Sweet and Sour Meatballs II

Sweet and Sour Meatballs II

Cathy 0

"I got this recipe from my mother-in-law shortly after I was married. Now it is a favorite of our kids. I like to serve it over rice."

Ingredients 20 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 601 cals

Serving size has been adjusted!

Original recipe yields 5 servings



Amount per serving ({{servings}} total)

  • Calories:
  • 601 kcal
  • 30%
  • Fat:
  • 26.3 g
  • 41%
  • Carbs:
  • 70.5g
  • 23%
  • Protein:
  • 20.4 g
  • 41%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 114 mg
  • 38%
  • Sodium:
  • 878 mg
  • 35%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

On Sale

What's on sale near you.


  • Prep

  • Cook

  • Ready In

  1. In a large bowl, combine beef, egg, onion, bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Roll into meatballs about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in size.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, saute the meatballs until browned on all sides.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, mix together the water, vinegar, ketchup, cornstarch, sugar and soy sauce. Pour over the meatballs, and allow sauce to thicken. Continue to heat until the sauce just starts to bubble.
Tips & Tricks
How to Make Swedish Meatballs

See how to make amazing Swedish meatballs in a savory sauce.

Algerian Kefta (Meatballs)

See how to make ground beef meatballs in a garlicky tomato sauce.

Rate recipe

Your rating


Reviews 270

  1. 338 Ratings


If you are making these, here's a tip. Do not use apple cider vinegar - it's not the same thing as cider vinegar! It'll completely ruin your sauce. I found that out the hard way, had to throw out the sauce plus my house stunk for days. I tried it again with regular vinegar and it was great - I'm sure cider vinegar would be even better.


Good recipe. The meatballs are too plain, though, with only salt and pepper. One should either use seasoned bread crumbs or add some seasoning spices (dried parsley, sage, etc.). I added three more dashes of soy sauce to mellow the sweetness of the sauce.


These sweet and sour meatballs are absolutley great. The sweet and sour sauce is great on chicken wings also. I have made this recipe at least a billion times now and it's a hit with everyone. Absolutley great!!!!!! Believe me you will love this recipe and it's simple. Sometimes instead of making my own meatballs. I just buy the already made meatballs (like Armour meatballs). You just have to put the meatballs in the oven for 30-40 minutes (frozen). Make the sauce while you wait for the meatballs. Then just put the meatballs in the sauce. This is also great with mashed potates. Just sit the meatballs right on top of the mashed potatoes and it'll give your mashed potatoes a great taste.