Scallion Meatballs with Soy-Ginger Glaze

Are you still searching for that last minute appetizer?  Or maybe you need something for New Year’s Eve?  It seems strange to type that…another year almost gone!  I have a great recipe for you.  It can be an appetizer but, I also have it posted under main dishes.  These meatballs would be perfect over some rice and drizzled with the soy-ginger glaze.  Mmmm…

I think I am more busy being unemployed than when I was employed.  Christmas is fast approaching and though I have everything done, I still run the roads daily and just mailed out my last package today.  I have been fortunate to have had 3 photo shoots in the last 2 weeks and that has kept me busy also.  (Editing takes forevah!!).

Also, for those of you not on facebook, I won’t be going to Texas for Christmas.  I was looking through pictures awhile back and realized my son and daughter-in-law have a cat.  I’m deathly allergic to cats.  So, I will remain in Michigan for Christmas.  Of course, this bummed us all out but, it’s just how things happen.  Someday, I will get to meet that Grandson of mine 🙂  I have had my share of good news lately too, so no worries, all is good!

So are you busy running around doing all your last minute shopping and decorating or are you baking cookies and relaxing?  This is my only recipe for the week, so I hope you enjoy!

Scallion Meatballs with Soy-Ginger Glaze


1/4 c. dark brown sugar
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/2 c. mirin (sweet rice wine) or 1/2 c. apple juice if mirin is unavailable
1/4 c. peeled, chopped ginger
1 t. ground coriander
4 whole black peppercorns


1 pound of ground turkey
1 bunch of scallions, finely chopped
1/2 c. (approximately) finely chopped cilantro (flat-leaf parsley if you’re not a cilantro fan)
1 large egg
2 T. sesame oil
2 T. reduced sodium soy sauce
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 c. Italian bread crumbs
Vegetable oil

Begin with making the sauce.  Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar melts completely.  Reduce heat to a medium-low and add the soy sauce, mirin, ginger, coriander and peppercorns. scallion meatballs with soy-ginger glaze

Simmer, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half, about 30 minutes.  Once it has reduced to your satisfaction, remove the peppercorns and set aside to stay warm.

Make the meatballs;  Mix the turkey, scallions, cilantro, egg, sesame oil, soy sauce, bread crumbs and several grindings of black pepper into a large bowl. scallion meatballs with soy-ginger glaze

I mix this together with my hands.  You can mix however you would like, just make sure it is mixed thoroughly.  Roll into 1-inch balls.

In a skillet over medium-high heat, generously cover the bottom of the pan with vegetable oil.  Working in batches to avoid crowding, place meatballs in pan and cook, turning, until browned all over and cooked inside, about 8 minutes per batch. scallion meatballs with soy-ginger glaze

(You can also do these in the oven at 400 degrees, 12-15 minutes or until no longer pink in the middle).  Set on paper towels to absorb any grease.scallion meatballs with soy-ginger glaze

Arrange on a platter (a heated one will keep them warm if serving as appetizers), spoon a little sauce over each meatball and serve with cocktail picks. meatballs

You can also serve the glaze on the side, to dip the meatballs.

Yield:  33 meatballs.

This recipe slightly adapted from Smitten Kitchen.

Have a great weekend y’all!

About Suzie

My name is Suzie. I'm married and have a son in the Army. I enjoy cooking, country life, reading and my animals, hence the name of this blog. My two German Shepherds are underfoot anytime I'm cooking ;) Oh, I'm also addicted to Food Network Channel.
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43 Responses to Scallion Meatballs with Soy-Ginger Glaze

  1. I love the holly on your pooches, Suzie! I have no idea how to make my banner look cooler like yours. I need to look into that.

    In any case, these meatballs look mouth-watering! I would make them for my hubby w/lean ground beef since he is allergic to turkey. Maybe for New Year’s Eve? We plan to spend a quiet night in that night!

    • Suzie says:

      Thanks about the banner but, it’s not me that did it it’s my friend Veronica! She did an awesome job, I thought it was so cute!

      Oh yeah, ground beef would certainly work. We don’t have plans (that I know of) for New Year’s either 🙂

  2. MisBehaved Woman says:

    Aww, that sucks about not making the holiday trip to Texas – hope you guys have a great Christmas at home though.
    My kiddo loves meatballs but I’ve never made them. Last week I broke down and bought a bag of frozen pre-mades…not only did they taste HIDEOUS but when I looked closer, there are like 500 ingredients and the main one wasn’t meat! Ew. Ick! Now I may get the chance to redeem myself with these! And ginger…? MmmmmmmmmYummmmm! Thank you!

    • Suzie says:

      Yeah it bites but, what can we do…she loves her kitty! The pre-made meatballs are pretty bad, I bought them before and the dogs ended up getting them…lol! That is a crap load of ingredients too…wow!! These are really good, I hope you and the kids enjoy them!!

