Lean Meatballs with Teriyaki Sauce

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Asian food engages our palates and delights our senses. Exquisite flavors including soy sauce and sesame seeds are characteristic of this cuisine. But we don’t need to rely on Asian restaurants and takeout to get that unique flavor! Choose healthy, quality ingredients with no unnecessary preservatives, and try our take on Asian meatballs using 100% lean beef.

Lean Meatballs with Teriyaki Sauce

Try these lean and clean meatballs with the Asian flavors you love.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Asian
Keyword: Kid-Friendly
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 267kcal


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce lite or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 slices wheat bread sides sliced away
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1/2 onion minced
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1 green onion chopped


  • In a small bowl, prepare the teriyaki sauce by putting together the soy sauce, honey, and mirin. Mix well until the honey has completely melted. Set aside. In a second bowl, another small one, soak the bread in milk. When the bread has absorbed the milk, lightly squeeze out the milk and drain.
  • In a third bowl, a larger one, mix the beef, egg, salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, sesame oil, onions, and the soaked bread. Mix with the hands until the mixture becomes compact.
  • Make little balls with the meat. In a non-stick skillet, over medium heat, in a saucepan with the olive oil (leave a tablespoon for later use), brown the meatballs. Over medium heat, in another saucepan with the remaining olive oil, transfer the meatballs. Add the teriyaki sauce and cook for about 3 minutes. Season with the remaining pepper.
  • Garnish with the green onions and the remaining sesame seeds.


Serving: 4meatballs | Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 322mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 8

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10 Comments on "Lean Meatballs with Teriyaki Sauce"

  1. Barbara  August 22, 2014

    Do you use mirin or rice wine vinegar?

    • SkinnyMs  August 25, 2014

      Barbara, The recipe calls for rice wine vinegar, which lends that acidity that brightens a dish, but mirin, a sweet Japanese rice wine (not vinegar), has acidity as well and can be used in place of the vinegar here if preferred.

  2. Barbara  August 26, 2014

    Thanks. Just double checking since the directions say mirin.

    • SkinnyMs  August 26, 2014

      Barbara, Thanks for letting us know. We will add or mirin next to the rice vinegar and modify the directions.

  3. Miriam  May 25, 2015

    Hi There! Do you think these meatballs are considered 'clean'? They look awesome and I'm really hoping they'd fit in with my new diet!!

    • SkinnyMs  May 26, 2015

      Miriam, Yes, they are clean and they are delicious:).

  4. Amber  June 18, 2018

    Could these be put in the oven?

  5. Amber  June 25, 2018

    What size meatballs?

    • Nichole Furlong  June 25, 2018

      Amber, about 1 inch meatballs.


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