This is a lighter take on traditional tomato sauce based meatballs – we use ready-made meatballs, however you can use any ready-made ones or alternatively the cooks notes includes how to make your own.

Asian meatballs with sesame bok choy & rice

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 4


  • 500 g Pre prepared Meatballs – we use Al Browns


  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Hot water
  • 2 tsp Crushed garlic – or 3 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp Crushed ginger
  • 1 tbsp Runny honey
  • 2 tbsp Rice wine vinegar

Remaining Ingredients

  • Sesame OIl
  • Cooking Oil
  • 1 Packet of Bok Choy (4-6 heads)
  • 2 Pouches quick cook long grain rice


  • Mix the marinade ingredients together and toss the meatballs around in it to coat thoroughly/ Set aside for 5 mins to infuse.
  • In a large skillet/fry pan, heat a small amount (1-2 teaspoons) of sesame oil, and an equal amount of cooking oil. Add the meatballs, reserving the liquid marinade, and brown the outside of them – about 3-4 mins. Once browned, add the remaining marinade liquid and put the lid on the pan – turn the heat down and cook another 5-7 mins until the meatballs are cooked through.
  • Lightly cook the bok choy by either steaming it, or adding to another pan with enough water to cover the base, and with the lid on cook for 3-4 mins. Once cooked drain and toss through 1 teaspoon of sesame oil.
  • Cook the rice according to packet – approx. 90 seconds in the microwave
  • Serve the meatballs on the rice, drizzled with some of the sticky sauce and with the sesame bok choy on the side.

Cooks Notes:

You can use pork, beef or chicken meatballs in this recipe, and swap the bok choy for any other crisp cooked green you prefer – beans, broccoli, silver beet etc.  You could also have this dish with a pre bagged slaw instead of the bok choy.

To make your own meatballs, combine a 500gr packet of beef, pork or chicken mince with 1 teaspoon of crushed ginger, 1 teaspoon of crushed garlic, 1 finely sliced spring onion and 1 egg. Form into small meatballs and cook as per recipe above.

You can also make meatballs from your favourite sausages – squeeze them out of their cases and form into meatballs.

Carrot is a great addition to the bok choy – use a potato peeler to create ribbons and cook alongside the bok choy.