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Spicy Honey Garlic Meatballs

These Easy Honey Garlic Meatballs are coated in a sweet honey glaze with a punch of garlic. Perfect as a holiday appetizer or serve a a meal over rice.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 4 meatballs


  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Cornstarch
  • 3-4 dozen small meatballs cooked
  • 1 green onion sliced, for garnish
  • Sesame seeds for garnish


  • Add honey, soy sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes to a large pan over medium-low heat. Gently whisk ingredients together until smooth. Heat through until small bubble start to form around the edge. You want a simmer, not a boil; about 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour about 2 tablespoons of cornstarch into a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of the simmering mixture. Whisk to combine until smooth. Whisk the cornstarch mixture into the saucepan. Continue to whisk until completely incorporated. 
  • Cook over medium-low heat for several minutes or until thickened. Add the cooked meatballs to the sauce and toss to coat. Continue to stir over medium-low heat until meatballs are heated through and completely coated with the sauce.
  • As an appetizer, serve immediately, or transfer to a slow cooker to keep warm. Or serve as a main dish with rice or pasta. Garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds before serving if desired.
  • Store in a tightly sealed container for several days in the refrigerator.
  • *Slow Cooker version: Add frozen (or cooked) meatballs to the slow cooker. Whisk remaining ingredients (except cornstarch) in a bowl and pour over the meatballs. Cook on low for about 3 hours. To thicken, add 2 tablespoons of the sauce from the slow cooker to a small bowl and whisk in 2 tablespoons of cornstarch until completely smooth. Pour into the slow cooker and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for an additional 30 minutes to thicken.