Instant Pot Asian Meatballs

Instant Pot Asian Meatballs are the perfect easy appetizer; done in under 20 minutes! The sweet and slightly spicy sauce will have you hooked year round!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword asian meatballs
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 14 -4 meatball servings


For meatballs:

  • 28 ounce bag Frozen small/mini meatballs
  • 2/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp sriracha
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger, minced
  • 3 TBS brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

For slurry:

  • 1 TBS cornstarch
  • 2 TBS water

For garnish:

  • 3 TBS chopped peanuts
  • 3 stalks green onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds


  1. In a small bowl combine soy sauce, garlic, sriracha, ginger, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup water.

  2. Add meatballs to a 6 qt pressure cooker pot. Pour sauce over the top and gently stir to coat. Close the lid and seal the pressure valve. Set time to manual/high for 5 minutes.

  3. When time is up, quick release pressure flip the valve), then remove the lid. Gently stir the meatballs and turn the pot function to SAUTE. 

  4. In a small cup/bowl, add cornstarch and water, stir to combine. Once the sauce is boiling in the pot- shouldn't take long- add the cornstarch slurry to the pot. Stir to distribute and allow to boil for 30 seconds to 1 minutes. The sauce should thicken quickly. Stir to coat, turn off pot.

  5. Place in serving bowl and sprinkle peanuts, green onions, and sesame seeds over the top.