I’m clearly a fan of juicy, flavorful meatballs. I made a whole bunch of variations left and right, like these Meatball Subs on a Stick or these Juicy Italian Meatballs, or my Not Too Spicy Meatballs. So I wanted to try and make something different with these Sticky Teriyaki Meatballs with an easy homemade teriyaki glaze. I’m hesitant to say that it’s a ‘homemade’ glaze because that sounds a little intimidating and like something that would have tons of ingredients. Not the case here! I used a ready-made bottle of my favorite teriyaki sauce and thickened it up with brown sugar, sesame seeds, and cornstarch. That’s it!
I like eating these meatballs over jasmine rice because the rice really soaks up a lot of that sticky sauce. I also like serving the meatballs skewered with pineapple because it’s basically a Hawaiian party in your mouth. And who doesn’t like little appetizer finger food? Take your pick, you can’t go wrong.
Yes, please. I’ll take 10.
Place the ground pork, egg, breadcrumbs, soy sauce, green onion, garlic, ginger, and black pepper into a large mixing bowl. Use your hands to evenly combine.
Roll the mixture into 24 balls, each one about the size of a heaping tablespoon. Place the meatballs on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil sprayed with non stick spray.
Bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes, until golden brown.
If you are serving the meatballs with rice, now is a good time to get that cooking. Prepare 1 cup of dry jasmine rice according to package directions. I have a rice cooker because I’m fancy like that.
Whichever way you choose to serve the meatballs, you’ll have to make some sticky teriyaki sauce. I’ve made this as easy as possible- in fact, you can use a bottle of ready made teriyaki sauce (sauce, not glaze) and thicken it up yourself. Heat a 10 ounce bottle of your favorite teriyaki sauce in a large saucepan over medium low heat. Add in the brown sugar and sesame seeds. Include a couple of tablespoons of cornstarch for thickness. Whisk to combine and let simmer for 5-7 minutes, or until thickened to a glaze-like consistency.
Remove your cooked meatballs from the baking sheet and transfer into the glaze. Gently stir to completely coat the meatballs completely. Remove from heat.
Garnish with chopped green onion and sesame seeds.