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Meatball Dipping Sauce

Meatball Dipping Sauce

Dipping Sauce For Meatballs

This easy recipe shows you how to make a sweet and sour meatball dipping sauce. The sauce can be used to drizzle over your meatballs or as a dip.

Meatballs are always a great success at cocktail parties and not surprisingly, they tend to go quite quickly. This sauce will help them go even quicker!

sweet and sour dipping sauce

This is a sweet-and-sour tasting sauce that really complements the meatball well.

This sauce is very easy to make and ready in less than 5 minutes. Most of the ingredients you should have in your kitchen anyway and you can make it upfront, so it is ready when you need it. Just warm it up in a saucepan.

meatball dip
Meatball dipping sauce

What types of sauce to make for meatballs?

Well, really there are all sorts of sauces you can make for meatballs, depending on what you are after. This recipe is a sweet and sour sauce, really meant for cocktail meatballs eaten as snacks.

cocktail meatballs

But across the world, there are so many different types of meatball and many countries have their own variations. For a few ideas, why not try some of the following recipes:

Swedish meatballs : like those sold by Ikea, with a tasty creamy sauce. 

Hungarian meatballs : this is one of our favourite meatball recipes. Spicy slow-cooked meatballs in a delicious tomato sauce. Fantastic with some tagliatelle pasta. 

Danish Frikadellers : Danish meatballs, perfect as a snack or together with a roast dinner. Also just delicious on their own.

This cocktail meatballs sauce recipe is designed to go with these meatball recipes:

Classic cocktail meatballs & airfryer meatballs.

meatball dip

It all depends on what you are looking for.

You can use this sauce to dip or to drizzle, it’s up to you.

I hope you enjoy trying this recipe. Let me know if you have suggestions to improve this in the comments section below.


How to make a sweet and sour dipping sauce

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dipping sauce

Meatball Dipping Sauce

Yield: 30
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This sweet and sour meatball dipping sauce is a great accompaniment for meatball appetizers. Use as a dipping sauce or drizzle it over your meatballs!


  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 110ml apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 90g brown sugar
  • 60ml water
  • 60ml tomato ketchup


  • 1 tsp mustard


  1. Put all the ingredients into a saucepan.
  2. On a low heat bring to a simmer, whilst whisking the ingredients together. Let the mixture simmer for a few minutes until sufficiently thickened, and then remove from the heat.
  3. Serve in a bowl for dipping or drizzle over your meatballs before serving.


This sauce will store well in the fridge for a number of days in a closed container.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 15Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 52mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 0g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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Thursday 20th of July 2023

Why would you publish this recipe half in Metric (ml/grams), and half in Imperial (Tbsp/Tsp). Makes what should be a quick easy dipping sauce time consuming when you have to stop and convert to one or the other.


Friday 21st of July 2023

Because I normally use ml for volumetric measurements and grams for ingredients that can be accurately measured and tsp and tbsp for the smaller amounts where it is obviously not that important. My instruments are metric. Who weighs a teaspoon of mustard? Were you converting 1 teaspoon Imperial to 1 teaspoon US? They are different.


Saturday 28th of January 2023

Made this tonight for a light dinner of meatballs. Delicious! I added a wee bit of garlic and some pepper powder. Definitely used the mustard, too.Thanks for a great recipe!


Wednesday 1st of February 2023

Glad you enjoyed it Cindy! Thanks for you comment :)

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