Beef Meatballs with Pineapple Soy Glaze

by Beyond Kimchee on May 13, 2014 · 29 comments

Beef Meatballs with Pineapple Soy GlazeEveryone seems to like meatballs. I do, too.

I love my mother’s meatballs. She mixes ground beef with finely chopped mushrooms, bell pepper, and garlic, then coat with flour and egg, and pan fry them in little oil. They are flavorful and so good with a bowl of rice.

Although my mom’s meatballs are great the way they are, I wanted to take her beef meatballs and cover with delicious pineapple soy glaze to give a little twist. And the result is fantastic!


alls with Pineapple Soy GlazeThe savory meatballs are so well balanced with slightly sweet glaze made with pineapple juice, and my kids went nuts over them.

The beauty of this recipe is that you can bake these meatballs, which will reduce the fat intake, and they are gluten-free as long as you use gluten-free soy sauce.

If you don’t mind mincing the vegetables (or use one of those mini food processor to make your life easier), the recipe itself is very easy and quick to make. Once you taste these meatballs, they might become one of your favorite Asian meatballs recipe.


Korean beef meatballsCombine the ground beef (preferably ground sirloin), finely chopped mushrooms, red bell peppers, green onion, garlic, rice flour, egg, and season with salt and pepper.


Korean beef meatballsMix well with a folk.


Korean beef meatballsRoll them into your desired size meatballs. Mines are about 1-1/2″ in diameter. Place them over a greased pan.


Korean beef meatballsBake them in a preheated 375 degree F. oven for 18-20 minutes, turning them once in the halfway of cooking.


Korean beef meatballsWhen meatballs are almost done baking, mix all the glaze ingredients in a bowl.


Korean beef meatballsBoil the sauce in a hot skillet to thicken.


Korean beef meatballsAdd the meatballs and coat them will with the delicious glaze.


Korean beef meatballsSprinkle your nutty love~ (the toasted sesame seeds!), and they are ready to sit on top of steamy rice.

Whenever I make something that is Korean style, I usually recommend to serve with Kimchi. But this is one of the dishes that I DO NOT recommend to serve with Kimchi, though. I think the flavor of kimchi will over-power the glaze.  Instead try with sugar snap peas. I found the combination is just perfect to go together.


alls with Pineapple Soy Glaze

The weather is so beautiful these days. The bright rays of a spring sun is boosting me up when I step outside and I feel like all of my daily stress is getting washed out.

I hope you soak up the sun as well, and be happy. Enjoy this recipe!


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alls with Pineapple Soy Glaze

Beef Meatballs with Pineapple Soy Glaze
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For the meatballs
  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • 2 oz button mushrooms, minced
  • ¼ red bell pepper, minced
  • 2 green onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoon rice flour or 2 tablespoon plain bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • dashes pepper
For the glaze
  • 6 tablespoon pineapple juice
  • 5 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon pureed ginger
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. For the meatballs, combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well with a folk. Roll into the desired size of meatballs, or about 1-1/2" in diameter. Bake the meatballs in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes until done. Turn the meatballs to the other side during the half way of cooking.
  3. For the glaze, combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir very well to dissolve the sugar. Heat a skillet over med-high heat, add the glaze mixture and boil until it becomes a thick glaze, stirring constantly. Add the meatballs and coat with the glaze. Serve over hot steamed rice.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: about 4

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John@Kitchen Riffs May 13, 2014 at 9:27 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever had a meatball I didn’t like. Oddly enough, I rarely make them myself. Weird. I gotta get over that! This would be a wonderful place to start — these look terrific. Thanks.


Janet May 13, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Hi, the first ingredient under the glaze is pineapple glaze. Is that supposed to be juice or is pineapple glaze sold in a bottle?




Holly May 13, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Oh, it is pineapple juice. I corrected it. Thanks for pointing it out.


Jeanne May 14, 2014 at 1:44 am

Sounds delish! Gotta try this one! I love the combination of sweet pepper with the beef, somewhat similar to what my own mother used to make, though hers had tomatoes too. Thanks, Holly, for this great idea.


Holly May 14, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Glad that you like this. Tomatoes sounds good in the meatballs. It is so intriguing to know how versatile everyone’s meatballs are.


