Gochujang Meatballs Recipe | Daily Cooking Quest

Meatballs, who doesn’t love them? Especially if they are super juicy, packed with flavor, seared to get that crunchy outside but juicy inside, and then the whole thing is dunk in sweet and spicy gochujang cranberry sauce.

These meatballs are out of this world folks, the ultimate comfort food, and also the best thing to serve as a party appetizer. Be prepared to double or triple the batch and watch them disappear into thin air, or more precisely, your guests’ tummies.

Left: ingredients for the meatballs; Right: portioning meatballs with ice cream scoop.

Use leftover cranberry sauce to make the gochujang glaze

The glaze in the recipe that I based this on was made with apricot jam, but I don’t have it at home. Instead, I have a couple of jars of cranberry sauce/preserve that I made for Christmas and they are still sitting in my fridge, so I use that instead, and it turned out to be surprisingly delicious. And since I use cranberry instead of apricot, the glazing has the color of dark maroon, a rather sexy shade I think 🙂

For this lovely gochujang cranberries glaze, you will need:

  • cranberry sauce, if you have some leftover from Thanksgiving or Christmas, that will be perfect for this
  • gochujang
  • rice vinegar
  • soy sauce, preferably low sodium so it is not overly salty

This lovely glazing sauce is very easy to prepare, simply combine all the glaze ingredients in a small saucepot, and cook on a medium heat while stirring until it thickens. Set the sauce aside while we prepare the meatballs.

Gochujang Meatballs

Gochujang Meatballs

Use an ice cream scoop to portion the meatballs

I use an ice cream scoop to portion the meatballs. If you don’t have one, I would say each portion is about the size of a golf ball.

But seriously you can shape the meatballs as tiny or as huge as you like, just make sure to adjust cooking time, which for beef, this means the internal temperature should reach about 70 Celsius (160 Fahrenheit) once cooked. An instant thermometer is useful for this.

Once they are cooked, brush the meatballs with the glazing sauce, and you can further garnish them with toasted sesame seeds and thinly sliced scallions. If you are serving them for a party, it looks nice and is super convenient to stick a toothpick to each meatball.

Gochujang Meatballs

Gochujang Meatballs

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