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Sweet Hawaiian Teriyaki Balls (Vegetarian)

Try these sweet Hawaiian Teriyaki balls and explore a delicious vegetarian reinterpretation of the classic Hawaiian teriyaki meatballs. Enjoy the combination of tropical flavors and teriyaki flavors in this easy-to-prepare and tasty recipe!

Sweet Hawaiian Teriyaki Balls Plant-Based

I chose to make the vegetarian version of the popular Hawaiian teriyaki meatballs because I am passionate about creatively converting famous meat-based recipes into vegetarian versions. I have a whole collection of popular International recipes – veganized – on the blog. Check them out! 😊

I like to experiment with vegetable ingredients and discover new flavors and combinations. Preparing this recipe for vegetarian Hawaiian balls, I had the opportunity to combine various vegetables and spices, creating a tasty and satisfying dish, suitable for anyone who wants to try something new.

Sweet Hawaiian Teriyaki Balls Made Vegetarian Recipe

What is teriyaki sauce?

Teriyaki is a type of Japanese sauce, sweet and salty, often used in Asian cuisine to glaze and flavor dishes. Teriyaki sauce is obtained by combining and reducing over low heat some ingredients such as soy sauce, mirin (a type of sweet rice wine) or sake (Japanese alcoholic drink), sugar and other spices, such as ginger or garlic.

This sauce is used to marinate and cook various types of meat, fish or vegetables, giving them a rich and aromatic taste, with sweet and umami notes.

Vegetarian Sweet Hawaiian Teriyaki Balls

What about the authentic sweet Hawaiian Teriyaki meatballs recipe?

Authentic Hawaiian meatballs are a culinary dish specific to the islands of Hawaii, which combine Asian and tropical influences to create a delicious and flavorful snack. These meatballs are usually made from meat (chicken, pork or beef) or vegetarian alternatives, such as tofu or seitan, combined with spices and ingredients characteristic of Hawaiian and Asian cuisine.

A distinctive element of Hawaiian meatballs is the use of teriyaki sauce, which gives them a sweet and salty taste, rich in flavors. Hawaiian meatballs are usually served with side dishes such as rice, stir-fry vegetables or tropical fruits, thus completing the exotic taste experience.

Sweet Hawaiian Teriyaki Balls Made Vegetarian

Creative ways to serve vegetarian Hawaiian Teriyaki balls

Here are some creative ways to serve Hawaiian teriyaki balls:

  1. On a bed of rice: Place the Hawaiian teriyaki balls on a bed of white or brown rice to complement their sweet-salty flavor with the texture and consistency of rice.
  2. In a Hawaiian bowl: Create a Hawaiian bowl, also known as a “poke bowl“, by adding Hawaiian teriyaki balls over a layer of rice or quinoa, accompanied by fresh diced vegetables and various toppings, such as avocado, cucumber, seaweed and sesame seeds.
  3. In a sandwich: Use Hawaiian teriyaki balls as filling for a delicious sandwich. You can add a slice of ripe pineapple, crispy salad leaves and an additional teriyaki sauce for extra flavor.
  4. With tropical garnishes: Accessorize the Hawaiian teriyaki balls with tropical garnishes such as fresh diced pineapple or mango, which add a sweet taste and the exoticism of the Hawaiian islands.
  5. In a tasting plate: Serve the Hawaiian teriyaki meatballs as an appetizer, on a tasting plate, along with various dipping sauces, such as teriyaki sauce, garlic sauce or spicy sriracha sauce.
  6. On a bed of greens: Place the Hawaiian teriyaki meatballs on a generous bed of fresh greens, such as spinach, arugula or kale leaves, for added freshness and nutrients.
  7. In a stir-fry plate: Integrate Hawaiian teriyaki meatballs into a stir-fry recipe, along with colorful and crunchy vegetables, such as carrots, broccoli, bell peppers and onions, for a balanced meal full of tastes.

These creative ways of serving these vegetarian Hawaiian teriyaki balls add variety and versatility to this recipe, allowing you to enjoy their distinctive flavor in different combinations and culinary presentations

Vegetarian Hawaiian Teriyaki Balls
Sweet Hawaiian Teriyaki Balls Made Vegetarian

Sweet Hawaiian Teriyaki Balls (Vegetarian)
Explore a delicious vegetarian reinterpretation of the classic Hawaiian teriyaki meatballs. Enjoy the combination of tropical flavors and teriyaki flavors in this easy-to-prepare and tasty recipe!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Asian, Hawaiian
Servings 4
Calories 463 kcal


  • 100 g textured soy protein granules
  • 125 g breadcrumbs
  • 150 ml hot water
  • 2 tablespoons miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tablespoon parsley chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chickpea flour
  • 4 tablespoons white wine
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the sauce:

  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup teriyaki sauce
  • ½ cup canned pineapple crushed
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced


  • In a medium bowl, add all the ingredients for the sauce, mix, cover with foil and set aside.
  • In a bowl, pour the hot soup, inactive yeast, soy sauce, sriracha sauce, cumin and salt. Stir to dissolve and add the soy granules.
  • The soy granules will absorb the liquid, add the crushed garlic, the chopped parsley and mix with a fork.
  • In another bowl, mix chickpea flour, white wine and olive oil, add the soy mixture and mix.
  • Add the breadcrumbs and mix once more to obtain a sticky composition.
  • Leave the bowl at room temperature until the composition thickens, cools down and is easy to form the balls.
  • Form meatballs, with moistened hands, about 3-4 cm.
  • Place the meatballs on a clean surface in a single layer.
  • In a frying pan on medium heat, add a spoonful of oil and the meatballs. Brown the meatballs for a minute on each side.
  • Then add the teriyaki sauce over the meatballs and continue to cook for 5 minutes, until the sauce becomes thicker and all the meatballs are covered with the sauce. Alternatively, you can put the browned meatballs in the slow cooker pot, add the sauce over the meatballs and leave to cook for 3-4 hours.


Calories: 463kcalCarbohydrates: 72gProtein: 23gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 2828mgPotassium: 458mgFiber: 7gSugar: 37gVitamin A: 343IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 183mgIron: 6mg
Keyword soy, teriyaki, textured soy protein
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Wednesday 20th of March 2024

Such a creative twist!