Crockpot Honey Teriyaki Meatballs

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These easy Crockpot Honey Teriyaki Meatballs have the perfect combination of savory and sweet! A simple party appetizer idea everyone is going to love. The best part? You get to eat the meatballs with a toothpick.

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I love an easy and delicious party appetizer, and these slow cooker honey teriyaki meatballs are JUST that. They’re sweet and sticky, savory and rich, and perfectly bite-sized. The sauce is unreal and it comes together so quickly before throwing it in your slow cooker over top of some pre-made frozen meatballs.

It’s one of my favorite things to bring to parties or make when we’re having a big group of family and friends over. There’s about 15 minutes of hands-on cooking and prepping time, plus 3-or-so hours in the slow cooker, and you have a great party dish that practically makes itself.

sweet savory meatballs topped with sesame seeds and green onions in white ramekin.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • I love using the slow cooker for party prep because it means I can have something else cooking in the oven, too.
  • They are the perfect choice for parties and gatherings because they are easy to serve and can be made in large batches.
  • The sweet flavor of honey teriyaki often appeals to kids, so it’s a great dish for the whole family.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Cornstarch
  • Sugar – granulated
  • Honey
  • Soy sauce
  • Garlic powder
  • Sesame oil – toasted
  • Meatballs – store-bought or homemade

See the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and quantities.

How to Make Crockpot Honey Teriyaki Meatballs

  1. Whisk the water and cornstarch together.
  2. Add the rest of ingredients and boil.
  3. Place the meatballs in the slow cooker, and pour the sauce over the top.
  4. Cook according to package directions and serve!

Recipe FAQs

Should I brown meatballs before putting them in the crockpot?

When using pre-made frozen meatballs, you can go ahead and just throw them into the crockpot frozen! They stay together because they’ve already been cooked.

How long does it take meatballs to cook in sauce?

These meatballs are pre-cooked, so it’s really more of a thawing and coating with sauce for this recipe. It takes about 3 hours in the slow cooker before they’re ready.

How long do you heat meatballs in a crockpot?

When using half a bag of frozen meatballs in this recipe, it takes about 3 to 3 1/2 hours of cook time on high in the slow cooker to get them nice and hot.

honey teriyaki sauce being poured over meatballs in a black crockpot.

Expert Tips

  • If you’re making homemade meatballs, make sure you use a binder to keep them together, like eggs and bread crumbs.
  • Browning them on the stovetop or in the oven before throwing them in the slow cooker is another tip for keeping them from falling apart.
  • Honey teriyaki meatballs can be served in many ways. They make a great appetizer or can be paired with rice or noodles for a main course.
three white ramekins full of sweet savory meatballs topped with sesame seeds and green onions.

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top view of slow cooker with teriyaki meatballs in it and a wooden spoon
5 from 4 votes

Crockpot Honey Teriyaki Meatballs

These easy Crockpot Honey Teriyaki Meatballs have the perfect combination of savory and sweet! A simple party appetizer idea everyone is going to love. The best part? You get to eat the meatballs with a toothpick.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 3 hours
Total: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 3 pounds frozen meatballs, store bought or homemade
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Instructions 

  • In a medium saucepan, add the water and the cornstarch, and whisk to combine. Add the sugar, honey, soy sauce, garlic powder, and sesame oil to pan, and stir to combine.
  • Heat the pan over medium-high heat, stirring often, until the mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes until the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat.
  • Place the meatballs in the slow cooker, and pour the sauce over the top. Cook according to package directions (3 to 3 1/2 hours on high for half a bag).
  • Stir gently half way through cooking and once again before serving.
  • When you are ready to serve, you can dish the meatballs onto a serving dish, ladle some of the sauce from the bottom of the slow cooker over the top, and sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped green onion. Or you can just serve them right out of the slow cooker as they are. The slow cooker is a great party option because it will keep them warm for good long time.

Notes

  • Honey teriyaki meatballs can be served in various ways. They make a great appetizer, can be paired with rice or noodles for a main course, or served with vegetables for a balanced meal.
  • The combination of honey and teriyaki sauce creates a perfect balance of sweet and savory, making each bite incredibly satisfying.
  • They are an excellent choice for parties or any kind of gathering because they are easy to serve and can be made in large batches.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently to avoid drying out the meatballs.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 of 8 servings, Calories: 553kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 37g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 122mg, Sodium: 906mg, Potassium: 529mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 21g, Vitamin A: 12IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 28mg, Iron: 2mg
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11 Comments

  1. Susan says:

    5 stars
    This was really good! I cut the sugar in half and used brown sugar instead because it was what I had. I also added a half tablespoon rice vinegar and some powdered ginger to balance the sweetness. The kids loved it!! I used frozen chicken meatballs from ikea. Cooked stovetop. Will keep this recipe!! Thank you!

    1. Melissa says:

      Those meatballs sounds awesome! I’ll have to check them out, I have no idea Ikea sold meatballs!

  2. Lita Watson says:

    Your dish looks so delicious! What should i use to replace the roasted sesame oil when i run out of it?

    1. Melissa says:

      It’s a great addition but if you don’t have any I would omit it all together (doesn’t really have a replacement and you won’t need additional oil), so if you are out just skip it!

  3. divya sharma says:

    You make me speechless with the deliciousness you bring to my party every time! This look fantastically delicious! I can’t wait to see what you share in your next blog.

  4. Lisa Smith says:

    Recipe Success! My google search for teriaki meatballs brought me here and I couldn’t be happier. I threw this together for dinner tonight (served over rice — I also tossed in some red bell pepper and onion strips to round it out). We will definitely make this again. Thanks!

  5. Malia says:

    This looks so so so good!

  6. Lauren (@lololovesscents) says:

    My husband and I are going to try these tonight! I saw your recipe on Foodgawker and I can’t wait to taste them! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Melissa says:

      Yay! Make a double batch of that sauce and save it for stirfry later in the week (or half the amount of meatballs and save half the sauce… 3 pounds of meatballs is a lot!)

  7. Laci says:

    I love these types of slow cooker meatballs. They are great for parties, and unexpected guests.

  8. Lorri says:

    Those look delicious!