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Sweet and Sour Meatballs-Filipino Style

These sweet and sour meatballs are fried then simmered in the sauce, to let the flavor of the sauce seep into the meatballs. Simple and yummy, try it now!

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Armin love food that has or is ground meat, his favorite –> BURGERS! I try to make them myself which I think is so much better than getting them from fast food restaurants all the time, at least I know (and have a say) what’s in them, right?! He likes them so much I get fed up with making and eating them! ?. So to break from monotony, we with have other food with ground meat, like spaghetti, lasagna, baked macaroni, spring rolls (Filipino version which he also really likes), Embutido (also Filipino food). Some of them need a bit of time to make and some are easy.

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Then I had the idea to mix his favorite burgers with a touch of Filipino cooking. I know there are lots of different versions of Sweet and Sour Meatballs out there but this I got from my Mama. Although she never used measurements in cooking (like ever), she would only give me the ingredients and some instructions. But of course, she is the best cook in the world!!! Like every mother is to her children I think, only a lot of people called her “Mommy” when we still had a canteen near the university that my siblings and I attended, so there you go! 

They are retired now but she still cooks every day for my Papa,  my sister, and their grandchildren! And even now, I would sometimes get messages from my former classmates reminiscing about their favorite dish served in the canteen. I think that is how I get to love food and preparing them, I was trained in the kitchen at an early age, helping out with cutting and slicing and preparing the desserts whenever there were family occasions or gatherings. But even now, I can only hope to cook half as good as my Mama.

These Sweet and Sour Meatballs are first deep fried until brown and then simmered in the sauce for a couple of minutes, allowing the flavor of the sauce to seep into the meatballs. It is usually served with steamed rice as the main dish but can also be an appetizer for parties.

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4.75 from 4 votes

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Perfectly fried meatballs simmered in an amazing sweet and sour sauce. This Sweet and Sour Meatball can be served as an hors d'oeuvre or as a main dish with steaming hot rice!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian,Filipino
Keyword: sweet and sour meatballs
Servings: 4
Calories: 504kcal
Author: Bebs
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour



  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 medium onion - - chopped finely
  • 1 small carrots - - finely diced
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt - - adjust as needed
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper - - adjust as needed
  • 1/8 cup grated Parmesan - - or grated hard cheese (optional)
  • oil


  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch - - dissolved in 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 small onion - - cut into 4 parts
  • 1 small carrots - - half cut into strips, half into flowers
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper - - cut into squares
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for the meatballs and mix them well using your hands. Form balls for about 1 1/2 inch diameter using both hands.
  • In a deep fry pan or deep fryer, fry the meatballs in hot oil. Set aside cooked meatballs.
  • While waiting for the meatballs to fry, you can prepare the sauce. In a big or deep pan, heat oil on high. Stir fry and carrots strips for about 1-2 minutes, do not overcook. Turn heat to low. Add vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper and pour in water with cornstarch and ketchup. Stir until combined and sugar is dissolved. Now add the cooked meatballs to the sauce and let it simmer until sauce thickens for about 3-5 minutes. Add bell peppers and carrot flowers and cook for another 2 minutes. Transfer Sweet and Sour Meatballs to your serving dish.
Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 504 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 135mg45%
Sodium 1432mg60%
Potassium 574mg16%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 4920IU98%
Vitamin C 29mg35%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Bebs here! I love to cook and try new things and DIY projects! And although I think of myself as a homebody, I like seeing other places from time to time.
If you are looking for a recipe and it ain't here, make a request and I will try my best to make it for you!

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe. Just what I was looking for: simple, but yummy! Reminded me of my childhood days when this was one of my favourite “ulam”. Thank you!

  2. 4 stars
    I tried this recipe for the first time tonight. It was really good overall and I plan to use it again. However, the meatballs were a bit salty for us. I double checked the recipe and use 1 tablespoon salt. I will probably cut that in half the next time I make it.

    1. Hi Glinda, it is a teaspoon and not a tablespoon. I think it was an error made during our transfer from one recipe card plugin to the new one. Really sorry about that and I am glad for your comment. It is now adjusted…

  3. Hi Bebs, I just want to ask what ketchup do you use for this recipe? The filipino brand ketchup or any ketchup will do?
    Btw, i have been following your food blogs and i am a fan 🙂 Thanks for sharing your recipes!

  4. Perfect! At last I found a recipe so perfect to my test. I’m not good in cooking but now I got interest to cooking. Based on your recipes. I am now looking for a notebook to copy your recipe that I have tried to cook for Mt self. So simple but tasty and yummmmmmy

  5. Hi Bebs, its me again.. ???? I’ve tried this one too. Actually, I have done this several times already because my husband been constantly asking me to make this very now and my 11 y/o daughter enjoys this too. Thanks so much for sharing your delicious recipes.. ????????????

  6. 5 stars
    Hello Bebs, I always use dry bread crumbs as binder for meatballs. I will try your recipe using flour instead. Love your recipe photos. They all look appetizing.

  7. I tried this last night and it was an instant hit to my husband and toddler. Can you please also try the one pot lasagna without using an oven? Thank you 🙂

    1. Glad you and your family liked it, Zara! I will write your request down on my list and will try my best to make a really good no-oven one pot lasagna! 🙂

  8. thank you for sharing . I have learn a lot from your site . I just started my filipino cuisine food truck and is tough bu i vow to make it o help me God !!!!!

  9. Beb, not only are you a devoted and inspiring homemaker, you also have a grateful, grace-filled heart! I love what you write about your Mom, your husband, your family and friends back home. Needless to say, your recipes and pictures look so yummy. The toffees I baked were Dee-li cious!!! Many many thanks.

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