These delicious Air Fryer Asian Meatballs are so easy to make and ready in just 20 minutes!
Air Fryer Meatballs
This Asian meatball recipe is the best weeknight dinner! There’s no chopping necessary, and you’ll have juicy meatballs ready in just 20 minutes. These pork meatballs freeze easily before or after cooking, so it’s the perfect meal prep recipe for busy weeks, new parents, or holiday party planning.
If you use ground pork rinds instead of breadcrumbs, this easy appetizer is also keto-friendly, grain-free, and low-carb. They keep well in a slow cooker on “warm” during a potluck, but just be warned that they will disappear in a flash!
Ingredients for Asian Meatballs
Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll need for this recipe. For exact measurements, keep scrolling down to the printable recipe card below.
- Ground pork – I think pork works best with these flavors, but you could easily swap this out for chicken, turkey, or beef if you prefer. Keep in mind that pork is generally 10-15% fat, so choosing a leaner protein could result in dry meatballs.
- Breadcrumbs – These can be homemade, store-bought, gluten-free, whatever you’d like. If you want a low-carb, keto-friendly option, use ground pork rinds instead! That would make one serving (5 meatballs) come to just 2.5 carbs.
- Sweet chili sauce, Soy sauce (low sodium), Green onion (finely diced) – These add loads of flavor. Feel free to use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce if you prefer!
- Garlic powder, Onion powder, Dry ginger, Salt, Crushed red pepper – This dry mix can be prepped several days ahead of time to make it quicker; just store in an airtight container in a cabinet until you’re ready to cook.
- Large egg – This helps bind the meatballs together and adds moisture. Unsweetened apple sauce (about 3 tablespoons) can work as an egg substitute.
How to Make Asian Meatballs in the Air Fryer
This is a simple recipe that can be prepped and cooked in 20 minutes! Even better, it doesn’t even require chopping. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to making these juicy meatballs.
In a mixing bowl, combine the ground pork, breadcrumbs, sauce, green onion, soy sauce, seasonings, and egg. Use your hands to mix these until all ingredients are incorporated and well combined. Shape into 2-inch balls and place on a plate until ready to cook.
Meal prep idea! Consider making a double batch. You could freeze half right now before cooking, then you’ll have a quick meal straight from the freezer later.
Air fry meatballs
Spray the air fryer basket or rack with cooking spray or brush with oil. Place meatballs about 1 inch apart in a single layer, making sure to leave room for air circulation. Air fry at 400 degrees F for 8-9 minutes or until cooked through.
Don’t overcrowd the basket! You may have to cook these in batches if your air fryer isn’t large enough. My first batch took 9 minutes, but my subsequent batches only took 8 minutes each because the air fryer was already preheated.
Toss hot meatballs into remaining sweet chili sauce and serve immediately! You could garnish with more green onions, fresh herbs, or sesame seeds. If you need to keep them warm at a potluck, you could keep on “warm” in a slow cooker (This shallow one makes them easy to serve).
What to serve with Asian meatballs
For a super simple meal, serve these meatballs with these Foil Pack Green Beans and Air Fryer Egg Rolls! Barely any cleanup involved, and the whole meal is ready in
- Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts – We LOVE this, especially with the dipping sauce. We might dip the meatballs into the sauce, too!
- Sesame Noodles – These are so easy, flavorful, and great for reheating. I love having a big batch for lunches!
- Cauliflower Fried Rice – This low-carb recipe is absolutely packed with healthy nutrients and delicious flavor! This is a keto staple for us.
- Foil Pack Green Beans – Exploding with flavor and virtually no cleanup required!
- Easy Asian Cucumber Salad – We love a side dish that doesn’t require any cooking! Super flavorful and easy to make ahead of time.
- Air Fryer Egg Rolls – These frozen egg rolls become perfectly crispy in the air fryer! It’s a great quick side dish you can keep stocked for emergencies.
