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Ginger Garlic Cocktail Meatballs Ginger Garlic Cocktail Meatballs ingredients Ginger Garlic Cocktail Meatballs Cocktail Meatballs Meatball appetizer recipe Ginger Garlic Cocktail Meatballs recipe I turned 30 last Friday. What a weird experience that was. I don’t really do much for my birthdays because honestly, they are not that big of deal to me. This one for some reason was different. When you’re little, or a teen in junior high you have all these high hopes for where you will be when you’re 30, successful, with a huge house, cool friends, exercising, and generally being weird. When you get to 30 and some of those dreams are not real yet it’s a strange feeling. It’s not like I have accomplished nothing, or that I feel like I have let myself down in anyway, it’s more like “Wow, life moves fast, and it’s kinda scary.” In the week leading up to my 30th I had lots of mini melt down, and a couple of bigger ones. Most involved crying, and some involved sobbing for no reason. I was totally weirdly emotional. Yuck. Luckily, all my friends who are in their 30’s were telling me how much better the 30’s are than your 20’s. So I do feel a lot better. I also feel a renewed sense of ambition to do things, lots of things, different things. Kind of exciting! I wonder how you all felt when you turned 30?

Some of you probably have seen from our Instagram that one of us is in Tokyo. That’s me! I’m there! Eating sushi and ramen and gaining a million pounds. This is my birthday trip! Follow along! ☺

To cheers to my 30th can we all just please eat some meatballs? Meatballs are one of my favorite food groups. You can eat them as an appetizer, put them on a pasta, or put them in a huge sandwich, which is my preferred way of consumption. These meatballs are a little spicy and a lot delicious. Another way I will totally eat these are cold, like left over pizza the next day, still delicious. Is that gross? I hope not. Enjoy!
♥ Teri

Ginger-Garlic Cocktail Meatballs

Servings: 8
Calories: 193kcal


sweet chile sauce

  • cup rice vinegar
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons (Sambal) hot chile sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (dissolved in 3 1/2 tablespoons water)


  • 1 slice white bread
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 pound lean ground beef or pork
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 ½ tablespoons minced ginger
  • 1 ½ tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper


  • For sweet chile sauce: Place vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan and simmer until sugar dissolves, 7 to 10 minutes. Stir in chile sauce and cornstarch slurry and bring to a boil. Once mixture has come to a boil, remove from heat and allow to cool (sauce will thicken as it cools).
  • For meatballs: Preheat oven to 375˚F. Place bread and milk in a large mixing bowl and soak for 30 minutes. Add ground meat and gently mix together. Add remaining ingredients and mix together until well combined. (be careful not to over mix the mixture)
  • Roll small balls (about 2 teaspoons) with the meat mixture and place onto a baking sheet ½ inch apart. Bake meatballs for 18 to 20 minutes or until they’re completely cooked through. Allow meatballs to rest for 5 minutes before brushing with glaze. Serve.


Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 540mg | Potassium: 264mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 93IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Kendra @ Prepping Parties Not Specified Not Specified

    These look delicious! Can’t wait to make them. Happy belated birthday!

  2. Belinda@themoonblushbaker Not Specified Not Specified

    Nah 30 isn’t that big. You still have a long way to go before you should regret anything.
    These look like heaven. love the glaze!

  3. Jillian L Not Specified Not Specified

    I am also approaching the 30 year mark and have very mixed feelings. I haven’t cared about getting older… until now. But I hear the exact same things about 30s that you have been hearing, that’s its a pretty awesome decade. So Happy Birthday!! And I’ll be cheers-ing to 30’s with these super delicious sounding meatballs (although I’m going to make them with ground turkey… one of my ‘before-I-turn-30’ resolutions is to get healthier, which is a coy way of saying drop a few pounds).

  4. Shirley Not Specified Not Specified

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. What temperature do you set the oven to?

  5. Sarah Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m turning 30 today! Minus the meltdowns, I have been feeling the same sense of renewed interest in the future and ambition to experience more. I’m certainly not where I thought I’d be, but then again I had lots of different ideas about how my life would unfold and that started coming apart a long time ago. I’m jealous that you’re in Japan right now! That’s one of the places that I’ve been wanting to travel to and perhaps now I will make more of an effort to make that happen :) Happy Belated Birthday!!!

  6. Mary Not Specified Not Specified

    Is their anything you can sub for the cilantro? Maybe parsley?

