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Chinese-Style Turkey Meatballs Recipe

Chinese-Style Turkey Meatballs

Prep Time 15min Cook Time 25min

These addictive meatballs taste like Chinese dumplings (which kids love) and the sweet dipping sauce makes them totally over-the-top irresistible. Plus, they bake in the oven which makes for fuss-free cooking and quick clean-up. Serve them with rice and a cucumber salad for a lovely, simple dinner.

by Catherine Newman

What you'll need


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 scallions, very finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup very finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup fine, dry bread crumbs (unseasoned)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 or 3 slices fresh ginger smashed with the side of a heavy knife

How to make it

  1. To make the meatballs: Heat the oven to 400.
  2. Gently mix together the ingredients (hands are best for this), then form meatballs by rolling tablespoon-sized scoops between your palms.
  3. Arrange on a lightly oiled or parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, until well-browned and cooked through. Serve with toothpicks for dipping.
  4. To make the dipping sauce: In a small pot, stir all the ingredients together over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves.
  5. Simmer 3 or so minutes, stirring frequently, until the sauce thickens a bit.
  6. Fish out the ginger and serve in small cups for dipping.