Slow-Cooker Spicy Plum-Glazed Meatballs


Tender, tangy, spicy, sweet--these slow-cooker meatballs might become your new go-to dish. They cook in the crock pot for only about an hour and a half, so they're a great dinner solution on days when you don't have much time for dinner prep. Consider wearing gloves when shaping the meatballs to make cleanup a cinch.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 35 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
4 servings
Nutrition Profile:


  • 1 pound lean ground pork

  • ½ cup panko (Japanese-style breadcrumbs)

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped scallions (from 2 scallions), plus more for garnish

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • Cooking spray

  • cup plum sauce

  • ¼ cup water

  • 2 ½ tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha chili sauce

  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, plus more to taste

  • 2 cups hot cooked jasmine rice


  1. Gently stir together pork, panko, egg, scallions, and pepper in a large bowl until blended. Shape mixture into 24 (1-inch) meatballs. Place meatballs in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker coated with cooking spray.

  2. Stir together plum sauce, water, soy sauce, Sriracha, and ginger in a small bowl, and pour over meatballs. Cover and cook on high until the meatballs are firm and a thermometer inserted into 3 to 4 meatballs registers 145°F, about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Transfer meatballs to a platter with a slotted spoon, reserving sauce mixture in slow cooker. Cover meatballs with aluminum foil to keep warm.

  3. Pour sauce mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a large skillet, discarding solids. Bring sauce mixture to a boil over high, stirring occasionally. Cook, stirring occasionally, until glaze is reduced to about 1⁄3 cup, about 4 minutes. Stir in rice vinegar. Add meatballs to skillet, and stir to coat. Add more rice vinegar to taste.

  4. Serve meatballs and sauce over hot cooked rice; garnish with additional scallions, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

415 Calories
12g Fat
47g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1/2 cup rice, 6 meatballs, 1/4 cup sauce
Calories 415
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 28g 56%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Sodium 677mg 29%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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