Thermomix Sweet and Sour Pork Meatballs

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Sweet and Sour Pork is a dish that everyone loves. Now you can make a healthier version of this family favourite in the Thermomix. The recipe includes loads of vegetables so there is no need to make a vegetable side dish.

Sweet and sour pork meatballs on a black bowl white background with rice

Whenever I travel internationally I like to enroll in local cooking classes.  During our last Thai holiday, I was pleased to find a class that was teaching a sweet and sour cooking class. My kids almost lived off sweet and sour alone whilst we were on holiday so I knew I wanted to perfect the recipe for them.

As with all Thai dishes, this recipe has a lovely balance of flavours and it’s such a simple dish to make when you know how. I have converted the recipe from conventional cooking to the Thermomix as I find it so much easier to steam the meatballs than to stand over a wok frying them in batches. It also means you don’t have to worry about the meatballs falling apart whilst you cook them!

The list of ingredients is a little long but the sauces are common to most Thai cooking and are staples that you may even already have in your pantry

Sweet & Sour Pork Tips

Baked Meatballs

To free up your Thermomix quicker you can bake the meatballs in the oven. Simply start by pre-heating the oven to 180 degrees Celcius and baking for 15-20 minutes. Reserve in a Thermoserver.

Watchpoints:

  • Ensure that the meatballs are an even size so they all cook through at the same time.
  • Space the meatballs on the Varoma allowing for the steam to easily circulate. (Use both trays)
  • Use a trivet on the bottom varoma tray to ensure the steam holes are not covered by the meatballs

The chef hosting my Thai cooking class gave us some helpful tips which apply to most Thai dishes:

  • Always prepare all the ingredients prior to cooking.
  • Taste the dish when the sauces have been added. Adjust the ingredients and sauces as you cook to get the correct balance between sweet & sour,  spicy or salty.

Step By Step Sweet & Sour

The images below show the process steps involved in making sweet and sour pork meatballs. If you’re unsure about how to cut the vegetables take a look at the images.

3 images showing the steps to making pork meatballs

3 images showing the ingredients in sweet and sour sauce

2 images that show the vegetables in stir fry

Overhead shot of pork meatballs in a sweet and sour sauce

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Sweet and sour pork meatballs on a black bowl white background with rice

Sweet and Sour Pork Meatballs

Julie Carlyle
Sweet & Sour Pork Meatballs a family favourite -Now you can make a healthier version of this family favourite in the Thermomix. The recipe includes loads of vegetables so you won’t have to make a side dish.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main, Main Course
Cuisine Chinese, Thai
Servings 5 serves
Calories 488 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 
 

  • 5 g ginger fresh
  • 10 g garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp lemongrass paste
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese 5 spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 500 g pork mince
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs

Sweet & Sour Vegetables

  • 10 g garlic
  • 5 g ginger fresh
  • 1 Tbs oil
  • 130 g onion cut in quarters
  • 1 red chili long and deseeded and cut in quarters
  • 65 g tomato fresh and diced
  • 80 g carrot sliced
  • 80 g green capsicum diced
  • 80 g red capsicum diced
  • 110 g pineapple canned and diced
  • 130 g snow peas top and tail then cut in 2-3 pieces per image
  • 20 g green shallots sliced
  • 3 kaffir leaves shredded
  • 1 Tbs coriander fresh and chopped

Sweet & Sour Sauce

  • 55 g brown sugar
  • 65 g tomato sauce
  • 65 g rice wine vinegar
  • 70 g oyster sauce
  • 35 g soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs cornflour
  • 3 Tbs pineapple juice from the can

Instructions
 

Pork Meatballs

  • Place the ginger and garlic in TM bowl. Chop 3 sec/Speed 7. Scrape down the bowl. Repeat.
  • Add egg, soy sauce, brown sugar, Chinese 5 spice, white pepper, lemongrass and salt to the TM bowl. Combine 10 sec/Speed 4.
  • Add pork and breadcrumbs to TM bowl. Dough Mode 30 seconds.
  • Roll 16 meatballs of approximately 55g and arrange them on the Varoma trays. 
  • Rinse the TM bowl and add 1 litre of warm tap water. Place the lid on and stack the varoma trays and lid onto the Thermomix. Steam 20min/Varoma?Speed 2.5.
  • Meanwhile prep the vegetables. Once the meatballs have been cooked transfer them to the ThermoServer and reserve for later. 

Sweet & Sour Vegetables

  • Without cleaning the TM bowl add the ginger, chili and garlic to TM bowl. Chop 3 sec/Speed 9. Scrape down the bowl.
  • Add oil and diced onion to the garlic mixture. Saute 5 min/Varoma/Speed 2 (Reverse Blade) (MC OUT).
  • Add tomato pieces, carrot, red and green capsicum and pineapple to TM bowl. Cook 4min/Varoma/ Speed 1 (Reverse Blade) (MC OUT).
  • In a small bowl make a paste from the cornflour and reserved pineapple juice. Reserve.
  • Add brown sugar, tomato sauce, rice wine vinegar, oyster sauce, soy sauce, snow peas, shallot, kaffir lime, coriander and reserved cornflour mixture to the TM bowl. Cook 4min/100 degrees/Speed 1 (Reverse Blade) (MC OUT).
  • Pour the sweet and sour sauce over the cooked meatballs.

Notes

Sweet and Sour Pork Meatballs are delicious served with rice.
Watchpoints:
  • Ensure that the meatballs are an even size so they all cook through at the same time.
  • Space the meatballs on the varoma allowing for the steam to easily circulate. (Use both trays) 
  • Use a Trivet for the best steam circulation
OVEN BAKED
If you would like to oven-bake the meatballs you can cook them using this method. 
Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius. Bake for 15- 20 minutes depending on the size of the meatball. 

Nutrition

Calories: 488kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 23gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 1445mgPotassium: 749mgFiber: 3gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 3885IUVitamin C: 83.6mgCalcium: 95mgIron: 3.3mg
Keyword kid friendly, Meatballs, Thermomix
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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I hope you have enjoyed this recipe. If you have made this dish I would love for you to come back and comment.

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Thank you for stopping by,

Happy Cooking

j

xx

7 thoughts on “Thermomix Sweet and Sour Pork Meatballs”

  1. Julie says:

    I’m so glad I saw your live with this recipe. It has so much flavour and so yummy. It’s definitely a recipe we’ll make again. My whole family loved it.
    It’s a must try recipe for anyone reading reviews.

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Julie
      I’m so pleased you enjoyed the Facebook Live and the recipe. It’s a favourite of ours too.
      Happy Cooking
      J

  2. Vicky Stewart says:

    5 stars
    This recipe may have lots of ingredients ~~ but most are staples and it comes together quickly and it’s so tasty Vx 🇬🇧

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Vicky
      I’m so pleased you liked the recipe. Yes you are so right, lots of ingredients… but most will already be in your pantry.
      Happy Cooking
      J

  3. Cate says:

    I made this with store-bought meatballs. The sauce is fantastic! Can you please clarify if the onion goes in the meatballs or in with the veggies?

  4. Alexis Briffa says:

    5 stars
    This is a family fave. Made it in both my Smith and Nobel and my thermomix successfully. So yummy.

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Alexis
      That’s great information! Did you make a double batch?!? Yum!
      Thanks so much for commenting
      J xx

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