Mouthwatering delicious, Sweet and Sour Meatballs are a quick and easy recipe made simple in the Instant Pot.  No need to wonder ‘What’s for Dinner?’ this recipe will whip up in minutes.



Ready In:

15 Minutes

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About this Sweet and Sour Recipe

Sweet and Sour Recipes have been popular across the world, however are typically part of Chinese recipes in many forms.

I personally love the sweet sauce with that hint of sour on a variety of meats and vegetables.  It’s just good!  Real good!

Instant Pot

This recipe for Sweet and Sour Meatballs couldn’t be any easier.  With a cook time of 5 minutes combined, this is a quick and easy dinner recipe made simple in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

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A Mom’s job is rarely done, and when evening time hits me I’m wiped out, and have often forget about thinking about dinner and what to make.  Sound familiar? 

I know I’m not alone.  This recipe will save you.  I promise.  You can pull this sweet and sour meatball recipe out in minutes with frozen meatballs too.

I personally love this Sweet and Sour Recipe served over rice.  I like the balance of the flavors the rice gives to help mellow out flavors and bring out others. 

My son, prefers to douse his rice in sauce, more like a soupy mess, and enjoy it all.  To each their own.  Make this easy Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe and you won’t go wrong because everyone will eat it right up.

This recipe calls for Pineapple.  Sweet and Sour Meatballs with Pineapple give a burst of flavor in each bite.  I love the warm pineapple with the sweet and sour sauce and veggies.  Yum.  

How can you make Sweet and Sour Meatballs?

Sweet and Sour Meatballs can be made a variety of ways, Personally the Instant Pot is the quickest and fastest.  This recipe can also be made in a Crock Pot as well as the Oven and will taste the same.  Choose what method is best for you and enjoy these Meatballs.

Can Sweet and Sour Meatballs be made in the Crock Pot?

Of course they can!  See the Recipe Card for directions, they are very similar, just the time is adjusted.

Can Sweet and Sour Meatballs be made in the Oven?

Again, Yes!  Of course!  Sweet and Sour Meatballs can easily be made in the Oven too.  Please see the Recipe Card for full directions and choose a method best for you.

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We love a good Chinese Take Out Recipe.  Honey Garlic Chicken is a quick and easy Chinese Take Out Recipe made easily in the Instant Pot.  Take a look, and give it a try.  It’s one of our favorites.

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Quick Tips

Want a thicker sauce?  It’s super easy.  Make a Cornstarch Slurry with 2 Tbs Cornstarch and 2 Tbs water and mix, then add to your recipe at the very end to thicken sauce.  Yum!

Yield: 6 Servings

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Sweet and Sour Meatballs served over rice in a homemade sauce with chunky bites of onions and bell peppers are a family favorite Instant Pot Recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 26 Frozen Meatballs (approximately 1 bag)
  • 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/3 Cup Ketchup
  • 1 1/2 Cup Pineapple Juice
  • 1 Cup Pineapple Tidbits or Chunks
  • 1 Sweet Onion
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper
  • 1 Bunch Green Onions * optional
  • 1 tsp Sesame Seeds * optional


  1. Pour Pineapple Juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, and ketchup into the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Stir mixture to combine.
  2. Pour 1 bag (approx. 26 meatballs) into Instant Pot.
  3. Set to Manual for 4 minutes. Quick Release Pressure
  4. Cut Onion and Bell Peppers into large chunks.
  5. Toss Onions, Bell Peppers and Pineapple into Instant Pot and give a quick stir.
  6. Set to Manual for "0" minutes. Quick Release Pressure
  7. (Optional) 2 Tbs Corn Starch with as little water as possible to make a slurry. Add to Instant Pot and stir to thicken sauce.
  8. Garnish with Green Onions and Sesame Seeds. Serve over Rice.


Sauce will be thin but to thicken sauce make a cornstarch slurry with 2 Tbs Cornstarch and as little water as possible to combine and add to fully cooked meatballs and vegetables. Sauce will thicken nicely.

Oven Directions:

Heat Oven to 400 Degrees.

In a bowl combine ingredients from step one and stir to combine. Place meatballs in an oven safe dish and onions and bell peppers and pineapple. Pour sauce over top and stir to coat. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from oven. Sauce may be thin. Add a cornstarch slurry if needed. 2Tb Cornstarch and 2 Tbs water. Add to sauce and stir to thicken.

CrockPot Directions

Add items from step one into crockpot and stir to combine. Add meatballs. Cook on low for 2-3 hours or on high for 1 hour. The last 15 minutes of cooking add onions, bell peppers, and pineapple. Stir to combine. * To thicken sauce add a cornstarch slurry at the end. 2 Tbs Cornstarch and 2 Tbs Water.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 367 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 53mg Sodium: 1252mg Carbohydrates: 39g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 29g Protein: 14g

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