The Best Sweet And Sour Meatballs {So Easy}

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These are the best Sweet And Sour Meatballs you will ever try. Made with frozen meatballs, pineapple tidbits, and a delicious homemade sweet and sour sauce. This easy 20 minute meal can be served over rice for the perfect family dinner, or a party appetizer that everyone will love.

The best sweet and sour meatballs served on a plate of white rice with pineapple on the side

Sweet and sour sauce is one of our favorite things in our home. It’s rich, tangy, and packed full of flavor. This homemade sweet and sour sauce is so easy to make and I usually have all the ingredients on hand.

Another one of my favorite things about this amazing recipe is that it’s made in one pan for easy clean up. It is perfect for those busy weeknights when you are on the go, but want a delicious filling meal to feed your family. It’s takes just 20 minutes from start to finish.

If you love this sweet and sour meatball recipe, you are going to love one of our popular recipes, Sticky Asian Glazed Meatball recipe. They are both perfect for for party or game day appetizers, or served at a holiday party.

Ingredients needed for sweet and sour meatballs

  • Meatballs
  • Brown Sugar
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Ketchup
  • Chili Sauce
  • Soy Sauce
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Pineapple Chunks
  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Rice For Serving

How to make sweet and sour meatballs

  • In a large skillet whisk together brown sugar, rice vinegar, ketchup, chili sauce, soy sauce, and pineapple juice and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Make cornstarch slurry by whisking cold water and cornstarch in a small cup. Slowly whisk cornstarch slurry into sweet and sour sauce, and continue stirring until sauce starts to thicken.
  • Add frozen meatballs to skillet and bring to a simmer.
  • Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until meatballs are warm throughout.
  • Stir in chopped pineapple tidbits.
  • Serve over rice, or as an appetizer. Enjoy!

What to serve with meatballs

Sweet and sour meatballs are delicious served as an appetizer at a party or on game day. We love to serve our homemade meatballs as an easy family dinner by serving it over white rice, brown rice, or quinoa.

Sweet and sour meatballs in a bowl served with green onions and sesame seeds for garnish

Can I make sweet and sour meatballs in the crock pot?

Of course you can! For best results prepare the sauce in a sauce pan on the stove before adding it to the crock pot with your meatballs. Set your crock pot on low and cook for 3-4 hours. Enjoy!

Can I use Homemade meatballs?

Yes! I prefer to use frozen meatballs when I’m short on time, but if you are in the mood for making your own meatballs, you can find an easy recipe for homemade ground turkey meatballs here. Just follow the instructions for making the meatballs, but skip the sticky Asian glazed sauce.

Can you freeze sweet and sour meatballs?

Yes, these meatballs freeze beautifully. Simply add frozen meatballs and sauce to a zip lock bag and place in the freezer. I recommend preparing the sauce in a saucepan on the stove and letting it cool completely before adding it to the zip lock bag. When you are ready to serve, remove from the freezer and dump the entire bag in your crock pot. Cook on low for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally.

Sweet and sour meatballs piled in a bowl with green onions and pineapple chunks on the side

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Sweet and sour meatballs served with white rice

The Best Sweet And Sour Meatballs

April King
These are the best Sweet And Sour Meatballs you will ever try. Made with frozen meatballs, pineapple tidbits, and a delicious homemade sweet and sour sauce. This easy 20 minute meal can be served over rice for the perfect family dinner, or a party appetizer that everyone will love.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine American, Chinese
Servings 6
Calories 495 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 32 oz. package frozen meatballs
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 4 Tbsp. chili Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 cup pineapple tidbits, chopped
  • Rice and chopped green onions for serving

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet whisk together brown sugar, rice vinegar, ketchup, chili sauce, soy sauce, and pineapple juice and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Make cornstarch slurry by whisking cold water and cornstarch in a small cup. Slowly whisk cornstarch slurry into sweet and sour sauce, and continue stirring until sauce starts to thicken.
  • Add frozen meatballs to skillet and bring to a simmer.
  • Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until meatballs are warm throughout.
  • Stir in chopped pineapple tidbits.
  • Serve over rice, or as an appetizer. Enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on Modernmealmakeover.com should only be used as a general guideline.

Nutrition

Calories: 495kcalCarbohydrates: 49.6gProtein: 31.3gFat: 16.2gPotassium: 186.3mgFiber: 1.4gSugar: 36gVitamin A: 10.9IUVitamin C: 48.8mgCalcium: 40.8mgIron: 11.5mg
Keyword Sweet And Sour Meatballs
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