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Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Meatballs with pineapple and peppers are super easy to make in the pressure cooker and perfect for a quick dinner or appetizer.

sweet and sour meatballs with pineapple and yellow bell peppers in a white bowl

These tangy sweet and sour meatballs are one of the easiest Instant Pot recipes you can make and need very little prep work. And, you only need a few pantry staples to make them!

Usually, I’m cooking both lunch and dinner for the whole family, so I’m all about quick and easy recipes right now. You can relate, right?!

Not only are these meatballs easy to make, but they only take 5 minutes of active cooking in the Instant Pot. The longest part is waiting for the pot to reach pressure!

Did I mention how good they are? Serve these sweet and tangy meatballs over Instant Pot Jasmine Rice and maybe a side salad, and you’ve got a delicious dinner that’s definitely kid approved!

How to Make Sweet & Sour Meatballs in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

I love using frozen meatballs for convenience — Italian style is fine. When I make pasta and meatballs, cranberry orange meatballs or grape jelly meatballs in the Instant Pot, I start out with frozen.

You can use homemade meatballs if you want. Just be sure to cook them first for this recipe.

All you do is place the meatballs in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Then, add the rest of the ingredients on top.

frozen meatballs with pineapple in the instant pot

Don’t stir everything yet. You can stir the ingredients after pressure cooking.

Frozen food usually takes a little longer to reach pressure in the Instant Pot. But after that, the meatballs take just 5 minutes to cook.

Add some bell pepper slices and cook on saute mode. This keeps them from getting too soft!

meatballs with pineapple and peppers in the pressure cooker

Make a quick cornstarch slurry to thicken the sauce. It’s not necessary, but it makes the sauce silky smooth and thick enough to stick to the meatballs.

This recipe is very easy to double. Just add more meatballs and ingredients for the sauce.

 meatballs with pineapple chunks on wooden spoon

Sweet and Sour Meatballs in the Crock-Pot

Don’t have a pressure cooker? Just add the frozen meatballs and sauce ingredients to your slow cooker.

Cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4. Add peppers and thicken with a slurry if necessary. Easy peasy.

meatballs with sweet and sour sauce and pineapple chunks over rice

Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe

5 from 11 votes

Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Meatballs

By: Dee
Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Meatballs with pineapple and peppers are super easy to make in the pressure cooker and perfect for a quick dinner or appetizer.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
pressure time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 36 frozen meatballs
  • 1 20 ounce can pineapple chunks undrained with juice
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onions
  • 2 bell peppers seeded and sliced

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  • Add the frozen meatballs to the Instant Pot, then add the pineapple chunks, water, soy sauce, ketchup, brown sugar and onions. Do not stir
  • Place lid on pressure cooker, make sure valve is at sealing position, and hit PRESSURE COOK for 5 minutes
  • Pot will take a few minutes to pressurize, then count down and cook. When pot beeps, quick release pressure
  • When pin drops, carefully open lid, and stir. Hit CANCEL, then hit SAUTE and stir in pepper chunks
  • Make the slurry by stirring together cornstarch and water. Stir into bubbling liquid, and allow to thicken
  • Hit CANCEL, and serve or hit KEEP WARM until ready to serve


Can use any flavor frozen meatballs, including Italian style. If using fresh homemade meatballs, cook or brown first, then proceed with recipe.
Recipe was made in 6 quart pressure cooker. For 8 quart, use 1 cup water.


Calories: 251kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 45mg, Sodium: 303mg, Potassium: 324mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 1008IU, Vitamin C: 40mg, Calcium: 26mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Main
Cuisine: American
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  1. Teri Head says:

    I make large batches of meatballs and keep them in freezer so I’m always looking for ways to use them. This has been a regular in my rotation because it’s easy and I always have these ingredients on hand. Everyone loves it.

    1. Dee says:

      I’m so glad you like the meatballs, Teri. Thank you!

  2. Cyndy says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Dee! Second time making and enjoy it very much. Added chunks of onion, peppers, celery, fresh garlic, and vinegar. When cooked, I threw in some cooked broccoli. Also made basmati in the IP. 👍5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks for sharing, Cyndy — sounds delicious! So glad you liked it!

  3. Kate says:

    Made these for my family and everyone loved them!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      So happy to hear this, Kate! Thanks!

  4. Suzy says:

    One of our favorite dishes to make! The kids can not get enough! I love that they cook up in the instant pot too!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      The Instant Pot makes it so quick and easy. Thanks, Suzy!

  5. Catalina says:

    These meatballs look so inviting! I must make them asap!5 stars

  6. Cathy says:

    Using frozen meatballs makes this SO easy!

  7. Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert says:

    These Sweet and Sour Meatballs would disappear in our house!5 stars

  8. Dorothy Reinhold says:

    I made a big batch of meatballs and they are in the freezer just waiting for the perfect dish… This is perfect!

  9. Beth Pierce says:

    Yummy!! I can’t wait to give these a try. I’m so looking forward to them.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      I hope you like them, Beth. My family sure did!

  10. Kimberly says:

    These look and sound fabulous – on the meal plan for next week!

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much! Hope you like them!