Instant Pot Meatballs 5 different ways: no sauce, with sauce, sweet & sour grape jelly, Korean, and Swedish style!
Make your meatballs, then head to the recipe below for the sauce.
The sauce recipes below are generally enough for one full batch of meatballs. You may want to make more or less sauce depending on how saucy you like your meatballs, and whether you plan to serve as a meal or as an appetizer. All sauces except the Swedish meatball sauce can be frozen.
Note: 3-4 cups is generally enough sauce to serve over pasta; if serving as an appetizer you may want to use less sauce or freeze the extra.
Makes: 2 cups sauce
Note: This recipe generally makes enough sauce to serve over rice or rice noodles. If serving as an appetizer you may want to make less sauce or freeze the extra.
Makes: ~2 cups sauce
Note: This recipe generally makes enough sauce to serve over rice or rice noodles; if serving as an appetizer you may want to make less sauce or freeze the extra.
In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring soy sauce, water, brown sugar, gochujang, ground ginger, garlic, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes to a boil. Whisk 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water together in a separate small bowl until well combined; stir into boiling sauce and simmer for 1-2 minutes to activate the starch. Reduce heat to medium; simmer and stir frequently for 8-10 minutes, or until sauce is thickened and reduced slightly. Remove from heat.
Makes: ~2 cups sauce
Note: I recommend increasing sauce ingredients by half if serving a full batch of meatballs over pasta.
Melt butter in a large saucepan or deep skillet over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until lightly browned, about 1-2 minutes. Gradually add beef broth and whisk until the sauce begins to thicken. Add milk, half-and-half or heavy cream, and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Cook until the sauce reaches desired consistency. Transfer cooked meatballs from the Instant Pot to the saucepan or skillet, coat with sauce, and serve.
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Nutrition information calculated for 3, 1.5-ounce meatballs (no sauce) using 85% lean ground beef and Sweet Italian pork sausage.