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vietnamese meatballs

Vietnamese Meatballs

  • Author: Caroline Phelps
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 people 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese


Savory Vietnamese Meatballs with a Sweet and Spicy Hoisin Dipping sauce.


Units Scale
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil

For the meatballs:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 Thai chili, finely chopped (optional)

Dipping sauce

  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 Thai chili, finely chopped (optional)


  1. Put all the ingredients for the meatballs in a food processor and blend until everything is mixed and minced. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Put a little oil in your hands, just enough to lightly coat fingers and palms and use a tablespoon to scoop up the beef mixture so the meatballs are the same size. Repeat process until all the beef mixture is used.
  3. In a deep pan over medium high heat, add oil and the meatballs. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Turn the meatballs over, cover and cook for another 5 or until meatballs are golden brown.
  4. Mix all the ingredients for the dipping sauce in a bowl and serve together with beef meatballs. Pour over or use as a dipping sauce.
  5. Serve with rice, tomatoes and a few cilantro leaves.


These Vietnamese meatballs will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. 


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 260
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Sodium: 980mg
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.8g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1.3g
  • Trans Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 14.8g
  • Fiber: 1.2g
  • Protein: 27g
  • Cholesterol: 68mg

Keywords: Beef meatballs

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