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Asian meatballs with Chili Sauce served on a blue and white plate with rice and spring onions

Air Fried Asian Meatballs with Chili Sweet and Sour Sauce

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  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Meat Recipes
  • Cuisine: Asian


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 imagineΒ a plate full of meatballs covered in this sweet and sour, yummy stickyΒ Chilli sauce. Can you see and smell it?

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


Units Scale


  • 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
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 heaped tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs *
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • Sliced spring onions for garnish

Chili Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • 12 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
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauc
  • 3/4 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 testedΒ Melanie KramarΒ 


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 996
  • Sugar: 22
  • Sodium: 2255
  • Fat: 46
  • Saturated Fat: 16
  • Unsaturated Fat: 21
  • Trans Fat: 1
  • Carbohydrates: 80
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 62
  • Cholesterol: 184

Keywords: Asian Meatballs, Chili Sweet and Sour Sauce

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