Easy Korean Meatballs (Instant Pot)


These glazed Korean Meatballs are easy to prepare and take minutes to cook!

Plated Korean Meatballs with rice and kimchi

In recent years Korean food become some of our favorite dinner-time meals.

From spicy Tteokbokki and Jajangmyeon to Japchae, Korean culture has so much to offer to the culinary world.

If you enjoy sweet and savory meals, then Korean food is the food for you, and these easy Korean-inspired meatballs fit the bill.

Another aspect of Korean cooking that I love, once you have a few staples in your home, you can create a large variety of dishes without having to constantly run to the store for missing ingredients.

Sweet Spicy Meatball Ingredients

  • Ikea Swedish meatballs (or alternative of choice)
  • Korean chili paste (Gochujang) – the medium spice version
  • Soy sauce
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Fresh ginger
  • Garlic cloves
  • Water
  • Spring onion
  • Sesame seeds (garnish)
  • Potato starch or Cornstarch

Note: Can’t find Gochujang? You can swap for Sriracha, it won’t be the exact same taste, but it’s a fair substitute when in a pinch.

KOREAN MEATBALLS INGREDIENTS

How To Make Instant Pot Korean Meatballs

  1. Add your frozen meatballs inside the Instant Pot insert
  2. In a cereal-size bowl, dissolve one tablespoon of Gochujang in 1 cup of hot water
  3. Add your brown sugar to the mixture and mix to dissolve.
  4. Add your soy sauce and hoisin sauce to the bowl
  5. Add both your pressed garlic and grated ginger to the mixture
  6. Cut up 2 spring onion stalks into small pieces
  7. Add everything to your meatballs and mix briefly.
  8. Place your lid onto the Instant Pot, lock it, and set it to seal
  9. Set your pot on Manual or High-Pressure mode for 5 minutes
  10. Quick-release when the 5 minutes are done
  11. Make a quick slurry of 1.5 teaspoons of potato (or cornstarch) with 1-2 tablespoons of water and add to your Instant Pot on Sauté mode.
  12. Cook for a few minutes, stirring often until the desired thickness of the sauce. You can add a bit more slurry if you are really looking for a thicker glaze.

How To Serve Gochujang Meatballs

  • Serve with a side of Basmati rice topped with a sprinkle of roasted sesame seeds and chopped spring onion. Add a side of your preferred vegetables, like steamed broccoli for some greens.
  • Serve as an appetizer for your holiday potluck, easy to grab with some toothpicks
  • These meatballs were even delicious served over mashed potatoes, the sauce being the perfect gravy

Interested in other Korean recipes?

Give these Spicy Rice Cakes (Tteokbokki) a try; they are a popular Korean street food!

Let’s talk Salt

In this recipe, I am using Low Sodium Soy Sauce and regular Hoisin sauce, and IKEA Swedish frozen meatballs.

In recipes using store-bought sauces and cooked meat products, the difference in sodium content can really make or break a recipe.

Try to stick within these ranges for a similar flavor profile or adjust as needed.

My low-sodium soy sauce contains 540 mg/tablespoon; it’s a local store brand.

Similar options—-> The Great Value brand comes in at 570 mg/tablespoon, and the Kikkoman brand at 576 mg/tablespoon.

And my Hoisin sauce has 545 mg/tablespoon (by LEE KUM KEE), although the US bottles contain less at 420 mg/tablespoon

IKEA meatballs contain 2700 mg/30 meatballs   —> per (18 oz/500 g)

Refrigeration

Keep any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Korean Cooking

Interested in learning the basics of Korean cooking? Check out Maangchi’s YouTube channel; she is a wonderful resource for Korean cuisine,

Other Instant Pot Recipes To Try:

Plated Korean Meatballs with rice and kimchi

EASY KOREAN MEATBALLS (INSTANT POT)

Clara @ Blue World Dreams
These Korean inspired meatballs are easy to make and take minutes to cook in your Instant Pot. Serve as a delicious appetizer or as part of your main course.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine Korean
Servings 6 5 meatballs per serving

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 18 oz 500g Frozen swedish meatballs Or cooked meatballs of choice
  • 1 tbsp Korean chili paste (Gochujang)
  • 1/3 cup Light soya sauce
  • 2 tsp Hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 3 large Garlic cloves
  • 3/4 inch Grated ginger (fresh)
  • 1 cup Water
  • 3 stalks Spring onion (reserve one stalk for garnish)
  • 1.5 tsp Potato starch Cornstarch as alternative
  • 1 tbsp Toasted sesame seeds

Instructions
 

  • Add your frozen meatballs inside the Instant Pot insert
  • In a cereal size bowl, dissolve one tablespoon of Gochujang in 1 cup of hot water
  • Add your brown sugar to the mixture and mix to dissolve.
  • Add in your soy sauce and hoisin sauce to the bowl
  • Add both you pressed garlic and grated ginger to the mixture
  • Cut up 2 spring onion stalks into small pieces
  • Add everything onto your meatballs and mix briefly.
  • Place your lid onto the Instant Pot, lock, and set to seal
  • Set your pot on Manual or High-Pressure mode for 5 minutes
  • Quick-release when the 5 minutes are done
  • Make a quick slurry of 1.5 teaspoon of potato (or cornstarch) with 1-2 tablespoons of water and add to your Instant Pot on Sauté mode.
  • Cook for a few minutes, stirring often until the desired thickness of the sauce. You can add a bit more slurry if you are really looking for a thicker glaze.

Notes

HOW TO SERVE KOREAN INSPIRED MEATBALLS

  • Serve with a side of Basmati rice topped with a sprinkle of roasted sesame seeds and chopped spring onion. For some greens, add a side of your preferred vegetables like steamed broccoli.
  • Serve as an appetizer for your holiday potluck, easy to grab with some toothpicks
  • These meatballs were even delicious served over mash potatoes, the sauce being the perfect gravy

REFRIGERATION

Keep any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

SALT CONTENT

To ensure a similar flavor profile and not an overly salty meal, try and use sauces and meatballs with a similar sodium content to the following;
Soy sauce containing 540 mg/tablespoon
Hoisin Sauce containing 545 mg/tablespoon
Meatballs containing 2700mg/30 meatballs   —> per (18 oz/500g)

Substitution

Can’t find Gochujang? You can swap for Sriracha, it won’t be the exact same taste but it’s a fair substitute.
 
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Easy Korean Meatballs (Instant Pot)