Allow the meatballs to cool completely then transfer them to an airtight container. Refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze for longer storage. These meal prep containers are perfect for packing meatballs and cauliflower rice.
First, make sure meatballs are completely cooled. Any residual heat can turn into condensation and moisture that can lead to freezer burn. Once cooled, vacuum seal meatballs in individual servings or all together. You can also use freezer bags, just try to squeeze out as much air as possible to protect them.
Helpful tip: If you want to be able to pull out just the right amount of meatballs at once, you could first freeze them on a plate (not touching) for 1-2 hours. Once the surface is frozen, they won’t stick together, so you can bag them for later.
- Microwave – You can easily reheat meatballs in the microwave, just blast in 1-minute increments at 50% power. You can use this method with the meatballs in sauce or on their own.
- Air Fryer – You can reheat meatballs in the air fryer at 350 degrees F for 3+ minutes (timing depends on how many meatballs you’re heating at once).
- Oven – Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, then heat meatballs in a single layer on a baking sheet. If you’re worried that they might get too browned or burn, simply cover them with aluminum foil while they reheat. I highly recommend at least uncovering for the last 1-3 minutes for crispy bits on the edges!
- Skillet – Preheat a large skillet to medium low and add in meatballs. If serving with a sauce, you can add this in as well if you prefer. Stir and shake pan occasionally for even cooking, then remove once warmed all the way through.
If you love these Asian meatballs, you’ll love these easy dinners:
- Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin and Veggies – We use similar flavors in this full air fryer meal. It’s quick, delicious, and healthy!
- Kung Pao Meatballs – These are super flavorful and excellent with rice, too! Ready in 30 minutes and freezer friendly.
- Steak Rolls – So juicy and perfect for serving at a party! We like grilling these in the summer but the oven makes them easy year-round.
- Crispy Brussels Sprout Fried Rice – This is an excellent meal prepping recipe, and I love bringing leftovers for lunch! Great texture.
- Chili Garlic Salmon – Another delicious recipe that’s ready in 20 minutes or less! This is great after a long day since it’s so simple.
- Teriyaki Chicken Thighs – The Instant Pot manages to get these incredibly tender! Super juicy with a great flavor.
- 1 lb ground pork
- ½ cup breadcrumbs (or pork rind panko if you want to lower carbs)
- ½ cup sweet chili sauce, divided
- ¼ cup finely diced green onion
- 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp dry ginger
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp crushed red pepper
- 1 large egg
- Mix ground pork, breadcrumbs, ¼ cup sweet chili sauce, green onion, soy sauce, spices/seasonings, and egg in a large bowl until well combined.
- Shape into 2-inch balls and place on a plate until ready to cook.
- Spray your air fryer basket with cooking spray, then place the meatballs about 1 inch apart in a single layer in your air fryer basket (you may have to cook in batches). Air fry at 400 degrees for 8-9 minutes until cooked through to 145 degrees.
- Toss in the remaining sweet chili sauce and serve!
- These meatballs make a really good appetizer but also taste great with rice, cauliflower rice, and stir-fried vegetables!
- Gluten-free breadcrumbs or ground pork rinds can replace the breadcrumbs if you prefer.
- Meatballs freeze really well for up to 3 months, and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- If doing these in batches, I found that the first batch takes about 9 minutes, the second batch takes about 8 minutes (just because the air fryer is already preheated at that point).
- Nutrition values using breadcrumbs:
Serving Size: 5 meatballs Number of Servings: 4
Calories: 414 g Total Fat: 26.2 g Cholesterol: 128.3 mg Sodium: 1000.3 mg
Carbohydrates: 18.9 g Fiber: 1.7 g Sugar: 6.1 g Protein: 24.3 g
Serving Size:5 meatballs (nutrition calculated using pork rinds)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 387Total Fat: 28.7gCholesterol: 138.4mgSodium: 1208.5mgCarbohydrates: 2.5gNet Carbohydrates: 2.2gFiber: 0.3gSugar: 0.7gProtein: 28.1g