Honey Garlic Meatballs – with an easy Honey Garlic Sauce recipe

Posted on Mar 31 2016 - 12:22pm by Barry C. Parsons

Honey Garlic Meatballs with an easy Honey Garlic Sauce recipe – make beef or pork meatballs with the easiest, most delicious Honey Garlic Sauce you’ll find.

Honey Garlic Meatballs

Honey Garlic Meatballs

Honey Garlic Meatballs used to be a bit of a go-to recipe at our house and it actually surprised me that I hadn’t posted this recipe yet. With about 1500 recipes on site now, it gets hard to keep track sometimes. Still, as pot luck favourites or quick dinner ideas go, you can’t beat a simple meal of honey garlic meatballs. 


It’s a great dish to double or triple when you are feeding a crowd or even to serve as party finger food. I sometimes glaze them in the oven and serve with tooth picks for the latter purpose.

Whenever I make meatballs, I rarely, if ever, make a single batch. I always make enough for at least two meals. I then freeze half on a recycled styrofoam meat tray for next time. Then it’s only to pull them from the freezer to thaw during the day, and then finish the preparation and sauce before dinner. 

One of the reasons I’ve been making more meatballs lately, is that I’m more and more taking the little extra time to grind my own pork and beef using my meat grinder attachment on my KitchenAid Mixer. The difference it makes is quite substantial, both in being able to control the fat content of the ground meat and the coarseness of the grind.

I love the meatier, less spongy texture that coarsely ground pork or beef makes in meatballs. If you’ve never ground your own chuck roast for burgers, you are really missing out there too. The flavour is just so much better than any regular ground beef that I’ve tried.

My kids loved these meatballs and poured the sauce over the simple steamed rice that we served with them. A couple of simple steamed veggies for a complete meal is all that we needed in addition.

Stay tuned for a couple more great meatball meal recipe ideas that I have planned soon.

Honey Garlic Meatballs

Honey Garlic Meatballs

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Honey Garlic Meatballs

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Honey Garlic Meatballs with easy Honey Garlic Sauce recipe
Honey Garlic Meatballs
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hrs
Honey Garlic Meatballs with an easy Honey Garlic Sauce recipe - make beef or pork meatballs with the easiest, most delicious Honey Garlic Sauce you'll find.
Course: Dinner
Author: Barry C. Parsons
For the sauce
  • 4-5 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese 5 Spice Powder
  • 1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp corn starch dissolved in 1/4 cup water as a thickening slurry
For the meatballs
  • 2 lbs coarsely ground pork or beef or half & half of both
  • 1 cup bread crumbs lightly packed
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground dry thyme
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 4 tbsp finely chopped green onion
  • 2 tbsp freshly grated ginger substitute 2 tsp powdered ginger if necessary
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
To prepare the sauce
  1. Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the minced garlic and sauté for only a minute or so until it softens but does not brown.
  3. Add the water, honey, soy sauce, 5 spice powder and pepper. (Do not add salt, there is plenty on the soy sauce.)
  4. Let this mixture simmer for a few minutes then thicken with the slurry of cornstarch and water. Stir constantly as you add the slurry to the sauce. cook for an additional minute before taking the sauce off the heat.
To prepare the meatballs
  1. Pour the milk over the breadcrumbs to soak while you gather the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Put all ingredients in a large bowl and mix together well.
  3. Form into 2 inch balls. Keeping your hands wet with cold water prevents the mixture from sticking to your hands.
  4. Brown the meatballs on all sides in a non stick frying pan for about 10 minutes. You want to get some good colour on them.
  5. Add the meatballs to a small covered casserole dish and pour the sauce over them. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 30-40 minutes; the sauce should be bubbling well at this point. Serve over steamed rice or thin Chinese noodles.


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These sound good Barry. Thank you and I’m looking forward to your other meatball recipes.


I gave this recipe a try and it was very good. Would make again. Next time I will try the recipe with chicken thighs.


Have you ever made these in a slow cooker ??


Where would I get Chinese 5 spice powder?


Hi Barry! Thank U very much for the recipe! I’m Brazilian and I lived in Canada, where I tried for the first time. I just did you’re recipe, and it’s my Canada coming back!! Thank u so much!