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Hawaiian Meatballs


Initially, I wanted to make some Sweet and Sour Meatballs for a quick fix meal. But when I looked into my pantry, I found a can of pineapples sitting around. So I changed my mind, and decided to try out something new but similar. I knew that anything sweet & savoury will definitely win the hearts of my little ones, and that would mean that I can save myself some effort in trying to get them to eat their food fast. 

It definitely helps when I’m serving meatballs of any kind. I mean, meatballs on its own is such fun food. The process of making meatballs is also a lot of fun for me. I usually bake my meatballs because it uses less grease, and the fat of the meat drains onto the tray as it cooks. That being said, do remember to line your baking tray for easy clean up. 

The dish turned out great! It tasted a lot like a cross between the Chinese sweet and sour, and Japanese teriyaki. Both a winning dish with the family. The sauce goes very well with steamed rice, and I love the sweetness and crunch of the peppers! 


Hawaiian Meatballs

Serves 4



  • 500 g minced beef
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 yellow onion minced
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 yellow onion sliced
  • 1/2 red pepper cut into bite sized
  • 1/2 green pepper cut into bite sized
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 & 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple I got canned pineapple and chopped it up
  • 1 tbsp white rice vinegar
  • Corn starch slurry
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • Chopped coriander to garnish



  • Preheat oven to 200C.
  • Mix all the ingredient for meatball together.
  • Form meatballs about 1 1/2 inch size and place on greased baking sheet an inch apart from each other.
  • Give the meatballs a light spray of cooking oil.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through.


  • Heat cooking oil in pan over medium high heat.
  • Saute garlic and onion until onion is soft.
  • Add peppers and saute for a minute.
  • Add soy sauce, sugar, water, vinegar, and crushed pineapples.
  • Season to taste.
  • Stir in corn starch slurry to thicken sauce.
  • Add prepared meatballs, and toss to coat.
  • Remove from heat, garnish, and serve.


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  • Reply
    Elaine Q
    25 March, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Love this dish, look easy to do. I will replace the meat to either pork or chicken as I don’t eat beef. It’s definitely a great dish. Thank you Sharon for sharing your recipe.

    • Reply
      Sharon Lam
      25 March, 2016 at 11:54 am

      You are most welcome, Elaine!

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    Joanne ng
    1 April, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Loves your recipes/cooking. Am a working mom with a 2 year old girl. i will cook and packed her b’fst, lunch & dinner for her to to bring to the nanny every weekdays. I enjoy and try to prepare different types of food for her to explore, but time is limited in most mornings. Can I freeze the meatballs and defrost to use them as when I need them? If yes, I freeze them before or after baking?

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      Sharon Lam
      1 April, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      Thank you, Joanne! You are one dedicated mummy!! Your girl is a very fortunate little one. Yes, meatballs can be frozen. Freeze after it’s cooked. Drain grease off the pan, and freeze meatballs on tray, single layer, and not touching each other. When frozen, you can transfer into ziplock bags. Hope that’s helpful! 🙂

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    Joanne ng
    1 April, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Very helpful indeed, thanx Sharon!!! For personal reasons, I don’t take beef. My hub does & of course i won’t stop Ollie from having them. It’s good source of iron. It’s gonna be her 1st beef meal. I believe she will loves it. Thanx again!

  • Reply
    5 June, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    it looks so damn delicious…!

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