Polynesian Meatballs

Make these homemade Polynesian Meatballs the next time you want to switch up your dinner. Pair them with Minute® Instant Brown Rice for a complete meal!

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Polynesian Meatballs

Cooking time PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 35 mins
Servings SERVES 6
Ready in TOTAL TIME 45 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 35 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 45 mins


  • 2 cups Minute® Brown Rice
  • 1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple, divided
  • 1 pkg (16 oz) ground turkey or chicken
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced green onion, divided
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce, divided
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp orange marmalade


  • Sweet and spicy morsels made with whole-grain brown rice, these Polynesian Meatballs are the key to wowing your family and friends!

    Step 1

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.

    Step 2

  • Prepare rice according to package directions. Cool completely.

    Step 3

  • Meanwhile, drain 1/2 cup crushed pineapple for meatballs. Reserve remaining pineapple and juice for sauce.

    Step 4

  • Combine ground turkey or chicken, cooked rice, 1/2 cup pineapple, 1/2 cup green onions, 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce, egg, ginger and nutmeg in a large bowl. Mix well.

    Step 5

  • Scoop mixture and gently roll into desired meatball size (we suggest about the size of a golf ball). Place meatballs on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through.

    Step 6

  • Meanwhile, in a medium-sized saucepan, combine remaining pineapple and juice, remaining 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce and orange marmalade. Bring to a boil.

    Step 7

  • Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 3-4 minutes. Stir in remaining 1/4 cup of green onions.

    Step 8

  • Add cooked meatballs to sauce and stir gently to combine.

    Recipe Tip

    If desired, sprinkle meatballs with toasted sesame seeds and additional sliced green onions for added flavor and texture.

Unique, Tangy & Homemade

Sweet and spicy, these Polynesian Meatballs are made with a tangy sauce and are served over whole-grain Minute® Instant Brown Rice. Try them and you’ll feel like your tastebuds went on vacation!

What makes these meatballs so irresistible? They have a sweet, tropical tang from crushed pineapple and are covered with a homemade sauce made of pineapple, orange marmalade and teriyaki sauce.

Made 100% from scratch, this is the kind of recipe that’s easy to whip up any night of the week. In about 45 minutes, you’ll transform ground turkey and spices into savory bites slathered in a tasty, teriyaki-infused sauce.

For a complete meal, these meatballs pair perfectly with our fluffy Minute® Instant Brown Rice. Or serve them with our Minute® Instant White Rice for a more tropical-style feel.

If you want to discover more classic and savory rice dishes, we recommend you visit the recipe section of our website. To begin, try our simple Red Beans and Rice recipe. Looking for a vegetarian option? You’ll love our Rice-Stuffed Eggplant Parmesan!

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