Meatballs are easy to make, filling, good lunch packaging, suitable for freezing, and can be matched with many different flavors. Also, I just think the meatballs are cute (is this weird?). This time I seasoned the meatballs with some garlic and ginger, and then soaked them with homemade teriyaki sauce to make these super simple and delicious teriyaki meatball bowls. You will love the simplicity of this meal, and the juicy pork and ginger meatballs!
Can I substitute pork?
I used ground pork for this recipe because it is cheap and always juicy, but of course you can use ground turkey or chicken instead. Most of the flavor comes from the powerful teriyaki glaze covering the meatballs, so any milder minced meat will work well. Ground beef can be used, but I find that the taste is more suitable for mild white meat.
How long can the teriyaki meatball bowl last?
You can keep these meatball bowls in the refrigerator for about 4 days. To reheat, just microwave for about 2 minutes, or until heated.
Can the meatball bowl be frozen?
Most of the ingredients in these bowls are suitable for freezing-meatballs, rice and broccoli. However, teriyaki sauce is not. Sauces thickened with cornstarch often cannot withstand freezing and thawing. So you have a few options here. You can freeze cooked or undercooked meatballs for quick reheating or cooking on busy nights, and then let the remaining dishes fresh, or freeze the entire bowl of meatballs without adding teriyaki sauce. Then, you can make the teriyaki sauce fresh and drizzle on it after reheating the bowl.
Teriyaki meatball bowl in rectangular glass pre-meal preparation container
Other ways to serve teriyaki meatball bowls
If you like pineapple with teriyaki, just add a can of drained pineapple tidbits to the sauce, or use thawed frozen pineapple tidbits. These teriyaki meatballs are also great appetizers! Just dip them in the sauce and use a toothpick to eat.
As mentioned above, this is an updated version of the old formula in 2012. The old version has more tahini, while the new version is straightforward classic teriyaki sauce. If you like the old version, please click here to download the old recipe.
Pork and Ginger Meatballs
1 cup jasmine rice
2 cups water
2 green onions
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
1 lb. frozen broccoli florets