Chinese Spicy Orange Beef Meatballs

Tanya B.


This is an easy recipe to make with any type of ground meet you have available.

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1 Hr
50 Min


1 lb
ground beef (80/20)
1/2 lb
ground turkey
orange (zest & juice)
1/3 c
green onion, diced
2 clove
garlic, minced
1/2 tsp
ground ginger
1 Tbsp
1/4 c
soy sauce (or bragg's liquid aminos)
1/4 c
dry sherry
1 tsp
crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 c
orange marmalade (low-sugar or sugar-free)
1/4 c
italian breadcrumbs, fine

How to Make Chinese Spicy Orange Beef Meatballs


  • 1In a small sauce pan, combine ground ginger, cornstarch, soy sauce, (or Bragg's Liquid Aminos), dry sherry, crushed red pepper flakes, and orange marmalade.
  • 2Ensure all ingredients are combined and allow the mixture to come to simmer for about 5 minutes. Do NOT boil!
  • 3Once the mixture has simmered for 5 minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool. This takes about 1 hour.
    *TIP: You can pour the mixture in a bowl and place it in the freezer for 20-25 minutes to speed up the cooling process.
  • 4In a large mixing bowl, add ground meat, zest & juice of one orange, green onions, breadcrumbs and minced garlic.
    *TIP: Allow ground meat to come to room temperature before handling.
  • 5Pour 1/2 of the room temperature marmalade mixture into the ground meat mixture and gently combine.
    Set aside the other 1/2 of the sauce for serving.
  • 6Tightly cover (with cling wrap) and allow to marinate at least 2 hours up to 24 hours.
  • 7Preheat over to 375 degrees & line a baking sheet with foil. Spray foil with non-stick spray.
  • 8At room temperature, form a golf ball size amount of meat into balls. The mixture will be slightly sticky
  • 9Once each meatball is formed, place on the lined baking sheet with space between each one.
  • 10Bake meatballs st 375 degrees for 22 minutes. Then bake at 325 degrees for 22 minutes.
  • 11Once baking is completed, immediately remove baking sheet from oven and place the meatballs into an over-safe container with a lid. Pour the remainder of the marmalade mixture over the cooked meatballs along with 1 Tbsp. Sriracha sauce and cover.
  • 12Allow the sauce at least 20 minutes to absorb before serving. A serving is 2 meatballs.

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About Chinese Spicy Orange Beef Meatballs

Course/Dish: Beef, Meat Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American