LucyL May 14, 2014 at 11:24 am

My mouth is watering like crazy!!!! Can’t wait to try it!


Holly May 14, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Ha ha! Thanks Lucy.


Mary Frances May 16, 2014 at 10:37 am

Meatballs are so versatile. They can be made with so many different flavors and served in so many different ways. It’s no wonder why everybody loves them!


Bauyen MINET May 17, 2014 at 7:38 am

Hi Holly, tried this recipe for Lunch today and the verdict is…my whole family loves it! Especially my 3 years old son! These sweet and sour bursting with flavour meatballs are just so satisfying with a bowl of hot rice. This will definitely be one of my regular recipes. Thanks alot for this recipe!


Lynna May 17, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Oh my…I am totally drooling from looking at these photos!!! I love the flavors. Meatballs are totally awesome.


Holly Y May 17, 2014 at 10:21 pm

This looks so good. I’m really glad to see there’s a way to make this gluten free. We are trying to reduce our gluten intake and I’ve never thought about using rice flour in place of bread crumbs. I will try this soon. Thank you.


Trang May 21, 2014 at 11:45 pm

Hi Holly,

I made these meatballs today and my two boys devoured them to their hearts. I did not have pineapple juice so I puree some fresh pineapple chunk to use as the base of the glaze. It was so yummy. I think they will go well with bread too because my older boy loves bread.

I also love this recipe because of the vegetables that are in the meatballs. Way to go for my boys to have some of veggie intakes. They did not notice the red pepper or the mushroom until I told them.

Thank you for the recipe!!!


Holly May 22, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Hi Trang

So happy to hear that you boys liked these meatballs. My kids love them, too. This is great way to hide some vegetables in the meatballs to feed them if they are no so keen on veggies. Yes, I think they will go well with bread, too.


Veronica May 22, 2014 at 10:34 pm

Tried this for dinner and my family love it! Thanks


tamar May 23, 2014 at 1:53 am

Excellent recipe. Came together easily.


Joy May 29, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Excellent recipe. Will definitely make again. The meatballs were so tasty I might consider serving the sauce on the side, as a dipping sauce.


Holly May 29, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Glad to hear that you liked. Serving the sauce as dipping sounds very nice. It will be a wonderful finger food.


Imesch May 31, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Hello Holly . Thank you very much for a other great recipe.
Can’t wait to taste the meatballs. I am a big fan of meatballs.
Question: Do you normally use a oven with a fan. I could not find any remarks about it in your blog. Thank you. Greetings.
Harald, Switzerland


Holly June 2, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Hi Imesch
I use the oven without the fan. If you do, reduce the cooking time to 15 minutes. They are lovely Asian style meatballs to serve with rice. Hope you like them!


Harald June 2, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Hello Holly.
Thanks for the tip.
I cooked the meatballs on Saturday and again tonight.
They are just Great!
Best Regards.


Holly June 4, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Hi Harald

So great to hear that you tried this recipe twice in a row. It is very tasting meatballs, isn’t it? Thanks for your awesome comment.


Hardy July 12, 2014 at 12:26 am

this is wonderful. Mouthwatering while reading. I will give it a try asap. Thank you very much for this recipe. Think I will find lots of inspiration on your blog.


Hardy July 13, 2014 at 5:58 am

Hello Holly,
thank you very much for this wonderful recipe. I will try it asap. Love all this asian style cooking and the special taste of the typical herbs.
Thats why I will follow your blog to get some nice inspirations. It’s not so easy to get all this stuff in Germany but I will try my best.
Keep on cooking


Holly July 13, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Hi Hardy
Great to hear from you. I totally understand how hard it is to get the Korean ingredients in Germany. Hope you get to try some of my recipes. And congratulations on Germany’s championship in World Cup. It was a great game!


Liz July 14, 2014 at 6:37 pm

I made this recipe for dinner but doubled it, it was so delicious, especially with white rice! My roommate who is a finicky eater ate seconds=)


Holly July 15, 2014 at 8:47 am

How wonderful! That is so great that it turned out so well. Thank you so much Liz!


Liz October 12, 2014 at 12:25 am

Would these taste as good if I substituted ground chicken for the beef or half chic/half beef?


Holly October 14, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Sure, I think any type of meat would go well with the sauce.


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