Indonesian Meat Balls

This is one of my favorite recipes. It's a real change of pace from the usual. The meatballs are tender and flavorful, and the sauce is to die for. I usually double or even triple the sauce since it is just wonderful over rice.


  • 1 lb. ground beef (ground pork or turkey is good too)
  • 2 tsp. grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. coriander
  • 1 tsp. cumin


  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 tsp. powdered ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce


Mix the meat and the rest of the meatball ingredients lightly, working it as little as possible to get it thoroughly mixed. Shape into 16 meatballs. Place on a foil lined broiler pan and make the sauce.

For the sauce, melt the butter in a skillet. Saute the onion until it is softening. Add the coriander, ginger and cayenne and stir it in until the onion is fully tender. Add the remaining ingredients, stirring constantly for a couple of minutes. Remove from the heat.


Place the meatballs under a preheated broiler 4 inches from the heat. Broil for 3 minutes. Brush on the sauce and continue broiling for 3 minutes. Turn the meatballs and brush more sauce on. Broil for 3 or 4 more minutes, until cooked through.

You may also brown the meatballs in a skillet, then add them to the sauce in its skillet. I do this when I double or triple the sauce. Once browned, I simmer them, stirring often, until they are done.

This is good served with rice or pasta.

By Free2B from North Royalton, OH

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December 2, 20110 found this helpful

Sounds yummy! Can't wait to try this!

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December 3, 20110 found this helpful

Woah! This sounds great! I've also just realized I've never had Indonesian food, so I really can't wait to try this :)

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