Grilled Sui Mai Meatballs

We are creatures of habit at times, especially when traveling for work.  Whenever we are in Vegas, we eat at China Poblano, almost every night.  Their Sui Mai is to die for, so much so, that I had a mad craving last week and developed this recipe for Grilled Sui Mai Meatballs.

Gilled Sui Mai Meatballs

Whole Foods reached out to us about developing a recipe for end-of-summer grilling, and the first thing I thought about was meatballs.  We are kind of crazy for meatballs over here, and every chance I get I think up a new recipe.  Most people think of meatballs as a cold evening meal, when in fact, they can and should be enjoyed all year long.  Normally, I bake or fry meatballs, but with the warm weather I decided to give grilled meatballs a whirl.  I mean, why not.  And it worked.

This recipe for grilled sui mai meatballs is loaded with freshly ground pork (my butcher did it special for me) and shrimp.  To make mincing the shrimp easier, I placed them (shell-free) in the freezer for about an hour before preparing my ingredients.  This step really made it a snap to mince the shrimp into small pieces.  The seasonings are fresh and simple;  loads of ginger, green onions, cilantro and water chestnuts.  As well as a little sesame oil and sake.  When I first made this recipe I tried grilling the meatballs on skewers.  It didn’t work, as the weight was too much and they split off of the skewer.  The next time I rolled them into small meatballs and grilled away, turning often so they would evenly brown.  Worked like a charm.

The verdict?  They tasted like a smoky sui mai, and were really moist.  This recipe can be served as a light entree, with a big bowl of cold soba noodles that are seasoned with sesame oil and seeds.  Or serve with a side of soy sauce mixed with sriracha as an appetizer.

Whole Foods would like to help make your end-of-summer grill session a little easier on your pocket book, and are giving away a gift card worth $25 to one lucky reader.  Just leave a comment on this post telling us what you are planning on throwing onto the grill before summer ends, and you will be entered to win the gift card to Whole Foods.  This give-away is open to US Residents who have a Whole Foods in their area, and will end at midnight on August 30, 2013.  Good luck, and happy grilling!

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Gilled Sui Mai Meatballs







  1. I live in Canada (woot!), so no giveaway action for me. However, I’d like to say that I haven’t had meatballs in ages and ages, and now I’m desperate to have ‘em. Thanks for that!

  2. Well this just looks totally FAB! I make shrimp-only meatballs sometimes and they are super tasty. I bet the pork gives it some nice fat though. :-)

  3. This looks delicious! I have never grilled meatballs! I have grilled pizza once this summer and plan to fit that in at least once more. Every time I grill pizza, i’m like, why don’t we grill it EVERY time?!

  4. I’ve taken to baking meatballs and then adding them to the sauce, but grilling sounds fantastic! Living in the land of foggy evenings hasn’t prompted much grill time. With our Indian Summer about to begin classic burgers are on this weekends holiday menu!

  5. I would grill veggie kabobs.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  6. Tonya Rader says:

    I plan on tossing chicken and some veggies on the grill. The kiddos love it and it always tastes amazing so we do it frequently.

  7. L.Y. Chung says:

    Loved grilled peppers and for dessert? pineapples!

  8. Pizza on the grill! Luv! It is really easy, but so yummy! I have a few different ways, and endless recipes. It is a fun way to have a picnic outside. Everyone can make up their own, or you can take requests!

  9. A thick, juicy steak!

  10. This looks amazing! I am a little obsessed with making meatballs lately…I’ll have to add this to the rotation. Gorgeous photos, as always!

  11. I like to grill zucchini and squash. It so delicious grilled!! ;D

  12. Rachel says:

    These meatballs. I will be grilling these meatballs. Yum!

  13. Allyson says:

    Gotta have burgers one more time!

  14. Well now I really want some Chinese food… but good Chinese food. Not take out. These photos are stunning. That first one with the soba noodles is amazing. Sorry I was late to the post, but I still wanted to comment!

  15. Oh yum! Grilled meatballs, I just love this :) I can’t wait to make this recipe!

  16. We don’t eat pork or shrimp but yet I appreciate this dish. It is mouthwatering and the photography is brilliant!

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