Turkey Meatballs in Orange Sauce

These Turkey Meatballs in Orange Sauce offer a fresh, tangy twist on regular meatballs by smothering them in a sweet yet zesty orange sauce. Bursting with flavor, the bright citrus kicks these meatballs up a notch while the tender ground turkey keeps them moist and delicious. Turkey Meatballs in Orange Sauce make for a dynamic main dish or fun NFL appetizer that provides a lighter yet totally scrumptious meatball experience. With just a few simple ingredients, you can whip up this easy recipe that perfectly balances savory and sweet in one awesome bite!

My favorite method to cook meatballs is to air fry but there are other options.

  1. Air fry: 400 degree Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.
  2. Oven bake: 400 degree Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.
  3. Skillet: Shallow fry the meat balls with about 3-4 tablespoon of vegetable oils using medium heat about 3-4 minutes on each side.

Note: This recipe yields 18 – 20 jumbo meatballs or 40 regular size meatballs.

Once you have good meatballs, the possibilities are endless.

In this recipe, we are making easy orange glaze that I normally use in my orange chicken and orange wings. By following this recipe, you’ll end up with Orange Turkey Meatballs or the turkey meatballs in orange sauce. However, the plain turkey meatballs are great with steamed rice, cauliflower rice, spaghetti, and eat it as is as an appetizer. If you like my take on these turkey meatballs with orange sauce, please kindly rate, comment, and share recipes with your friends and families to spread the love.

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turkey meatballs in orange sauce

Turkey Meatballs in Orange Sauce

Mary Thatcher
These Turkey Meatballs in Orange Sauce offer a fresh, tangy twist on regular meatballs by smothering them in a sweet yet zesty orange sauce. Bursting with flavor, the bright citrus kicks these meatballs up a notch while the tender ground turkey keeps them moist and delicious. Turkey Meatballs in Orange Sauce make for a dynamic main dish or fun NFL appetizer that provides a lighter yet totally scrumptious meatball experience.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, asian
Servings 4

Equipment

  • 1 air fryer or oven or skillet
  • 1 skillet
  • 1 mixing bowl

Ingredients
  

For the Turkey Meatballs
  • 2 lbs ground turkey 85% lean
  • 1 cup almond meal or or bread crumbs
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary or 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 pinch chili flakes
For the Orange Sauce
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup white vinegar
  • cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1-2 oranges Use zest and juice of 1-2 oranges. I used 2 oranges as I wanted a lighter color.
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch plus 1 tbsp water
  • 4 cloves cloves garlic chopped or grated
  • 1 knob ginger or about 2 tsp grated ginger or finely chopped
  • 1-2 Red Thai or fresno chilies finely minced

Instructions
 

Make the Turkey Meatballs
  • In a mixing bowl, combine ground turkey and the ingredients for the meatballs mentioned above. Use egg, cornstarch, and almond flour as biding agents or use the bread crumbs instead of the almond flour. Knead the turkey to combine with the spices very well.
  • Optionally, line the air fryer basket with parchment paper. Spray with the vegetable oil.
  • jumbo turkey meatballs
    Spray the ice-cream or meatball scooper as well as your hands. Scoop or shape the turkey meatballs with your hands and drop the turkey meatballs on to the air fryer basket. Spray more oil on the top of the meatballs.
  • air fry turkey meatballs
    Air fry the meatballs at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or shallow fry in the skillet 3-4 minutes on each side.
Meanwhile, make the orange sauce.
  • Use medium heat. In a skillet, combine water, vinegar, soy sauce, orange juice, orange zest, sugar, minced garlic, chili, and ginger together. Bring it to boil.
  • In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water together. Stir very well the pour this slurry into the sauce in the skillet. Whisk vigorously right away to make sure that no cornstarch sticks to the bottom of the skillet.
  • Keep whisking and simmering until the sauce is thicken. (Meaning some of the sauce sticks to the back of the spoon.) If the sauce is ready before the turkey meatballs, lower the heat and keep stirring.
  • Add the turkey meatballs to the sauce to glaze.
  • Turkey Meatballs in Orange Sauce
    Optionally, sprinkle sesame seeds and green onion for garnish. Enjoy!
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