SLOW COOKER TERIYAKI MEATBALLS — Meatballs are simmered in the slow cooker in a flavorful, sweet and spicy homemade teriyaki sauce.
My youngest is a fan of pretty much anything covered in teriyaki sauce, so I knew these Slow Cooker Teriyaki Meatballs would be a big hit at my house.
I just love those precooked frozen meatballs. There are so many ways to use them in quick and easy family dinner recipes, and this teriyaki meatball recipe is about as easy as the come.
You just put a few dozen frozen meatballs in your slow cooker, then whisk together the teriyaki sauce, pour it over the meatballs, then cover and cook for 4-6 hours.
Finish the meatballs off with some green onions and sesame seeds, serve it all over hot cooked rice, and you’ve got a hot, hearty meal the whole family will love.
The teriyaki sauce is the perfect blend of sweet and spicy ingredients like soy soy sauce, garlic, brow sugar, ginger, red pepper and pineapple juice.
Sometimes I buy plain old pineapple juice. Other times, I open a can of pineapple chunks, reserve the juice, and throw the pineapple right in the slow cooker with my meatballs.
You could also add mushrooms, sliced bell peppers, broccoli, or snow peas to the mix for a delicious one-pot meal. I recommend adding veggies with just one or two hours of cooking time left, so they don’t get overdone.
I usually just serve some steamed vegetables on the side, since a few people around here have some strong opinions about vegetables.
However you serve up these teriyaki meatballs, this is a meal your family will request again and again. At least, mine does!
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Here’s what you’ll need to make Slow Cooker Teriyaki Meatballs
- Frozen meatballs
- Soy sauce
- Pineapple juice
- Brown sugar
- Spices: ground ginger, red pepper flakes
- Sesame oil
- 2 dozen precooked, frozen meatballs
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
- 1/3 cup beef broth
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- Place meatballs in a lightly greased slow cooker.
- To make teriyaki sauce: in a medium bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients until smooth.
- Pour sauce over meatballs. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours, or until sauce bubbles and thickens. To speed up thickening, you may turn the slow cooker to high for the last hour of cooking time.
- Serve over hot cooked rice.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 187 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 25mg Sodium: 885mg Carbohydrates: 21g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 16g Protein: 7g
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