Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Food & Recipes

Font Size
A
A
A

Szechuan Braised Meatballs

Szechuan Braised Meatballs
This Recipe Is:

WebMD Recipe from EatingWell.com

We braise these spicy beef meatballs and Chinese cabbage in a bit of beef broth. Make it a meal: Ladle over brown rice or noodles with steamed broccoli and carrots on the side.

Ingredients
Prep: 15 minutes | Cook: 20 minutes | Total Time: 35 minutes
  • 1 pound
    93%-lean ground beef
  • 1 5-6 ounce can
    water chestnuts, rinsed and finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons
    cornstarch, plus 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon
    five-spice powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon
    salt
  • 1 cup
    reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 4 teaspoons
    canola oil, divided
  • 2 cloves
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon
    crushed red pepper, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup
    Szechuan sauce
  • 4 cups
    shredded napa cabbage
  • 1 15-ounce can
    straw mushrooms, rinsed
  • scallions, sliced, optional
Instructions
  1. Gently mix beef, water chestnuts, 2 teaspoons cornstarch, five-spice powder and salt in a medium bowl until combined. Shape the mixture into 12 balls (use about 2 tablespoons each to make 1 1/2-inch meatballs). Whisk broth and the remaining 1 tablespoon cornstarch in a small bowl until smooth.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet or nonstick wok over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook, turning once, until brown, about 3 minutes total. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to the pan. Add garlic and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 15 to 30 seconds. Add the reserved broth mixture, Szechuan sauce, cabbage and mushrooms; cook, stirring, until the cabbage is just wilted, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer, return the meatballs to the pan, cover and cook until the sauce is thickened and the meatballs are cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve sprinkled with scallions (if using).
Nutritional Information

Makes: 4 servings
  • Calories284
  • Fat12 g
    • Saturated fat3 g
  • Cholesterol65 mg
  • Carbohydrates16 g
    • Dietary fiber5 g
  • Protein27 g
  • Sodium849 mg
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.
Did You Know?
Recipes for Beauty

Today on WebMD

Four spoons with mustards
What condiments are made of and how much to use.
salmon and spinach
How to get what you need.
 
grilled veggies
Easy ideas for dinner tonight.
Greek Salad
Health benefits, what you can eat and more.