Asian Cocktail Meatballs with Gingered Hoisin Orange Sauce


Serve these flavorful and tender Asian Cocktail Meatballs with tangy hoisin sauce, some long toothpicks, and watch them disappear! You may want to double the batch and freeze half so you’ll always have some on hand.

Asian Cocktail Meatballs formed before bakingThe Meatballs

Combining ground beef with ground pork makes these meatballs especially juicy. Garlic, sesame oil, and freshly grated ginger bring out that Asian flavor profile. Plus, adding diced water chestnuts provides a nice variation in texture with a slight crunch.  Also, when forming the meatballs, feel free to use a mini ice-cream scoop to maintain consistency.

Asian Cocktail Meatballs Served on Long PlatterThe Sauce

If you’re not familiar with hoisin sauce, it is thick and fragrant with a sweet, salty taste. Some describe it as Chinese barbeque sauce. Adding fresh ginger and orange zest truly enhances the flavor. The sauce would be great over chicken or pork as well.

We served these throughout the holidays, but can and should be savored year round. Pair with our Asian Red Cabbage Slaw for a simple weeknight dinner. Enjoy!

Asian Cocktail Meatballs with Gingered Hoisin and Orange Sauce

Serve these flavorful, tender Asian cocktail meatballs with a tangy hoisin sauce, some long toothpicks, and watch them disappear!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Asian
Keyword asian recipe, cocktail meatballs, freezer friendly
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 40 1-inch meatballs
Author Kim Peterson



  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 2 eggs
  • cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup water chestnuts, drained, finely chopped
  • ½ cup scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated garlic (about 3 cloves)
  • 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • ½ teaspoon coarse ground pepper


  • cup hoisin sauce
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • Zest and juice of half an orange



  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix all meatball ingredients in a large bowl with your hands until combined. Roll into 1-inch or 1 ¼ inch-meatballs and place on large, rimmed baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes. Meatballs should be browned on the outside and cooked through.


  • While meatballs are baking, combine all sauce ingredients in a medium bowl. Season with freshly ground pepper to taste. Serve warm meatballs with sauce poured over or on the side for dipping. Garnish with thinly sliced scallions and sesame seeds, if desired. Enjoy!!


* Recipe adapted from several sources

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