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5 from 1 vote
Cook Time : 12 mins
Total Time : 17 mins
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Instant Pot Asian Meatballs are the perfect easy weeknight meal. They are made with ground beef, rice, and a delicious Asian-inspired sauce.

If you love easy Asian-inspired recipes then this is the recipe for you. These meatballs are so simple to make and taste amazing.

Instant Pot Asian Meatballs in a white serving bowl.

Instant Pot Asian Meatballs and Rice

Most of the time when we think about meatballs, we automatically think of the Italian meatballs served with spaghetti. Did you know that most cultures have their own meatball version that dates back to at least 2100 BC?

Why I Love This Recipe

Asian-inspired meatballs are a favorite of mine because they’re so versatile. They’re usually made with ground beef and often served as a meal or snack.

  • Ready in under 30 minutes
  • Easy to make
  • Always a hit at parties
  • Perfect for picky eaters

If you love meatball recipes you may also enjoy this Sweet and Sour Meatballs recipe.

Overhead horizontal shot of Instant Pot Asian Meatballs in a white serving bowl.

Ingredients

This list of ingredients may seem long, but these Instant Pot meatballs are well worth the trip to the grocery store.

Meatballs:

  • ground beef
  • eggs
  • breadcrumbs
  • green onions, chopped
  • garlic, minced
  • ginger paste
  • olive oil

Sauce:

  • ketchup
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • white wine vinegar
  • honey 
  • soy sauce
  • ginger paste 
  • freshly ground black pepper

Rice:

  • rice
  • water
Ingredients used to make instant Pot Asian Meatballs.

Substitutions

Pork: Ground pork can be used to make these meatballs instead of beef.

Vinegar: Regular vinegar can be used in place of the white wine vinegar.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You need seven kitchen tools to help you make these Asian meatballs and rice.

How to Make Instant Pot Asian Meatballs

This meatballs and rice meal is so simple to make but it does take a few steps. Follow these simple steps to make this dish.

Step 1: Mix the meatballs

In a large bowl, mix together all of your ingredients for your meatballs.

Instant Pot Asian Meatballs ingredients mixed in a large bowl.

Step 2: Shape the meatballs

Divide your meat mixture into 10 sections. With the palm of your hand, place the meat inside and roll it into a ball. 

The meatball mixture ready for shaping.

Step 3: Add the meatballs to the Instant Pot

Add 1 cup of water to the inside of your Instant Pot. Place the trivet inside. Place each meatball on top of the trivet. Your meatballs can be stacked if need be. 

Shaped meatballs placed in an instant pot ready for cooking.

Step 4: Add the rice

Using a tall trivet, place your water and rice together in a pressure-safe dish. You can use Pyrex bowls, Bundt pan, or even loaf pans! 

Rice with water in a pressure safe dish placed on a tall trivet above the meatballs in the Instant Pot.

Step 5: Pressure cook the meatballs

With your lid on, close the sealing valve. Set your Instant Pot to High Pressure for 7 minutes. 

Step 6: Make the sauce

While your meat and rice are cooking, mix together everything for your sauce in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.

Step 7: Release the pressure

After the time has finished, do a quick release. Carefully remove everything from your IP or allow the inside to cool. 

Step 8: Brush the meatballs with sauce

Once your meatballs have been removed, use a pastry brush to brush the sauce on your meatballs. Use as much or as little as you would like!

Cooked meatballs ready to be coated with sauce.

Step 9: Serve the meatballs

Serve your meatballs over your rice. Top with sesame seeds and green onions!

Overhead horizontal Instant Pot Asian Meatballs in a white serving bowl.

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Do you want to personalize this recipe? Here are some variations and add-ins that you can use.

Chicken: If you are not a fan of beef, ground chicken would work well in this recipe.

Water Chestnuts: If you want to add a little crunch to this recipe, add water chestnuts to your rice before cooking.

Spicy: Top your dish with crushed red pepper flakes or add them to your sauce for a spicy kick.

A close up shot of Instant Pot Asian Meatballs in a white serving bowl.

Serving Suggestions

Here are some of my favorite ways to serve up these Instant Pot meatballs.

These Instant Pot Asian Meatballs go great with a side of steamed broccoli or asparagus. If you are in the mood for something a little heartier, try serving them over some Shirataki noodles for a low-carb meal.

FAQs

Do you have questions about these Instant Pot Asian Meatballs? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

How to store

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

How to reheat

You can reheat your meatballs in a microwave for one to two minutes until warm.

Can I freeze them?

Yes, you can freeze leftover meatballs. They will last in the freezer for up to three months.

Instant Pot Asian Meatballs in a white serving bowl.

More Meatball Recipes

If you like meatball recipes, give these recipes a try:

Instant Pot Asian Meatballs and Rice Recipe

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Instant Pot Asian Meatballs and Rice

Corinne Schmitt
Instant Pot Asian Meatballs are the perfect easy weeknight meal.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 3 Servings
Calories 1264 kcal

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Instant Pot
  • Trivet
  • Tall Trivet
  • Pressure-cooker safe dish
  • medium mixing bowl
  • Pastry brush

Ingredients
  

Meatballs

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 4 green onions chopped (plus more for garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Sauce

  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ginger paste
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Rice

  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 1/4 cup water

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, mix together all of your ingredients for your meatballs.
  • Divide your meat mixture into 10 sections. With the palm of your hand, place the meat inside and roll into a ball.
  • Add 1 cup of water to the inside of your Instant Pot. Place the trivet inside. Place each meatball on top of the trivet. Your meatballs can be stacked if need be.
  • Using a tall trivet, place your water and rice together in a pressure safe dish. You can use Pyrex bowls, Bundt pan, or even loaf pans!
  • With your lid on, close the sealing valve. Set your Instant Pot to High Pressure for 7 minutes.
  • While your meat and rice are cooking, mix together everything for your sauce in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
  • After the time has finished, do a quick release.
  • Carefully remove everything from your IP or allow the insides to cool.
  • Once your meatballs have been removed, use a pastry brush to brush the sauce on your meatballs. Use as much or as little as you would like!
  • Serve your meatballs over your rice. Top with sesame seeds and green onions!

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 1264kcalCarbohydrates: 95gProtein: 64gFat: 66gSaturated Fat: 25gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 29gTrans Fat: 4gCholesterol: 324mgSodium: 1437mgPotassium: 1398mgFiber: 2gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 612IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 178mgIron: 10mg
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