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Air Fried Asian Meatballs With Chili Sweet and Sour Sauce on Jasmine Rice. 

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Air Fried Asian Meatballs with Chili Sweet and Sour Sauce

Asian Meatballs Air Fried

If you love meatballs and also Asian-style flavors, you will love this easy and quick, delicious meal.

Close your eyes for one moment, and imagine a plate full of meatballs covered in this sweet and sour, yummy sticky Chilli sauce. Can you see and smell it?

Yes, I know you can, so dig in and enjoy and savor each bite!

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour



  • 600gr ground beef
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped spring onion
  • 3 cloves crushed garlic
  • Thumb sized grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce 
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce 
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce 
  • 1 tbsp garlic chili paste 
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 heaped tsp cornstarch
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs *
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • Sliced spring onions for garnish 

Chili Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • 1-2 red chili, sliced
  • 1 heaped tsp garlic/ginger paste
  • 1 tsp (sesame) oil (any)
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar 
  • 3 tbsp vinegar
  • 3 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • ¼ cup tomato sauc
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • Cornstarch slurry (1 tbsp cornstarch + 1 tbsp water)



Mix all together and using a scoop form Uniform Uniform Meatballs and set aside for half an hour.

Preheat Air Fryer. Air Fry at 180 degrees C for 15 minutes. No need to flip.

Chili Sweet and Sour Sauce:

In a bowl, mix the brown sugar, vinegar, sweet chili sauce, tomato sauce, and water.

Heat oil, add chili, and ginger garlic paste. Stir till fragrant.

Add the mixture in the bowl and bring it to a boil.

Add the soy sauce and the cornstarch slurry and allow to thicken.

Pour over meatballs and garnish with chopped spring onions.


* My breadcrumbs were Salticrax Biscuits processed (to which I added garlic and onion powder and pepper).

I also added 1 tsp sesame oil to the water when making Jasmine Rice.

Prepared, tried, and tested Melanie Kramar

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 996Total Fat 46gSaturated Fat 16gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 21gCholesterol 184mgSodium 2255mgCarbohydrates 80gFiber 3gSugar 22gProtein 62g

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If you like this feel free to print this and use both the Air Fried Asian meatballs as well as the Chicken Zucchini meatballs recipes at home.



What is hoisin sauce made of?

The key ingredient of hoisin sauce is fermented soybean paste. Beijing-style hoisin sauce ingredients include starches such as sweet potato, wheat and rice, and water, sugar, soybeans, sesame seeds, white distilled vinegar, salt, garlic, red chili peppers, and sometimes preservatives or coloring agents.

Any suggestions of what can I use instead of hoisin sauce?

If you don’t have any on hand, try combining: 1 cup (minus 3 tablespoons) thick barbecue sauce, 3 tablespoons molasses, 4 teaspoons soy sauce, 4 teaspoons yeast extract, and 2 1/2 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder.
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