Who doesn’t love meatballs for appetizers, potlucks, and even just a super simple dinner. Instant Pot Orange Beef Meatballs have the flavor of take out orange beef but so simple you can do it at home in the instant pot. Topped with sesame seeds and green onions for an easy take out dinner at home.
Can I Make My Own Meatballs?
The recipe is just for the meatballs. We make the rice on the stove while the meatballs are cooking in the instant pot. The recipe for orange meatballs is made from pre made meatballs however, you can make your own meatballs. If you do, freeze them for an hour before so they will hold their shape.
Orange beef is a Chinese or Asian take out food you can find in the states. Often it’s made with bottom round steak or flank steak and lightly sauteed. Instead, this recipe uses frozen meatballs that are not Italian flavored. Make sure your package just says home-style meatballs and not Italian.
Instant Pot Orange Beef Meatballs
For this recipe you will either need a steamer insert like you see above or a trivet. I prefer the steamer insert as it works to keep the meatballs off the bottom of the pot. I picked mine up at my local Ikea for around $5. The basket has a detachable handle which is fantastic for using in the instant pot.
Water and Instant Pot Size
Place the frozen home-style meatballs on top of the trivet after placing 1 cup of water in the bottom of the pot. With the instant pot it’s very important to make sure to add enough water. This is 1 cup water to an entire bag of meatballs. That’s all that’s needed for the instant pot duo plus 6 quart. You may need to add a little more water for the 8 quart pot. Keep it the same for the 3 quart.
The key to making tasty meatballs is to add the sauce at the end. Steam the meatballs first then turn off the pressure mode and go to saute mode. Then drain the juice from your pot and saute the sauce around the meatballs. Don’t leave the water in the pot when done. It won’t help the sauce thicken.
As the pot warms the sauce will start to thicken pretty fast. Be sure to stir lightly making sure the sauce is on the meatballs and not sticking to the bottom of the pot. Once the sauce thickens around the meatballs turn off the saute mode so it doesn’t burn.
The orange beef meatballs can be paired with rice or noodles. We like to have the beef meatballs with rice. However, the meatballs go well with ramen noodles sauteed with some soy sauce or teriyaki sauce.
If you like these meatballs don’t forget to try a few more instant pot meatball recipes. Here is a list of a few more we have here on the site.