If you've ever wondered what to eat with teriyaki meatballs, keep reading! Teriyaki meatballs are easy to make and you can serve them with a variety of different side dishes, making them an easy weeknight dinner.
Meatballs are great for meal prep because they freeze well and they're versatile. I like to batch cook meatballs on Sunday evenings and then freeze them for those busy weeknights when I want to feed my family a home cooked meal but know I won't have the time. To make things even easier, you can add the frozen meatballs to your slow cooker with your favorite sauce and let it cook for about 3 hours on low
What to eat with teriyaki meatballs
Mashed potatoes: Use mashed potatoes as a base for teriyaki meatball bowls. The tangy teriyaki sauce acts as a gravy for the mashed potatoes. Trust me, try this one and thank me later. I use Bob Evans mashed potatoes with these easy teriyaki meatballs recipe listed below for a quick and easy dinner recipe
Spicy rice pilaf: This recipe from allrecipes.com is easy and delicious
Steamed broccoli: Steamed broccoli is delicious, but have you tried roasted broccoli in the air fryer? Add your broccoli florets to your air fryer, spray generously with cooking oil (I use avocado oil spray), and season with salt and pepper. Cook at 400°F for about 8 minutes
Cauliflower rice: You can get cauliflower rice that steams in the bag, making this a quick side dish for these meatballs
White rice: Serve with cooked white rice. Rice packets are a quick and convenient way to cook rice
Green beans: Fresh or frozen, sauté in some sesame oil or try this easy recipe
Vegetable stir fry: Use fresh veggies or your favorite frozen stir fry veggies, sauté in large skillet over medium-high heat until soft
You can also serve these meatballs all alone with toothpicks for a great appetizer at your next party! Sprinkle on some sesame seeds to make the tender meatballs look pretty on their toothpicks and arrange them on a platter with green onions.
Not sure how to make teriyaki meatballs, just add some frozen turkey or beef meatballs to a crockpot and cover with a jar of your favorite store-bought teriyaki sauce. Cook on low for 3 hours. Or you can try the homemade version below. Either way you go, you can't go wrong with this versatile main dish.
Try this easy teriyaki meatball recipe featuring gluten free homemade teriyaki sauce
For the flavorful meatballs:
1 pound ground turkey (you could also use ground chicken, ground beef, or even ground pork)
1 small bag spinach, wilted and chopped
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon salt
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and form into 16 balls. Cook in air fryer for 20 minutes at 400°F. If your meat isn't holding together well (I know the Butterball ground turkey from Costco is mushier), add ¼ cup gluten free panko breadcrumbs or crushed saltine crackers and a large egg to help the meatballs hold together.
For the teriyaki sauce:
½ cup coconut aminos
⅓ cup maple syrup
1 ½ cups water
2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
4 cloves garlic
½ cup corn starch
Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Sauce will appear golden in color, this is normal. It will darken as it cooks
Place meatballs in bottom of crockpot in a single layer and pour sauce over top. Cook on low for 3 hours
If you prefer a sweet teriyaki sauce, add ½ cup canned crushed pineapple or fresh pineapple chunks to your sauce, or replace the water in the recipe with pineapple juice
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days