Go Back
+ servings
4.67 from 3 votes
Pair of Chopsticks Picking Up a Tofu Meatball from a Bowl
Ginger Glazed Tofu Meatballs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

These shiitake mushroom and tofu meatballs are flavored with savory seasonings and drenched in a sticky ginger glaze. Serve them up as a fun party appetizer, or add some rice and veggies for a flavor-packed meal.

Course: Appetizer, Entree
Cuisine: American, Asian
Servings: 4
Calories: 242 kcal
Author: Alissa
For the Tofu Meatballs
  • about 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • ½ lb. extra firm tofu, drained
  • 4 oz. shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 ¼ cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp. unflavored soy or almond milk
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. ground flax seeds
  • 1 tsp. liquid smoke
  • black pepper to taste
For the Ginger Glaze
  • ¼ cup chilled water
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tsp. freshly grated ginger
For Serving
  • sesame seeds
  • chopped scallions
  • cooked rice optional
  • cooked veggies optional
Make the Tofu Meatballs
  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Like a couple of baking sheets with parchment and brush lightly with oil.
  2. Place tofu, mushrooms, onion, garlic, panko, milk, soy sauce, flaxseed, liquid smoke and pepper into food processor bowl. Pulse until well mixed and crumbly, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl as needed. Roll into about 20 balls and arrange on baking sheet. Brush with oil.
  3. Bake 30 minutes, turning about halfway through.
Make the Ginger Glaze
  1. While meatballs bake, stir chilled water and cornstarch together in a small cup. Place soy sauce, vinegar, maple syrup, sesame oil and ginger into a small pot. Bring just to a simmer, and stir in cornstarch mixture. Continue to simmer, stirring, just until mixture thickens, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  1. Pour glaze over meatballs and sprinkle with sesame seeds and scallions. Serve with rice and/or veggies, if desired.
Recipe Notes

The meatballs firm up a bit as they cool. They were awesome right out of the oven, but I actually preferred eating the reheated leftovers a few hours later.

Nutritional information does not include accompaniments.

Nutrition Facts
Ginger Glazed Tofu Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 242 Calories from Fat 102
% Daily Value*
Fat 11.3g17%
Saturated Fat 2.1g11%
Sodium 1399mg58%
Potassium 254mg7%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 9.1g10%
Protein 8.7g17%
Calcium 100mg10%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.