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Easy Hoisin Meatballs

I love Hoisin sauce and these easy hoisin meatballs are a favourite quick snack - indeed, it's what I just ate for my lunch! Having made some plain meatballs earlier in the week in my slow cooker, I'd stored the meatballs separate from the rest of the leftovers. This enables me to use the meatballs up in a variety of dishes across the week.

To make these hoisin meatballs I pricked three meatballs with a fork and popped them into a small lidded pot. I then poured some Blue Dragon Rich Hoisin Sauce over them, put the lid on the pot and shook it. I'll use any form of Hoisin sauce at this stage, whatever's first out of the cupboard! I then put that back in the fridge until I was ready to eat. Sometimes I will coat meatballs with hoisin sauce the night before, giving the sauce time to really sink in - other times I won't have time for that and will simply pour the hoison sauce over the meatballs at the last minute.

To reheat the meatballs, I simply put the meatballs into the microwave - as the lidded pot I'd used was microwave safe I just loosened the lid of that. It only took 2 minutes on high in the microwave to have my meatballs steaming and ready to serve!

For me, 3 meatballs was a great snack for one person - and they can be sliced and put into a sandwich, or a pitta bread or sub. Alternatively, you can slice them and mix with noodles, or serve on a bed of rice. Whatever takes your fancy!

If I am planning to use them as a Hoisin Meatball Sub then I'll go to the effort of slicing the meatballs up before I put the sauce on, giving it a better chance of getting that great hoisin flavour.


Image Credit » My photo - my lunch, photographed with my camera

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peachpurple wrote on January 24, 2015, 8:14 AM

i want to try this out, but no hoisin sauce here, any replacement?

UK_Writer wrote on January 24, 2015, 9:31 AM

Well, you can make your own hoisin sauce - which I rarely bother with these days as it's easy enough to buy it. My homemade hoisin sauce is made from soy sauce and peanut butter with some honey. Most people put sesame oil in, but I don't have/use that. I also put in a bit of chilli/hot sauce and a bit of garlic powder.

Maplewinter wrote on January 24, 2015, 9:53 AM

These sound really yummy and I think I am going to get hubby to make them one night for dinner! I love hoisin sauce and usually have some in the cupboard, or fridge if the jar is open. I usually have hoisin on rice noodles for a quick lunch.

UK_Writer wrote on January 24, 2015, 10:48 AM

It's nicer if you've let it soak in for some time - but as an instant snack this is definitely the way to go!

Koalemos wrote on January 24, 2015, 10:49 AM

I have absolutely no idea what Hoisin sauce is.

Maplewinter wrote on January 24, 2015, 11:02 AM

I will leave it to soak for a while. I might even make a load of meatballs up and then freeze them with the sauce.

trufflehunter wrote on January 24, 2015, 11:36 AM

I bet your Hoisin meatballs wins Subway's hands down any day.

trufflehunter wrote on January 24, 2015, 11:37 AM

By the way I'm Chinese but never heard of Hoisin sauce. I wonder if I know it by some other name, like maybe oyster sauce.

LeaPea2417 wrote on January 24, 2015, 1:13 PM

I like those also. They have such a good tasty flavor and to make enough to eat all week is always a good idea.

UK_Writer wrote on January 24, 2015, 5:40 PM

mmmm. I tend to keep/freeze the individual building blocks separately as I can change my mind about what I want/fancy at the drop of a hat, so like to keep things flexible most of the time.

UK_Writer wrote on January 24, 2015, 5:41 PM

And I can't describe it. It's soy sauce based, with black bean or peanut butter being added to it in almost the same quantities... then the other sweet flavours. It's common as Hoison Duck on chinese menus.

UK_Writer wrote on January 24, 2015, 5:41 PM

I've never had subway's. Didn't know they did them. I've only had a subway meal twice - once was free. I don't eat out very often

UK_Writer wrote on January 24, 2015, 5:43 PM

On a chinese menu there's Hoisin Duck - and various meats in Oyster sauce is a separate item. So they must be different. I've googled it - it's more common in Southern Chinese cooking - and is also known as Plum Sauce.

UK_Writer wrote on January 24, 2015, 5:44 PM

The trouble with making a lot is you get portion creep ... which is when you start serving yourself a larger portion, an extra meatball, just because you have a lot of them. I try not to do that :)

valmnz wrote on January 24, 2015, 5:53 PM

I've just recently started experimenting using a wider range of sauces. Now, maybe I need to consider Hoisin as well.

chrisandmark wrote on January 24, 2015, 6:48 PM

I never thought of putting Hoisin with meatballs - sounds delicious

celticeagle wrote on January 24, 2015, 8:06 PM

The meatballs do sound good. Not sure I would go in for heat of the sauce though.

UK_Writer wrote on January 25, 2015, 5:51 AM

If I like a sauce, I use it with many things. Sometimes I eat just hoisin sauce with plain rice! A popular 'mini treat' for me is hoisin noodles :)

UK_Writer wrote on January 25, 2015, 11:42 AM

There's no heat in hoisin sauce, it's more sweet than anything. Sweet and a little tangy.

UK_Writer wrote on January 25, 2015, 11:43 AM

It is amazing - and surprisingly not more common. It's always been on all Chinese menus - usually as Duck with Hoisin Sauce. I had it like that the first time and knew I loved the taste of the sauce itself, so I started using it as a "splash on sauce" with plain rice, egg fried rice and noodles. Love it!

celticeagle wrote on January 25, 2015, 1:11 PM

From what I read there were chiles and such. Or is that the meatballs?

CoralLevang wrote on January 25, 2015, 3:20 PM

Any sauce will do peachpurple ! That is the beauty of meatballs!

I like the sound of UK_Writer and her homemade sauce, though hoisin to me doesn't have peanut butter in it.

UK_Writer wrote on January 26, 2015, 3:47 PM

A chicken wrap with Hoisin sauce is great too. A nice snack, or picnic food.