Sweet and Sour Meatballs

My kids love meatballs (like mini rissoles) this sweet and sour meatball recipe was enough to feed our family of 5 for 2 nights, serve with mashed potato and steamed vegetables first night, then in bread rolls as an easy dinner the following night.

Roll the mince mixture into balls – to make… meatballs!


Add sliced vegetables on top of the meatballs, then pour over sauce.


Bake in oven then serve.  Not the best photo below, but it tasted delicious!



Sweet and Sour Meatballs

  • Author: Katrina
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: serves 10 1x


  • Meatballs
  • 2kg mince
  • 2 cups plain bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Sauce
  • 1 Green capsicum
  • 1 x425g can pineapple and juice
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1/3 cup worchestire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour to the sauce mixture


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Meatballs
  3. Mix ingredients together and form into balls.
  4. Arrange in a single layer in a lightly greased baking dish.
  5. Sauce
  6. Combine all ingredients and pour over meatballs.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through.
  8. Serve with vegetables.

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Grab some fresh breadrolls on the way home from school pick up or work, heat up the meatballs and have a delicious meatball sub.  We had our with just the meatballs, but you could add some lettuce, cheese etc to fill it up more. There was ample left overs to feed our family of 5 again.


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Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 11, 2015 - 8:18 AM

These look so delicious Kat! I love the idea of adding the vegetables on top too 😀

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 11, 2015 - 8:51 AM

It works perfectly, Lorraine and so super easy to make.:)

fran March 11, 2015 - 4:26 PM

Hi! I make this recipe for dinner today! It’s very simple, perfect! Greetings from Spain!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 12, 2015 - 8:32 AM

Hw wonderful Fran.:) So glad you enjoyed it x

Lucy @ Bake Play Smile March 12, 2015 - 6:11 AM

Meatballs are a big favourite in our house too Kat! I have never made a sweet and sour version though – what a fab idea! I’m going to have to make this recipe next time!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 12, 2015 - 8:31 AM

There are delicious,Lucy.:) And so easy to make, just a nice variation.:)

Kaz @ Melting Moments March 12, 2015 - 12:25 PM

Thank you Kat. This is going in my meal planner!! Yum!

Tracey March 12, 2015 - 2:40 PM

I also love the idea of the vegetables over the meatballs, so simple and trying this for the first time as meatballs are a quick and easy meal for my 3 kids (11, 8 and 4)… I have been going through your meal planning/recipes and I can proudly say I have 2 weeks orgainsed as I wrote down all the meat I have in my freezer and just worked around what my kids likes 🙂

Tracey March 13, 2015 - 5:59 PM

Just letting you know Katrina, my Kids loved it and so did my partner! A winner in this house and looks like it will be a favourite too. I also added both red and green capsicum for colour 🙂

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 16, 2015 - 9:14 AM

Fantastic! It is such a easy and delicious meal, perfect mid week dinner.:)

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 16, 2015 - 9:34 AM

That is wonderful, Tracey! I am so happy to har you have meal planned for the next two weeks! YAY i’m excited to hear that!.:) x

Julia K March 12, 2015 - 9:52 PM

Lovely recipe Katrina ! I made these tonight and just added some red capsicum for colour. I used a mixture of Pork and Veal Mince to carry on the Asian theme of the recipe. As DH is working away from home – I used 1kg of mince and made two batches – we had one tonight and the other is in the freezer.
I particularly loved this recipe because I could assemble it earlier in the day. When I got home from soccer training with my two youngest kiddos – I cooked up some rice and pre-heated the oven. Then I popped the meatball dish in the oven as I left to collect my eldest DD from dance practice. When we arrived home – dinner was practically on the table !
Did you make this recipe up ? It’s a winner in my book – well done !!!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 16, 2015 - 9:32 AM

That is wonderful, Julia! It is a real winner in my house too.:) I love the idea of adding red capsicum, i too love to have a bit of colour in my meals, i think it looks nice on the plate.:)

Sherelle Lock March 14, 2015 - 12:35 PM

Can this be frozen?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 16, 2015 - 8:55 AM

Absolutely, Sherelle.:)

Kylie March 16, 2015 - 7:52 AM

Great idea! I do something similar but put it in the slow cooker instead. YUM! We get 2 meals out of it too.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 16, 2015 - 8:36 AM

Great idea in making them in the slow cooker! I love how it makes a lot, perfect for leftovers or to freeze and have another night!

Jenny March 23, 2015 - 10:49 AM

I love all of your easy recipes. Could I add a suggestion? I see you have a print button to print the recipe but what if you want to save the recipe in a folder for later? Could you possibly add a button to make it easier to save the recipe for later use.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 26, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Hi Jenny, That is a fantastic idea! I don’t have a save button but it is something i could look into. The other alternative is you can save recipes in Evernotes.

Ange January 29, 2019 - 5:11 PM

Hi Jenny
Alternative options also…you can save to Pinterest by clicking on the red Pinterest icon. You could also create a bookmark folder and add the page to that folder. Best wishes ?

Skye February 11, 2016 - 7:26 AM

I love this recipe, I have looked it up so many times I really should print it out and put it in our favourites folder!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2016 - 2:24 PM

LOL, yes print it, I have that option on all my recipes, so pleased it’s one of your family favourites, music to my ears 🙂

Skye February 11, 2016 - 7:26 AM

I love this recipe, I have looked it up so many times I really should print it out and put it in our favourites folder!

Sylvie, France November 17, 2020 - 6:48 PM

You can easily cook them in a COOKEO for a quick meal. I mixed all the sauce ingredients in a large bowl, fried the meatballs and poured the sauce over the meat. Then cook for about 30 minutes. It’s ready.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 18, 2020 - 9:18 AM

That’s a great suggestion! Thanks Sylvie

Julia Waddingham May 21, 2022 - 8:26 PM

OMG I just made this tonight for Saturday night dinner ?!!! Made the meatballs and vegetable sauce in the afternoon and popped in the oven a few hours later-absolutely delicious


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