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Korean-Inspired Turkey Gochujang Meatballs

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These Korean-inspired Turkey Gochujang Meatballs are delicious, seasoned with ginger and spices and finished with a sweet and spicy, gochujang glaze.

These Asian inspired turkey meatballs are seasoned with ginger and spices and finished with a sweet and spicy, gochujang glaze. Great as an appetizer or serve them with brown rice to make them a meal.Korean Gochujang Meatballs

These Gochujang Meatballs make a great appetizer or make them a meal with some brown rice and kimchi. Also great for meal prep! I have TONS of meatball recipes here. Try these Italian Turkey Meatballs, Buffalo Chicken Meatballs, Sheet Pan Turkey Meatball Dinner and these Chicken Romano Meatballs, to name a few.

These Asian inspired turkey meatballs are seasoned with ginger and spices and finished with a sweet and spicy, gochujang glaze. Great as an appetizer or serve them with brown rice to make them a meal.

I’m obsessed with gochujang, a thick, spicy red chili paste and one of the backbone ingredients of Korean cooking. I love the kick and depth of flavor that it adds to everything you stir it into — a little goes a long way.

This dish is excellent as an appetizer served with toothpicks, or make it a main dish for dinner over rice for 4 servings by increasing the the meatballs, about 5 per person.

Tips To Meal Prep Gochujang Meatballs

This also makes a great meal prep dish! To meal prep for 4 days, you will need 3 cups cooked brown rice. You can cook the rice or buy frozen brown rice for convenience (I love Trader Joes!). Divide 3/4 cup brown rice per serving with 5 meatballs and transfer to meal prep containers. I love these glass meal prep jars . Refrigerate for the week. To reheat, microwave 2 to 3 minutes, until hot. You can also freeze them in a freezer safe meal prep container, then transfer to the refrigerator the day before eating. You can see more meal prep recipes here.

How To Make Korean Turkey Meatballs

These Asian inspired turkey meatballs are seasoned with ginger and spices and finished with a sweet and spicy, gochujang glaze. Great as an appetizer or serve them with brown rice to make them a meal.

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Korean-Inspired Turkey Gochujang Meatballs

5 from 21 votes
4
Cals:140
Protein:14
Carbs:6
Fat:7
These Asian inspired turkey meatballs are seasoned with ginger and spices and finished with a sweet and spicy, gochujang glaze.
Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese, Japanese
These Asian inspired turkey meatballs are seasoned with ginger and spices and finished with a sweet and spicy, gochujang glaze. Great as an appetizer or serve them with brown rice to make them a meal.
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 35 mins
Yield: 7 servings
Serving Size: 3 meatballs

Ingredients

For the Gochujang Glaze:

  • 1 tablespoon gochujang check labels for gluten-free
  • 1 teaspoon unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce use gluten-free soy sauce for GF
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 small clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger

For the meatballs:

  • 1 pounds 93% lean ground turkey
  • 2 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
  • 2 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce use gluten-free soy sauce for GF
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs use gluten-free panko for GF
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 scallions chopped, white and green part separated

For Garnish:

  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
  • scallion greens

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Cover 1 large sheet pan with foil and lightly spray with oil.
  • Combine glaze ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • For meatballs: Combine all ingredients from turkey to scallions (whites only) in a large bowl.  Mix thoroughly.
  • Using your hands, form into 21 round meatballs, about 1 oz each. Place the meatballs, evenly spaced, on the prepared sheet pan. Baked for 20 minutes in the center of the oven.
  • Preheat the broiler on high and position the rack about 5 to 6 inches from the heat, second rack from the top.
  • Brush the meatballs with glaze and broil about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Transfer to a platter and top with sesame seeds and scallions.
  • Serve with toothpicks as an appetizer or with rice if desired as a main dish.

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Nutrition

Serving: 3 meatballs, Calories: 140 kcal, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Protein: 14 g, Fat: 7 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 75 mg, Sodium: 321 mg, Fiber: 0.5 g, Sugar: 3 g

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98 comments on “Korean-Inspired Turkey Gochujang Meatballs”

  1. These meatballs are a family favorite. All 5 of us love them. The sauce is so good; I double it. We make this for dinner 1-2 times a month. Love the flavor.

  2. Could make these the night before then reheat them up in the crockpot the next day? I think these would be amazing at a Pot luck I’m going to.

  3. I make this regularly and my whole family loves it. Loads of flavor. I make a double batch so it takes me longer but even with a single batch, plan for more like an hour- 35 min is unrealistic. I spend 10-15 minutes on the garlic and ginger alone! But super tasty recipe like most of her stuff!!

    1. Use a microplane grater for the garlic and ginger. I keep the ginger in the freezer and don’t even peel it before grating. It is very quick.

  4. Hey, so cool to see you use gochujang in recipes! Looking forward to trying these Korean Turkey Meatballs but want to flag for your team that in the recipe, under cuisine it’s labelled “Chinese” and “Japanese.” I’m sure it’s just an oversight since your gochujang salmon is correctly labelled “Korean.” Gochujang is a uniquely Korean ingredient and it’s awesome to see you using it!

  5. Because of all of the awesome reviews, I have these on the menu this week, but am wondering if I can make these with ground chicken breast instead of turkey? We are not a fan of ground turkey at all, and ground chicken is what I have. Thanks!