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What To Serve With Sweet and Sour Meatballs – 11 Tasty Sides

If you’re wondering what to serve with your sweet and sour meatballs, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 11 of the most popular side dishes for sweet and sour meatballs.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best side dishes to serve with sweet and sour meatballs are coconut ginger rice, pumpkin rice noodles, bok choy, spring rolls, and fried wontons. You can also try roasted Asian vegetable medley, spicy cucumber salad, Sichuan green beans, and Chinese cabbage salad for a healthier option.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Sesame-soy broccoli 

Want to give broccoli a new twist?

I’ve got you covered with this sesame-soy broccoli. 

The green will add a pop of color to your plate, and the earth undertones will contrast with the fruity elements in your sweet and sour meatballs (in a good way). 

If you’re searching for an easy, tasty, and healthy way to serve broccoli, this airfryer Asian sesame broccoli is a must-try.

Chinese cabbage salad

This isn’t your typical cabbage salad.

It is fresh, requires no cooking, and has an authentic Thai dressing that’s just as addicting as the sweet and sour meatballs sauce.

The cooling crunch of the cabbage is a welcome change of texture too!

Check out this bangin’ salad recipe here.

Coconut ginger rice

Your sweet and sour meatballs dinner wouldn’t be complete without rice.

It’s a classic food combination that’s hard to beat.

Spoon the meatballs over plain white rice and drizzle over the sweet and sour sauce. Irresistible!

But, if you want something a little bit different, try this coconut ginger rice

Simply infuse some ginger, garlic, lime juice, and coconut milk before bringing the rice to a boil.


Sichuan green beans

If you think green beans are dull, I couldn’t agree more.

But, they’re cheap and healthy, and you can easily jazz them up. 

Splashing a bit of soy sauce over them will help, but if you want to turn them into a superstar dish chili paste is what you need. 

These spicy Chinese Sichuan green beans are deep-fried. You’ll barely recognize them as green beans!

Vegetable chow mein noodles

Vegetable chow mein noodles are great for a quick weeknight meal. 

You can rustle them up in less than 20 minutes, and use up any nearly-wilted veggies you have in your fridge. 

The meatballs will add protein and make sure no one goes hungry. 

Psst… the leftovers might be even more delicious than the dinner. 

Check out Cupful of Kale for the recipe.

Crispy seaweed kale


If you think crispy seaweed is made from seaweed, you’re getting it wrong.

Crispy seaweed, despite the name, is actually made from deep-fried kale.

It was always my favorite part of any Chinses takeaway, so whenever I cook Chinese food at home I always make it. 

The crispy texture works really well with the soft meatballs

It’s also a great last-minute side dish because crispy kale seaweed takes less than ten minutes to prepare and cook!

Egg rolls

Egg rolls are a pretty traditional side to serve with sweet and sour meatballs.

But they can be quite heavy. 

If you’re after a healthier option, why not try avocado egg rolls?

You can serve them as an appetizer or on the side of the main dish. It’s up to you!

Give these avocado egg rolls a try – you won’t regret it.

Spicy cucumber salad


Liven up your sweet and sour meatballs by serving a spicy cucumber salad on the side.

This quick and easy side comes together in one bowl and is a perfect addition to any summer meal. 

You only need a few ingredients, and it looks visually stunning!

I like this Thai-inspired cucumber salad.

Not a fan of peanuts? You can either leave remove them or replace them with slivered almonds.

Fried wontons


Wonton can be fried, steamed, or served in wonton soup.

But I always go for deep-fried wontons with a crispy golden crust.

The crunchy wrappers are ideal for dipping in any extra sauce from the sweet and sour meatballs.

And this dinner at the zoo recipe will help you make the crispiest fried wontons possible.

Roasted Asian vegetable medley

In a rush?

Quickly take a look in your fridge and see what vegetables you have. 

Season them with some Asian flavors (soy sauce and sesame oil) so they match the sweet and sour meatballs, then put them in the oven.

In no time at all, you’ll have a yummy side and a clean fridge. 

Don’t miss out on this 20-minute recipe from Creme De La Crumb.

Stir-fried bok choy


Would any Asian dish be complete without bok choy? 

Bok choy has a crisp texture and a fresh flavor that helps lighten up an otherwise sticky and sweet dish.

The first time I tried bok choy I was a convert, so if you’ve never had it before – this is the side dish for you!

Ready to cook?

The best side dishes for sweet and sour meatballs

  • Sesame-soy broccoli
  • Chinese cabbage salad
  • Coconut ginger rice
  • Sichuan green beans
  • Vegetable chow mein noodles
  • Crispy seaweed kale
  • Egg rolls
  • Spicy cucumber salad
  • Fried wontons
  • Roasted Asian vegetable medley
  • Stir-fried bok choy

What To Serve With Sweet and Sour Meatballs

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your sweet and sour meatballs.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: sweet and sour meatballs sides, what to serve with sweet and sour meatballs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 102kcal


  • 1 portion sweet and sour meatballs


  • Prepare your sweet and sour meatballs according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: sesame-soy broccoli, chinese cabbage salad, coconut ginger rice, sichuan green beans, vegetable chow mein noodles, crispy seaweed kale, egg rolls, spicy cucumber salad, fried wontons, roasted asian vegetable medley, and stir-fried bok choy.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 102kcal

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