Teriyaki meatballs made in the slow cooker, served over rice.
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Teriyaki Meatballs

Teriyaki meatballs are a flavor-packed crockpot meatball recipe that the whole family will love. Homemade or frozen meatballs, this is one easy dinner!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword frozen meatballs, meatballs and rice, teriyaki meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 217kcal
Author Alli



  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce low sodium
  • 2/3 cup water see note
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes or your preference
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
  • 3 tablespoons pineapple juice from can of crushed pineapple
  • 16 meatballs see note
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds optional
  • 2 scalions chopped, optional


  • In a slow cooker or crockpot, combine brown sugar, soy sauce, water, vinegar, sesame oil, salt, red pepper, cornstarch, garlic, pineapple, pineapple juice, and sesame seeds. 
  • Whisk together until well combined. 
  • Place meatballs in sauce, gently stirring to coat in sauce. 
  • Cook on low for 4 hours up to 6 hours or high for 2 hours up to 4 hours, (see note). 
  • Serve over rice with chopped scallions. 


If you are going to be cooking the teriyaki meatballs for the longer cooking time, increase the water to 3/4 cup to ensure they don't dry out or burn. 
The number of meatballs you use will depend on their size. If they are smaller, you will have more than 16. 


Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 1302mg | Potassium: 243mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 6.5mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1.1mg