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Stir-fry Bean Sprouts, Chives & Ikea Meatballs

Stir-fry Bean Sprouts, Chives & Ikea Meatballs Recipe

The sauce is intended to coat the bean sprouts and garlic chives first. After that, the already well-seasoned Ikea meatballs are then added to the casserole.

You can replace Ikea meatballs with other ready-to-eat deli meats.

Check out the ingredients pictures and tips on the previous page.


  • 5 frozen Ikea meatballs
  • 1/2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 ginger slices finely chopped 
  • 100g bean sprouts
  • 50g garlic chives cut to 5-cm (2-inch) lengths, separate out the bottom ends 

(A) Sauce (mix well with a spatula)

  • 1 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sake (optional)
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/4 tsp corn starch
  • a small dash of white pepper powder


  1. Prepare meatballs. Cook meatballs (air fry, toaster, oven or pan fry on stove). When cooled, cut each meatball to 3-4 slices. Set aside.
  2. Cook the dish. Heat oil in a wokpan or a heat-resistant claypot. Fry garlic and ginger until fragrant. Add bean sprouts and the bottom ends of the garlic chives. Stir fry until the bean sprouts just started to wilt, cover with lid and steam for 2 minutes. Add the remaining garlic chives. Give the sauce a good stir and pour the sauce to the pan. Stir fry briskly until the bean sprouts and chives are well coated in the sauce.
  3. Stir in the meatballs, mix well and serve.

Cooking Note(s):

  1. I used the air fryer to cook the frozen Ikea meatballs at 200°C (392°F) for 5 minutes (no need to preheat). You can also use a toaster or conventional oven, a microwave or the stove.
  2. You can cook this dish without any meat. In that case, the dish will likely benefit from a bit more seasoning – I suggest seasoning to taste at the end with a salt and pepper blend.
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2 comments on “Stir-fry Bean Sprouts, Chives & Ikea Meatballs”

  1. Bean sprouts and chives are such a classic combo! My mom likes to use some pork slices in the stirfry too.

  2. Haha, have also done this before, so I say it’s perfectly fine to add ikea meatballs to this stir-fry. Makes everything so flavorful.

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