These scrumptious Asian-inspired Candy & Bitter Meatballs made in both the sluggish cooker or oven (directions for each strategies.)Image of the sweet and sour meatballs in a bowl over rice

CROCKPOT or oven-made Asian Meatballs with the BEST sweet and sour sauce! Easy dinner recipe via

My good buddy, Carrian, from the well-known Oh Sweet Basil blog, not too long ago launched a cookbook. I couldn’t be extra excited to share a bit of bit in regards to the e-book and these candy & bitter meatballs (from her e-book) with you immediately!

These candy & bitter meatballs are insanely good and full of the very best Asian flavors. And even with how insanely good the meatballs are, the sauce is what all of us went loopy for!

The sauce begins with diced bell peppers after which the same old suspects of a candy & bitter sauce. However the ingredient that I believe takes it excessive? Mandarin oranges! You’ll add half a can of the oranges + the juice of the can and I swear that’s the finest addition to this superb sauce!

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As talked about earlier, these meatballs might be made both within the oven OR the crockpot. When you roll the meatballs out you may shortly bake them whilst you make the sauce on the stovetop. OR you may throw all of the meatballs into the crockpot (and canopy them within the sauce) and prepare dinner on low for a couple of hours.

For those who’re making them stovetop methodology, they arrive collectively very properly — that is a type of recipes that flows rather well within the kitchen. Nonetheless, if you wish to make them forward of time, the crockpot is a good way to do this!

I additionally like cooking them within the crockpot as a result of I discover the meatballs to be only a bit extra tender and extra flavorful from the sluggish prepare dinner. They get an extended time for the flavors to actually develop.

One little trick that I love to do earlier than cooking meatballs within the crockpot is to broil them within the oven for a couple of minutes. I’ve discovered this helps the meatballs to maintain their form when cooked within the crockpot. That is, in fact, an optionally available step and when you don’t thoughts meatballs that separate a bit (from being SO tender), then don’t even fear about it!

Image of the sweet and sour recipe on a bed of rice in a bowl ready to eat

My complete household went nuts over this recipe and I do know when you’re a fan of candy and bitter sauce and/or meatballs that these can be successful in your house!

This recipe is one in all over 100 superbly created and photographed recipes in Carrian’s cookbook. The e-book consists of footage for every of their recipes in addition to clearly written out instructions and cute anecdotes in regards to the recipes.

Make sure that to seize a replica of the Our Sweet Basil Kitchen Cookbook.  You’ll love the entire recipes inside similar to my household has already and can proceed to for years!
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Crockpot Candy & Bitter Meatballs

Simple crockpot candy & bitter meatballs! Oven methodology included.




Chinese language

Servings: 35 meatballs

Energy: 807 kcal

Creator: Carrian, from the “Our Candy Basil Cookbook”



  • 2
    floor beef
    85-15 combine
  • 2/3
    Panko breadcrumbs*
  • 2
    dried minced onion
  • 1
  • 1/4
    coconut milk
  • 1 and 1/2
    floor ginger
  • Salt and Pepper

Candy & Bitter Sauce

  • 1
    canola oil
  • 3
    bell peppers
    (1 crimson, 1 orange, 1 inexperienced)
  • 1
    finely minced
  • 1 and 1/2
    onion powder
  • 1/2
    rice vinegar
  • 1/2
  • 1/4
    low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2
    white granulated sugar
  • 1/8
    sesame oil
  • 1/2 of 1 full
    (11 oz. can)
    mandarin oranges,
    smashed with their juices
  • 2-3
  • 1/4
    chilly water
  • Non-compulsory: toasted sesame seeds, inexperienced onions, rice for serving


  1. IF USING THE OVEN: Preheat oven to 400 levels. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan. IF USING THE CROCKPOT: calmly oil the cooking insert. In a big bowl, add floor beef, Panko breadcrumbs, minced onion, egg, coconut milk, ginger, salt and pepper (2 teaspoons salt & 1/Four teaspoon pepper). Combine together with your clear arms till simply mixed. Rub a bit of oil in your arms after which roll the meat combination into 1-inch balls. Place meatballs in ready baking pan or sluggish cooker.

  2. Bake 20 minutes within the preheated oven OR set sluggish cooker to low and bake, lined with sauce, 3-Four hours.**

  3. To make the sauce: In a saucepan over medium warmth, add the oil, chopped peppers and garlic. Sauté till tender, about Three minutes, stirring incessantly. Add the onion powder, vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, sugar and sesame oil. Stir to mix after which add the oranges and juice. Deliver to a boil.

  4. In the meantime, stir the cornstarch and water collectively after which whisk into the sauce. Deliver again to a boil, then cut back warmth to medium-low and simmer 10 minutes. Serve over meatballs with sesame seeds and inexperienced onions to garnish. Serve throughout rice if desired.

Recipe Notes

*Panko is usually utilized in Japanese cooking and it may be discovered within the grocery retailer within the Asian meals aisle.  **I prefer to broil the meatballs within the oven earlier than placing them within the crockpot to assist them maintain their form higher and preserve the moisture in. That is completely optionally available, however if you wish to do it, place all of the meatballs on a big foil-lined cookie sheet and broil within the oven for 2-Three minutes per aspect (watch rigorously).

Nutrition facts in sweet and sour meatballs