  7. Sheena S. Not Specified Not Specified

    Happy 30, Teri! It’s true what they say about your 30s being even better than your 20s. I’m 4.5 years in myself, so I speak from experience. Keep up the great Japanstagramming. : )

  8. Tom @ Mastering the Flame Not Specified Not Specified

    What a nice change of pace from the boring plain meatballs. I remember as a kid at family gatherings we’d always have some bbq sauce covered frozen meatballs. Homemade are so much better. These look fabulous.

  9. Taylor Lynette Not Specified Not Specified

    I have to try these. Next time I go to make Spaghetti, instead of using plain old mince I’ll be trying these out. Thanks for an awesome recipe!

  10. Tobi @ brag&butter Not Specified Not Specified

    Yumm, these look like a great party food! When I turned 30 (two years ago) I really felt it was the right time for me to turn 30, if that makes any sense. I had finished Uni two years earlier, was in my job, about to get married and everything – it is now, two years later, that I already meet 20-ish people at work (still Uni) and sort of perceive them as not yet grown up. THAT’s the weird thing for me. Happy Birthday!

  11. Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion Not Specified Not Specified

    Love these… I think this maybe my dinner tonight.

  12. Kate Not Specified Not Specified

    Loving the little Asian flair in these! I’ve been obsessed with cilantro lately, so I’ll have to give these a go.

    My fiance is a lot older than me, and he’s realized a lot of lifelong dreams in his 30s already, and they’re not over yet — so here’s hoping the same happens for you! Plus, I always thought that if I could choose one age to stay forever, it would be 33. Not sure why, but it seems the perfect balance of youth and maturity :)

  13. Sue H. Not Specified Not Specified

    Well girls, 30 is nothing…wait until you turn 50!! The time flys and you just can believe it! My 30’s were some of the best times of my life…every decade brings its challenges and great opportunities! Happy belated birthday..can’t wait to make these!

  14. Whitney @ Jewhungry Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh my gosh, these look fantastic.

  15. Tessa Not Specified Not Specified

    These look great! At what temperature did you bake them? Happy 30th!

  16. Shari @ Simply Shari's Gluten Free Not Specified Not Specified

    These sound and look so delicious!

  17. Brittany Not Specified Not Specified

    Happy 30th! Keep kicking ass!! :)

  18. Kasey Not Specified Not Specified

    Teri! HBD! I felt very much the same way about turning 30. And I also celebrated in Japan (I hope it’s as awesome for you as it was for me). I think it’s a good reminder that life moves fast, and you gotta focus on what makes you happy. x

  19. Nicole | With A Lil' Twist Not Specified Not Specified

    Happy belated birthday! LOVE your tooth picks! Recipe looks delicious :)

  20. PolaM Not Specified Not Specified

    Love the meatballs! And don’t worry, I’m relatively new at the 30 thing, but I can tell you at heart I am just my 20 something self with a bit more confidence, a car and better clothes and make up!

  21. Alex Not Specified Not Specified

    Love the previous comment. Who wants to be 20 something with less confidence, a shitty car, and fu#ked up clothes & make up lol
    I love these garlic cocktail meatballs. I couldn’t eat them now though cuz I’m currently on a diet “I don’t want belly catching back up with me, esp giving the fact me & belly get on so well lol”…but I’ll defo scoff these on a cheat day sometime :)

  22. Georgina Not Specified Not Specified

    my FAV food blog. keep up the good work <3

    Georgina at

  23. Melanie | Melanie Makes Not Specified Not Specified

    Um yeah, so these sound absolutely amazing! PINNED!

  24. Rika Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks delish! I think I’m trying some of the ingredients on your recipe when I make meatballs next time!
    I just turned 30 too a few days ago, and I feel empowered. Cheers to us! ;)


  25. Heather Not Specified Not Specified

    Celebrating a birthday in Tokyo sounds like a fabulous way to spend a birthday :) These meatballs sounds amazing. I like the idea of Asian-flavored meatballs! I love meatballs as appetizers, but then I end up eating enough for a full meal. Oops.

  26. Angie Not Specified Not Specified

    These look great all mixed up in the bowl, but now we don’t know what temp you baked them at… we’re gonna try 375 and hope they’re good!

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  28. Paula Turcotte Not Specified Not Specified

    I am going to try these because my daughter wants cold meatballs for a snack. the temperature for the oven was noted in the recipe. The sambal in the recipe is what got me excited, as I use that also in Indonesian cooking.

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  34. Stefanie Not Specified Not Specified

    I cannot wait to try these, added ingredients to my grocery list! If I wanted these for a meal, what would you suggest pairing with?