Sweet and Sour Meatballs

These Sweet and Sour Meatballs are made with frozen meatballs and pineapple chunks and are covered in a DELICIOUS homemade sweet and sour sauce!! It’s the perfect appetizer or dinner idea served over rice or noodles.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Easy Sweet and Sour Meatballs

We LOVE meatballs!! We may not have always liked them as a kid, but now that we are grown up, we can’t get enough of them!! We have all sorts of versions here on the site, including a homemade meatball version and have loved trying out different recipes with them. Sometimes we take the easy route and just buy frozen meatballs, like what we did with today’s recipe for these easy sweet and sour meatballs.

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We’ve been long time fans of all things sweet and sour (if you are too, you’ll love our sweet and sour chicken recipe), and we were excited to try a meatball version. We were so happy with the result. Not only was the recipe simple, but the flavors of the meatballs, sauce, and veggies were amazing! We have a homemade sweet and sour sauce we LOVE, but this is a quicker and more simple version that we loved too!

How to Make Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Sweet and Sour Sauce for Meatballs

Like I mentioned, this sauce is easy and quick!! Here are the ingredients needed to make it:

  • brown sugar
  • vinegar
  • ketchup
  • soy sauce
  • pineapple juice
  • cornstarch

To make it you will add the brown sugar, vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce and 2 cups of the pineapple juice to a large skillet. Bring this to a boil. While the sauce is bowling, mix cornstarch with 1/4 cup of the remaining pineapple juice, whisking to get out all the lumps. Add this to your boiling sauce mixture. From there you will turn the heat and add the meatballs, veggies and pineapple chunks.

Serve these delicious meatballs over rice or noodles and you’re set! Or just keep warm in a slow cooker and serve at your next party!!

Easy Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Bring to a simmer…

Sweet Sour Meatballs

We LOVE these meatballs are so excited to make them more often! Check out the recipe below and let us know what you think. We hope you love them as much as we do! 😉

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe

5 from 6 votes

These Sweet and Sour Meatballs are made with frozen meatballs and pineapple chunks and are covered in a DELICIOUS homemade sweet and sour sauce!! It's the perfect appetizer or dinner idea served over rice or noodles.

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 298 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup Rice Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 1/4 cups Pineapple Juice
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 25 All-Purpose Meatballs (frozen if fine)
  • 1 cup Drained Small Pineapple Chunks
  • 2 tbsp Sliced Green Onions for garnish
  • Rice for serving

Instructions

  1. Add brown sugar, vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce and 2 cups of pineapple juice to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil.

  2. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and remaining ¼ cup pineapple juice together, whisking to get out all the lumps. Whisk into your skillet and add Meatballs. Bring to a simmer. Cover and cook 8-10 minutes, until sauce has thickened and the meatballs are heated through. Stir in pineapple chunks. Serve warm over rice.

Adapted from foodnetwork.com

Sweet and Sour Meatballs - frozen meatballs and pineapple chunks covered in a DELICIOUS homemade sweet and sour sauce!! A recipe the whole family will love!

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Added half a can of crushed pineapple to sauce, 1/4 cup ketchup,and all the juice from the canned pineapple(1/2 cup) with 1 cup water. Excellent and will make again! – Zomick’s

  2. Thankyou. No seriously. THANK YOU!!! I made this up and added a few more veggies for my veggie loving kids – and kept the meatballs for my carnivore hubby and brother. The sauce is A-MAZE-ING! So so so yummy! It has to be said – it tastes better than my local Chinese Restaurant. This is going on the “must make again and again” list because it’s heavenly.

    Tonight I am so thankful for you!

      1. How is this in crockpot with just meatballs and sauce? No pineapple or peppers. How long in crockpot if so? Thanks much!

        1. I haven’t done them in the crock pot. It’s done over the skillet, but you could probably transfer it to a crock pot, if you need to. You stir in pineapple chunks & you could add the peppers, until they are heated through. Hope that helps!

      1. Forgot to update! 🙂 but it was a hit! I add shredded carrots to my meatballs. Brought the leftover in my workplace the following day and share it with my colleagues. They also love it! Thank you.

  3. The original recipe doesn’t list ketchup in the ingredients but it’s referenced in the instructions. How much do you use? Thanks!

    1. In the comments someone says 1/4 cup ketchup but you’re right, it’s not listed as an ingredient in the recipe until it says to add it but then you don’t know how much.

  4. Where did you find rice wine vinegar? All I can find in my local stores ( Wal-mart, Target, Publix, Fresh Market) is rice vinegar. Also ketchup is not listed in ingredent list, but is listed in the directions. Is it required or optional? If required how much? Picture shows bell peppers but no mention of them in recipe, so do we use them or not? Thanks for the clarification, can’t wait to try.

    1. I use this recipe all the time leave the veg and meatballs out and use it for a dipping sauce for spring rolls ect
      I use any vinegar it works all the same. I just make my meatballs cook them in the oven make the sauce bring it to a boil then throw the veg in cook until veg are tender then put the meatballs in the sauce simmer for about 20 minutes serve with rice.