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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

These Sweet and Sour Meatballs are a family favourite!  Easy to make and are delicious served over rice.

Today I’m sharing a family favourite recipe…Sweet and Sour Meatballs.  When I make this for dinner the kids run to the table!  Delicious with rice and a green vegetable.

A Classic Dinner Recipe

This is a great recipe to add to your meal planning. It’s simple to make and I haven’t met a person yet that doesn’t love it!  In fact this recipe has stood the test of time…it appeared on my dinner table when I was a kid too!

a close up view of an enamel pan filled with sweet and sour meatballs. sitting on a grey background and blue checked towel

Made with simple ingredients right from the pantry.

Nothing fancy here, just simple ingredients.  The sweet sauce is made with vinegar and ketchup to give it the perfect sour zing to go with the sweetness of the sugar.  We like ours extra saucy so I double the sauce.

a top down view of an enamel pan filled with sweet and sour meatballs. sitting on a grey background and blue checked towel

Recipe Tips:

  • Meatballs:  You can make your own meatballs from scratch, or feel free to use premade frozen meatballs.  Just heat the frozen meatballs in the oven (without sauce) for about 15 minutes, before adding sauce.
  • Sauce:  If you like your meatballs really saucy, I would recommend doubling the sauce. If I double the recipe sometimes I will use only 3/4 cup of sugar (instead of the 1 cup when doubled).
  • Optional addition:  Sometimes if I have pureed pumpkin or yam I will add 1/4 – 1/2 cup to the sauce. No one will even notice it’s in there!  Trust me.
  • Doubling the recipe:  This recipe is easily doubled.
  • Meal Idea: Serve over rice and with a green veggie.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

These Sweet and Sour Meatballs are a family favourite!  Delicious served with rice and a veggie.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x



Beef Meatballs:

  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 small onion (minced)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup oats or bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • salt & pepper

The Sweet and Sour Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soya sauce
  • 2 tbsp ketchup


The Meatballs:

  1. Combine the meatball ingredients, then shape into meatballs, about 1 1/2 inches in size.
  2. Bake the un-sauced meatballs in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes. Or until centres are not pink.

The Sweet and Sour Sauce:

  1. While the meatballs are baking make the sweet and sour sauce.
  2. In a saucepan combine all the sauce ingredients and bring to a low boil.
  3. Whisk and cook until the sauce thickens.
  4. Pour the sauce over your cooked meatballs, and heat in a 300 degree oven for about 20 minutes before serving.
  5. Serve with rice and vegetables.

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This recipe was originally published in September 2011. I have since updated it with new images and recipe tips!

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  • Reply
    Bring Pretty Back
    September 15, 2011 at 12:19 AM

    I am going to make these meatballs tomorrow! Thank you for the recipe!! And I will add the yam!
    Have a pretty day!

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    Tonia @
    September 15, 2011 at 12:47 AM

    Thanks for resharing because I missed it the first time! We love meatballs so I will have to try these!

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    September 15, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    Those looks DELICIOUS! Thanks for sharing the recipe i most def will be trying this out sometime. I believe my husband has made something like this before but, not exactly the same. They were so yummy! I’ll have to give your recipe a try! again, thanks for sharing!

    In our sea of love

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    September 15, 2011 at 3:28 AM

    This sounds delicious!!

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    Pretend Chef
    September 15, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Those meatballs look so delicious. What a great recipe. I can’t wait to give these a try soon. Yummy!

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    September 15, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Yum! Now I’m hungry! Great post! 🙂

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    Nicole Mariana
    September 15, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    That looks so good, I want to try it. Thanks for the idea! I just found your blog from a blog hop, I’m your newest follower because I love your blog! Please follow me back at if you like my blog!

    XoXo Nicole Mariana

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    Amanda @ Serenity Now
    September 20, 2011 at 2:05 AM

    What a great dinner idea. The last time I tried meatballs, they did not turn out well. This recipe looks much more doable! Thanks so much for joining my Family Friendly Food Week party. 🙂

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    Carole @ Blue Chateau Interiors
    September 20, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    My entire family would love this recipe. I’ve pinned it for future meal planning.

    Visiting from Serenity Now. Following you now. 🙂

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