Dietary Fiber 2.2g; Sugars 7.5g; Protein 42.1g

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Category: Appetizers, Beef, Main Dish, Pork, Slow Cooker

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