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Firecracker Meatballs with Roasted Green Beans & Sesame Rice

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Serves 2


Prep Time

20 minutes


Cook Time

20 minutes


Total Time

40 minutes

kikkoman products used:


For Sauce:
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons Kikkoman® Soy Sauce
1 teaspoon Kikkoman® Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce to taste

For Meatballs:
2 scallions
1 thumb ginger
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 teaspoons Kikkoman® Soy Sauce
½ cup jasmine rice
10 ounces ground beef
¼ cup Kikkoman® Panko Bread Crumbs
6 ounces green beans
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 teaspoon Korean chili flakes
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Adjust rack to top position and preheat oven to 425 degrees. Trim and thinly slice scallions, separating whites from greens; mince whites. Peel and mince ginger.
  2. In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, honey, 2 tsp soy sauce, and sriracha to taste. Set aside.
  3. Heat a drizzle of oil in a small pot over medium-high heat. Add half the sesame seeds (save the rest for serving); cook, stirring, until golden brown, 1-2 minutes. Add rice, ¾ cup water, and a big pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to a low simmer. Cook until rice is tender, 15-18 minutes. Keep covered off heat until ready to serve.
  4. While rice cooks, combine beef, panko, ginger, scallion whites, remaining soy sauce, salt (1/2 tsp), and pepper. Form into 10-12 1½-inch meatball
  5. Place meatballs on one side of a lightly oiled baking sheet. On empty side, toss green beans with a drizzle of oil, salt, and pepper. Roast on top rack until meatballs are cooked through and green beans are browned and tender, 14-16 minutes.
  6. Fluff rice with a fork; season with salt and pepper. Divide between bowls or plates. Carefully add meatballs to bowl with sauce; toss to coat. Top rice with meatballs and drizzle with any remaining sauce. Serve green beans to the side. Garnish with scallion greens, remaining sesame seeds, and chili flakes to taste.

Recipe created in partnership with HelloFresh.


Even people who love soy sauce and use it all the time are often surprised to learn what it is and how it’s made. We make ours from just four simple ingredients—water, soybeans, wheat, and salt. Those ingredients are transformed through a traditional brewing process—much like making wine or beer—that has remained unchanged for centuries.


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