Korean style bbq meatballs with rice

A quick and easy crowd-pleaser that’s a flavour explosion


Photo: Inbal Bar-Oz

If you are not a fan of chilli, or want this to be child friendly, substitute the gochujang for tomato ketchup. If you cannot find kosher gochjang you can use Sriracha with a tablespoon of honey to add the sweetness that will be missing.

Serves: 4

Prep: 15 mins + chilling time

Cook: 25 – 40 mins


500g beef mince

2 tsp gochujang OR 2 tsp sriracha + 1 tsp honey

½ -1 tsp pepper

1 tbsp soy sauce

½ -1 tsp ground ginger

60g dried breadcrumbs

3-4 cloves garlic, finely grated

1 onion, finely grated


2 tsp oil

3 cloves garlic finely grated

50ml rice wine vinegar

150ml beef stock or water

60g brown sugar

60ml soy sauce

1 tbsp gochujang or 1 tbsp sriracha and 2 tsp honey

1 tsp sesame oil

2 tsp cornflour

Sesame seeds and spring onion for garnish


  • Pre-heat oven to 180°c and place a heavy baking sheet on the middle shelf.
  • Mix the meatball ingredients together until well combined and form into walnut sized meatballs. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Carefully remove the hot baking sheet from the oven and add the meatballs, replace the tray in the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes until well browned and cooked through.
  • Meanwhile make the sauce. Heat the oil in a heavy based saucepan over a medium heat and then add the garlic — stirring until fragrant. After about 30 seconds add the rice wine vinegar and soy sauce. Next add the stock or water, sugar and gochujang/sriracha and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, add the sesame oil and allow the sauce to reduce by one third.
  • Slake the cornflour with a little water then whisk into the sauce until well blended. Allow the sauce to reduce by half.
  • Add the meatballs to the pan and turn to coat in the sauce. Allow them to heat through and the sauce to soak in for about 5-8 minutes.
  • Tip onto a serving dish along with the sauce and garnish with sesame seeds and finely chopped spring onions.

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