I love delicious food and entertaining, but I don’t always like spending hours in the kitchen for that outcome. If I can use a shortcut, I will. These Honey Garlic Meatballs are made with a sweet and tangy glaze. The shortcut part comes from using store-bought meatballs to save time and money. They’re great as a party appetizer, or you can serve them as part of a main course. I love how versatile they are!
There are so many great choices for store-bought meatballs now. The frozen section has several brands to pick from and you can simply follow the package instructions. You don’t want to buy a meatball that has too heavy of Italian seasoning flavor to it.
The other option is to purchase from the prepared refrigerated foods, in your meat department. These are meatballs that are already prepared for you and you’ll just have to bake them yourself. Obviously, this gives you a much more homemade feel.
Either way, using store-bought meatballs is an easy shortcut and makes a simple base for these Honey Garlic Meatballs.
Shortcut Honey Garlic Meatballs Recipe
The cornstarch in this recipe makes that thick, translucent, glaze that will coat the meatballs. It’s the type of sauce that’s commonly found on your favorite Chinese takeout too. The Asian flavors, finished with the green onions, really makes the dish.
What To Serve With Honey Garlic Meatballs
If you’re serving the meatballs as an appetizer, just add some toothpicks with them. Guests can serve themselves and it can be part of an appetizer collection for a cocktail hour. If you want to make the meatballs as part of a main course, I like them on top of Chinese noodles, rice, or spaghetti squash (for a low carb version).
Want to make a themed Asian inspired dinner? My kids love when we have an entire dinner with a theme. We even pick a move that accompanies it. For dessert, you can try making homemade mochi ice cream!
How To Store Leftover Honey Garlic Meatballs
If you have any leftovers, you can either freeze or refrigerate the meatballs. In the refrigerator, the meatballs are good for another 5-6 days. To reheat the meatballs, just warm them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes and stir the sauce again.
To freeze the meatballs, place them in an air-tight container. They’ll be good, and ready to enjoy again, after defrosting. Add fresh green onions before serving.
What You’ll Need From The Grocery Store:
- 2 lbs Meatballs
- Beef Broth
- Soy Sauce
- Brown Sugar
- Minced Ginger
- Garlic, minced
Step-By-Step Directions To Make Honey Garlic Meatballs
- 2 lbs Meatballs
- 2 cups Beef Broth
- 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
- 1/2 cup Honey
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 2 teaspoons Minced Ginger
- 4 cloves Garlic, minced
- 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
- 1/2 cup Hot Water
- Prepare meatballs according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, combine the beef broth, soy sauce, honey and brown sugar. Cook together for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the garlic and ginger and continue to cook for 2 minutes.
In a small bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup hot water plus 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch to form a slurry.
- Whisk the slurry into the honey garlic sauce and increase heat to high.
Bring the honey garlic sauce to a boil for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, then reduce to medium to continue simmering for 5 minutes.
- Coat the meatballs in the honey garlic sauce. Serve garnished with sesame seeds and green onions, if desired.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 215Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 710mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 9g
**Nutrition is calculated by a third party. Actual values may vary.