Easy and juicy teriyaki meatballs with a homemade Hawaiian teriyaki sauce, served over rice!
1poundground meat - chicken, beef or pork
1/2teaspoonEACH: ground ginger, garlic powder
ground black pepper
1/2cuppanko bread crumbs
2tablespoonssesame seed oil
2garlic cloves, pressed
1 1/2tablespoonsfreshly grated ginger
1 1/2cupswhite or brown rice, or noodles
Prepare the meatball mixture. Combine the ground meat, seasonings and spices, egg and chives in a large bowl. Use your hands to knead the ingredients together. Add the bread crumbs last and mix just until combined. Use a scoop to measure out the meatballs, then round the meat with your hands into balls.
Preheat a large frying pan and add a drizzle of olive oil. Fry the meatballs over medium heat, turning every minute until browned on all sides. Turn heat down to a medium-low, cover the pan with a lid and cook for about 10 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked all the way through. Remove the meatballs from the pan and set aside.
Into the same pan, add water first to deglaze the pan. Then add the remaining sauce ingredients: soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame seed oil, garlic, ginger and pineapple. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat and cook about 7 to 8 minutes, until garlic and pineapple is tender. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water. Add to the sauce and cook until thickened, about 1 minute.
Return the meatballs back into the pan and coat in the pineapple sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped cilantro. Prepare rice according to package instructions. Serve over hot rice or noodles.