Do you love meatballs but aren’t sure how to take them beyond the usual? Say hello to bulgogi, a Korean-style sauce that knows what’s up. Based around soy sauce, it has savory complexity for sophisticated palates, plus just enough sweetness to round things out. In this recipe, it’s used to glaze pork meatballs, giving them an outer layer of extra flavor that pairs perfectly with the sesame-accented rice, carrots, and zucchini.
Bulgogi Sauce(ContainsWheat, Soy)
Precooked White Rice
Wash and dry all produce. Halve zucchini lengthwise, then slice crosswise into thin half-moons. Peel ginger, then mince until you have 1 TBSP. Cut lime into wedges.
In a medium bowl, combine ginger, pork, panko, and 1 TBSP bulgogi sauce (save the rest for step 5). Season with salt and pepper (we used ½ tsp kosher salt). Shape into 1-inch balls.
Heat a drizzle of oil in a large pan over medium-high heat (use a nonstick pan if you have one). Add zucchini and season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing, until just tender, 3-4 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside in another medium bowl.
Heat another drizzle of oil in same pan, then add carrots and season with salt and pepper. Cook until tender, 3-4 minutes. Add to bowl with zucchini, then toss both veggies with half the sesame oil (save the rest for step 6). Set aside.Heat a large drizzle of oil in same pan over medium-high heat. Add meatballs and cook, turning, until browned all over, 4-6 minutes.
Add remaining bulgogi sauce to pan with meatballs. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium low and cover pan. (TIP: If your pan doesn’t have a lid, cover it with aluminum foil.) Steam until meatballs are cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Meanwhile, massage rice in packet with hands to break up, then microwave according to package instructions.
Place rice in a large bowl and toss with remaining sesame oil and a squeeze or two of lime juice. Divide between plates and top with veggies and meatballs. Drizzle with remaining sauce from pan and sriracha (to taste). Garnish with sesame seeds. Serve with remaining lime wedges.