  3. Love those meatballs and your photo’s are amazing!!!

  4. I am a procrastinator so I haven’t even begun to run around yet 🙂 I think meatballs are one of my very favorite appetizers, those look great.

    • Suzie says:

      When I was working I was the same way Rhonda, get out of work and you don’t feel like running anymore. This year was easier plus, I scaled back on the gift buying. Now, I just wait til Christmas and go to my Mother-in-laws 🙂

  5. This does look like an awesome appetizer 🙂
    Great recipe!

    Choc Chip Uru

  6. Sarah says:

    sorry your trip fell through. 😦 we have two cats but have several friends who are very allergic, so doing things with them requires careful planning.

    • Suzie says:

      I was at my girlfriend’s house the other day, I forgot she had cats because we’re usually outside or in the garage. Well, it wasn’t 5 minutes and my allergies kicked in…it doesn’t take anytime at all! I know it’s a pain for people but, they get bad enough I can end up in the hospital so I take no chances.

  7. Oooh yummy, Suzie. That big ole’ savory tooth of mine is going crazy! I really enjoy how you dressed them up and really adore the silver cocktail picks. I would really like to see your grandson (I’ve been a bit baby crazy lately–haha). Maybe pics (if that’s ok with you). I completely understand about the unemployed part. The lists you make yourself are much more demanding than what anyone else could ever dream up for you. I need to think of something for New Years…yikes!

    • Suzie says:

      My husband keeps adding to that list too…can you do this and that…since you’re not working?…lol!! Sure honey, sure. I’m lucky to be able to be home this long, so I’m not complaining at all 🙂 Oh, I would LOVE to share baby pictures with you. I know you have a facebook page for Squishy Monster but, do you have a personal facebook? You can find me on your page and then look at my photos. I have an album with my Grandson’s pictures in it. If that doesn’t work send me your email…Grandma’s love to show off their baby you know 😀

  8. Cake Whiz says:

    these look like divine appetizers!
    and your sauce looks so rich and thick…i have to normally add cornflour to make mine thick which is a bummer coz i am usually out of cornflour…heheh

    • Suzie says:

      It takes awhile but the sauce does thicken up, once it sets it thickens up a bit more too. Don’t ya’ hate that when you’re out of something…lol! 😉

  9. Jane says:

    Looks soooo good! Sorry you won’t be able to go for Christmas … that is major bummer!

    • Suzie says:

      Thanks! Yeah, I was bummed but nothing we can do about it. I wouldn’t get rid of my dogs if someone was allergic, in fact I might even be happy…lol! Just kidding 😉

  10. Veronica says:

    Uhhh, didn’t you already share this one for the baby shower? I swear that’s the picture I remember! I was going to make the ones Sarah posted and saw you mentioned your recipe is similar so I’m marking it too. I have a lot of ground chicken in the freezer and I’m going to see if it works OK for Asian meatballs…eventually. Cooking is a lower priority honestly. Mostly baking for holiday gifts cuz that’s all ppl are getting this year! I doubt there’ll be any complaints. 🙂

  11. Joanne says:

    I have a TON of last minute shopping to do this week…and am NOT looking forward to it lol! Love these scallion meatballs. The perfect appy!

  12. biz319 says:

    You know I love balls! Enjoy your weekend!

  13. These look scrumptious! You are so good with balls, Suzie! hehehe

  14. bakerbynature says:

    I LOVE meatballs for any meal, and this version sounds fantastic – must try!

  15. biz319 says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! 😀

  16. How awesome! I was JUST looking for a meatball recipe as a NYE appetizer and happened upon your version. Definitely bookmarking for this weekend. Oh, and how adorable are you little silver meatball skewers? 🙂 Happy Holidays to your family!

  17. Hey Suzie, I hope that you and yours had a great Christmas…I missed you! Hopefully the internet issues were resolved. I hate to admit it but however much I can go without other things, without internet, I feel crazy, lol. Hope you’re staying warm and that you’re well and happy!!!

    • Suzie says:

      I’ve missed you too! I do not like being without internet, drives me crazy too! I have it on my phone but, it’s kinda hard to write a blog on a phone…lol! And to read blogs and comment would take forever, so I just went without. We’re good here and I hope all is well with you also!! xoxo

  18. Suzie, these meatballs are absolutely droolworthy. They are such a great party food.
    I wish you a healthy and happy new year, my friend.

  19. Looks yummy. Good thing you figured out the cat before you arrived! My dad and aunt are allergic to dogs and cats so they struggle when they visit, even for a short time.

  20. Hi there, wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Sunshine award. If you are interested click here for details.

  21. cakewhiz says:

    i am just checking in and hoping you are ok since i haven’t seen a new post from you in a while 🙂

  22. Sofia Clara says:

    these look delicious!! definitely a must try 🙂

  23. This looks fantastic!! I can’t believe I have never made meatballs before. Unbelievable.

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