Asian Meatballs with Rice Noodles

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"Created for a recipe contest. I knew what fresh Asian flavors I liked together so that is what inspired the meatballs. I was impressed with how flavorful they turned out! They did end up a little hot, so feel free to cut down on the peppers. I loved the rice noodles so much that they became a regular quick meal in my home. I do think the sesame oil is a very important flavor enhancer for the noodles. You could bake the meatballs if you like. Feel free to add more veggies to the noodles, I think bok choy would be a great addition. Some people tried this with ground turkey. And some people added chinese five spice powder but I prefer the clean fresh flavors without the extra spices."

Original recipe yields 5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (364.9 g)
  • Calories 543.4
  • Total Fat - 21.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 7.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 153 mg
  • Sodium - 1107 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 49.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.1 g
  • Sugars - 4.1 g
  • Protein - 34.9 g
  • Calcium - 63.3 mg
  • Iron - 4.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Combine meatball ingredients in a large bowl, mix well. Form 1-1 1/2" meatballs.

Step 2

Place meatballs in a large 12" skillet in a single layer. Cook over medium high heat until browned all over and cooked through, about 15-20 minutes. Remove meatballs and set aside. Drain grease. *You could also bake the meatballs on a baking sheet in the oven.

Step 3

Rinse rice noodles in cold water until they go slightly soft. Set aside.

Step 4

Cut green onions into 1 inch strips. Peel carrots and then use your peeler to peel down the rest of the carrots to make long thin strips. Chop Cilantro.

Step 5

Heat sesame oil in the meatball skillet over medium high heat. Add vegetables and stir-fry for about 3 minutes until the carrots go limp.

Step 6

Add beef broth and rice noodles, bring to a boil. Cook for about 5 minutes stirring the noodles until the broth is all absorbed and the noodles are soft.

Step 7

Push the noodles to the center of the pan and place the meatballs around the edges. Heat for another 3 minutes until the meatballs are hot.

Step 8

Serve with soy sauce, chili oil and fresh lime wedges if desired.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



These meatballs are delicious!!! I did not make the rice noodles to go woth this as I wanted to serve these as an appetizer for a girls' get together. They were gone in no time.

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(11 Dec 2012)


I made the meatballs with ground chicken and baked them, and made everything else as stated. This was a fun meal to put together! I used Sriracha for the chili oil, lime, cilantro and wee drizzle of soy. Such wonderful flavours together. We loved this!! Will definately be making this again! We had some leftover meatballs and made a couple of sandwiches and dressed them with red onion marmalade. They were really gooda. Thanks for sharing. Made for Billboard Recipe Tag.

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(20 Sep 2012)

Derf "RIP" Forever in our Kitchen

wow fantastic meatballs !! the best meatballs i have made for a while, we really enjoyed them and i will make the meatballs again, but we didn't enjoy the noodles, sorry, followed it exactly, they just didn't have any flavour at all except a vague beef broth flavour, could be cus we didn't use the lime for serving or the chili oil, which i didn't have.  Or it could be that i cooked the meatballs in the oven, and of course didn[t have the bits in the frypan for the noodles.   I think i'll stick to the regular type of pasta noodles, but thanks for the great meatball recipe!!!

(18 Jul 2012)


We loved these Asian meatballs! Your recipe has all the ingredients we enjoy so of course it made for a big hit at our house - will definitely be keeping rice noodles in my pantry. I baked the meatballs in the oven as I generally do. Works well for me! A request for a repeat has already been made - yes these meatballs are that good.

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(10 Mar 2012)


Wow, this was really good! I loved all the flavors, especially the red pepper flakes. Gave it just a little kick to wake up the taste buds. It was pretty easy to prepare following the recipe, and I will definitely be making this again when my son is around. He will love this one! I really enjoyed the leftovers for lunch today. Thanks for sharing T! Linda

(23 Feb 2012)