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Hijiki Tofu Chicken Meatballs

If you are like me, there can never be enough recipes for meatballs. So today I share with you this super easy hijiki tofu chicken meatballs, with easy teriyaki sauce for glaze.

I love Japanese meatballs since most incorporate tofu with the meat, and making the meatballs (and burgers too) incredibly soft.

If you have toddler, or conversely elderly, that benefits from easily chewable food, you must give this meatballs recipe a try.

Hijiki Tofu Chicken Meatballs
Hijiki Tofu Chicken Meatballs

Hijiki seaweed for the meatballs

You will need hijiki seaweed to make this meatballs.

If your supermarket stocks konbu and nori, you should be able to find hijiki right around the same spot.

Otherwise, you can also buy hijiki from Amazon.

There is nothing fuzzy to make the meatballs, just mix everything together, then fry until golden brown.

You can, if you want, serve the meatball as is, but the easy teriyaki sauce is not complicated at all and all kiddies (and adults too) love anything teriyaki.

Ingredients for Hijiki Tofu Chicken Meatballs
Ingredients for Hijiki Tofu Chicken Meatballs

Easy Teriyaki Sauce

When the meatballs are cooking, you can start making the teriyaki sauce.

Simply mix together two tablespoons each of sugar, soy sauce, mirin, and sake.

Once the meatballs are cooked, pour the sauce into the pan. Toss the meatballs gently to coat with the sauce, and once the sauce is thick, turn off the heat and the dish is done!

Hijiki Tofu Chicken Meatballs
Hijiki Tofu Chicken Meatballs

Hijiki Tofu Chicken Meatballs

5.0 from 6 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

Serves: 4

Print Recipe


  • Hijiki Tofu Chicken Meatballs
  • 1 tablespoon dried hijiki seaweed, soak in plenty of cold water for 30 minutes, strained
  • 1/2 block firm tofu (7 oz/200 gram), crumbled
  • 200 gram ground chicken thigh meat
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoon katakuriko (potato starch), or use tapioca starch/corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon dashi stock granules
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • Teriyaki Sauce (mix the following together, 2 tablespoon each)
  • sugar
  • soy sauce
  • mirin
  • sake


  1. Mix together all ingredients for hijiki tofu chicken meatballs.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoon oil over medium heat in a frying pan. Once the pan is hot, coat your hand with a bit of oil, then shape the meatball mixture into golf ball size, and drop into hot pan.
  3. Fry the meatballs until all sides are golden brown.
  4. Once the meatballs are cooked, add the sauce into the pan. Coat the meatballs with the sauce, and stop cooking once the sauce thickens and coats the meatballs.
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  • Courtney G Courtney G says:

    I LOVE this recipe as does my 3 year old. We eat it w simple noodles with a sesame oil based dressing and some fresh herbs like cilantro, mint and basil. Not traditional but it works.

    • Anita Anita says:

      Glad your 3 year old loves it. These are indeed kiddie favorite. I am also loving how you pair the meatballs with sesame oil noodles.

  • Sophia Sophia says:

    These look delicious! They'd be a great appetizer for game day! Yum, can't wait to try!

  • Jenn Jenn says:

    These were delicious! The sauce is sweet and savory at the same time, and I got my protein fix with the tofu! Thanks for another amazing recipe!

  • Alisha Rodrigues Alisha Rodrigues says:

    Gosh !! These look like flavor bombs. Surely trying them out. This is the kinda food that everyone would enjoy.

  • Irina Irina says:

    This meal is just loaded with protein! I love it! And thank you for a quick recipe of teriyaki sauce in here:)

  • Beth Beth says:

    I love all of the flavors in these meatballs and how you bumped up the protein with the tofu!

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