Meatstars or Meatballs with Asian Flavor


Today I prepared with great success these meatballs. The basic recipe is one of my standard, but the big change was the shape and the addition of the orange sauce. A real perfect combination!

You can serve this with rice or you can prepare mini stars and serve this as starter.

You need

For the meatstars/meatballs:

  • 500 g ground meat (I used beef)
  • 4 tablespoons fried onions, ready to use
  • 2 tablespoons  fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon coriander ground
  • 3 tablespoons bread ( crumbs)
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons soya sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon roasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh coriander chopped, optional
  • 1/2   teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teapsoon salt, taste
  • 1/3 cup wine, white or 1/3 cup milk

For the sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetal oil
  • 1 very big sweet onion, sliced
  • 2 orange zest, only orange part and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoon soya sauce, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • Chili flakes to taste


  1. Combine well all the ingredients for the meatballs in a bowl.
  2. With wet hands take a meat portion of the size of about one egg and form a ball.
  3. I you like to make the stars, take a star shaped cookies cutter of about 2 inches diameter and press the meat-mix inside, taking care to fill the corners. Remove with caution and place on a parchment paper on a baking sheet. Repeat.
  4. For the sauce slice the onion, peel the orange with the vegetable peeler and press the juice.
  5. On maximum heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the onions for 2-3 minutes until borders begin to turn brown
  6. Preheat the oven to 500°F /250°C.
  7. Add orange zest and flour, reduce the heat to minimum heat.
  8. Add water, juice, soya sauce and chili flakes.
  9. Let simmer.
  10. In the meantime place the meatballs in the oven. They will take about 10-15 minutes.
  11.  Just before the meatballs are ready (the borders begin to turn brown) adjust sauce adding more soya sauce, add sherry and more water or orange juice if necessary.
  12. Serve meatballs with sauce, top with some pepper flakes if you like and garnish with salads.

11 thoughts on “Meatstars or Meatballs with Asian Flavor

  1. These were so good! I didn’t make stars but meat balls, and we loved the flavourful sauce so much. Thanks for sharing, and also thanks for the great idea of those stars, I’ll definitely try that when I have the time to make it, they look so pretty.

  2. These were wonderful, and so easy!!! you would think they are going to take a while to prepare, but not at all, and I very much liked the concept of baking in the oven, they are very trouble-free. The sauce is delicious, and again, so easy. I served these as a meal with spaghetti, we loved them! I would have used chinese noodles but didnt have any. I did try the star concept but mine werent too successful – think I dont have enough patience : so, I stuck to meatballs 🙂 Thank you, loved this recipe : incidentally I would imagine that they would freeze well too, prior to cooking, so a great make-ahead recipe also!!!

    • Thanks a lot Karen for all your inputs and suggestions.
      Yes, I think they would be great for freezing as a make-ahead recipe, but in this case I would freeze the meatballs and sauce separetely.
      Baking in the oven makes is time saving for me because in the meantime I can prepare other dishes and I dont have to turn the meatballs.
      I’m really glad you loved it, thanks a lot for your review!

  3. Delicious!!! I used ground turkey and just did the meatballs, not the stars. Easy to do and loved that they are baked, not fried. The sauce would be good on fish or chicken also.

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