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Cumin Spiced Chinese Meatballs

May 13, 2020
Photo by jennskitchendiary
Author Notes

Reminiscent of spiced meat skewers in Asia, this recipe of cumin spiced chinese meatballs is a tantalizing mix of sweet, savory, and spice. Perfect with a bed of steamed rice and bok choy or other leafy green veggies for a delicious meal prep. —jennskitchendiary

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 25 minutes
  • Serves 4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon sambal red chili sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 onion, pureed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch red pepper flake
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine/xiaoxing wine/sherry wine
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon sambal red chili sauce
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Prepare meatballs. Place ground beef, egg, garlic, pureed onion, salt, red pepper flake, black pepper, cumin, soy sauce, rice wine/xiaoxing wine, and sugar into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Use hands to mix together all ingredients gently. Once all ingredients are just incorporated, place in the refrigerator 4 hours-overnight.
  3. When you are ready to cook meatballs, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  4. Begin forming meat mixture into meatballs 2 inches in diameter.
  5. When oven is pre-heated, place meatballs into the oven and allow to bake.
  6. Mix honey and sambal red chili sauce. Set aside.
  7. 15 minutes into cooking, take the tray out of the oven. Pour out all juices released into a bowl.
  8. Flip meatballs upside down. Glaze meatballs with honey sambal chili glaze.
  9. Place meatballs back into the oven to cook for another 5 minutes.
  10. Take meatballs out of the oven and drain juices again. Flip meatballs upside down again. Glaze the other side, and place back into the oven to allow meatballs to cook a final 5 minutes.
  11. Check meatballs for doneness. Flip and glaze one more time as needed and allow to cook another 5 minutes to achieve a golden brown color.
  12. Serve with steamed white rice and stir-fried veggies for a complete meal.

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