Ginger-Spiced Turkey Meatballs Glazed with Sweet Pineapple Soy Glaze

Ginger-Spiced Turkey Meatballs Glazed with Sweet Pineapple Soy Glaze
Kathy Fang

These turkey meatballs are perfect to go with any main dish or to serve even as appetizers. They can be made by grilling or baking. 

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6
Servings
487
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the turkey meatballs

  • 1 1/2  Pound  ground turkey meat
  • 1  Tablespoon  minced fresh ginger
  • 1  Teaspoon  ginger powder
  • 4  Tablespoons  soy sauce
  • 1  Tablespoon  xiao xing wine
  • 1  Tablespoon  salt
  • 1  Tablespoon  garlic salt
  • 1  Tablespoon  sugar
  • 1/4  Cup  panko breadcrumbs
  • 2  Teaspoons  cornstarch
  • 3  Tablespoons  sesame oil

For the pineapple glaze

  • 2  Cups  pineapple juice
  • 1/2  Cup  brown sugar
  • 1/4  Cup  white sugar
  • 1/4  Cup  soy sauce
  • 1/4  Cup  honey
  • 2  Tablespoons  cherry balsamic vinegar
  • 1  Teaspoon  white pepper
  • Chopped pineapple, for garnish

Directions

For the turkey meatballs

Mix all ingredients for the meatball until fully incorporated.

Scoop a large tablespoon of ground meat and hand-roll meatballs into small balls.

In a large pan, heat oil and place each meatball into the pan until the pan is full. Turn the meatballs until all sides are brown.

Turn to lower heat and add pineapple glaze. Cover with a lid and let it simmer until the sauce is absorbed by the turkey meatballs. Uncover, flip meatballs, and coat evenly. 

Remove the meatballs once the sauce is mostly absorbed and glazed. Use a skewer and place 2 meatballs on each wooden skewer. 

Alternative:  These meatballs can also be grilled or baked. 
Baking Temperature: 375 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes with the pineapple glaze poured over it and baste the meatballs similar to the wings.

For the pineapple glaze

In a separate sauce pan, place all pineapple glaze ingredients together and simmer until sauce thickens.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
24g
34%
Sugar
15g
17%
Saturated Fat
6g
25%
Cholesterol
89mg
30%
Carbohydrate, by difference
38g
29%
Protein
35g
76%
Vitamin A, RAE
17µg
2%
Vitamin B-12
2µg
83%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
9mg
12%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
70mg
7%
Choline, total
88mg
21%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Folate, total
46µg
12%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
70mg
22%
Niacin
15mg
100%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
371mg
53%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
36µg
65%
Sodium, Na
1386mg
92%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
157g
6%
Zinc, Zn
3mg
38%

Ginger Shopping Tip

Staples of Asian cuisine such as ginger, daikon, rice vinegar, and spicy chile sauces like Sriracha add bright, fresh flavors without lots of fuss.

Ginger Cooking Tip

Sriracha has good heat but also has flavor - its mild sweetness comes from sun-ripened chile peppers as well as sugar and garlic.