Chinese Meatballs

Chinese Meatballs

Contributor: Kelly Nardo

If your family loves Chinese food this meatball change-up is sure to become a family favorite.

  • Author: Kelly Nardo
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 14 meatballs 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Chinese


  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • ½ cup water chestnuts, diced
  • ¼ cup chopped scallion
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 12 Tbsp. corn starch
  • 1 tsp. grated ginger
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 12 Tbsp. oil, for frying
  • Chicken broth, for steaming


  1. In a large mixing bowl add ground pork, water chestnuts, scallion, egg, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, 1 tablespoon corn starch, ginger, and salt. Mix well until combined. Mixture should be wet, but you should still be able to form into balls. If needed add more corn starch.
  2. Cover with a lid and place in the refrigerator 5-10 minutes to firm up. Remove meat mixture from the refrigerator and use an ice cream scoop to form into large meatballs.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil and let it get hot.
  4. Add some of the meatballs in a single layer, spreading out evenly, and cook for 3-5 minutes, flipping occasionally, until golden brown on the outside (they will still be raw on the inside). Once browned, remove from pan and place on a towel-lined plate. You might have to do this in 2-3 batches depending on how big your pan is.
  5. In a large stockpot, add meatballs. Pour in chicken broth, just enough to cover the meatballs, and bring to a boil.
  6. Turn heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. Serve with some of the cooking broth.