Sweet and Sour Tuna Balls

6 Balls123 cals

Take your tuna meal prep to the restaurant with these Sweet and Sour Tuna Balls! This high protein meatball recipe is absolutely delicious, made with simple ingredients like your canned tuna, and takes just a few minutes to prep!

The first thing you need to do for this one is to take out and add into a large mixing bowl 2 5 ounce cans of drained tuna. After you add it in you’ll want to break it up a bit so that it mixes in easier.

Continue by adding into your bowl 2 large whole eggs, 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 tablespoon of low sodium soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of ketchup, 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 5 teaspoon of light brown sugar, and 1 cup of Japanese style bread crumbs.

Mix all of those ingredients up until everything is well incorporated. I like using a (washed) hand to do this!

Take out a baking sheet and optionally line it for easy clean up. Both aluminum foil and parchment paper are great for lining!

Shape your sweet and sour tuna balls however big you want them and put them onto your baking sheet. Repeat this step until your mix is gone.

Put your tuna meatballs into the oven on 375F/190C for around 10-20 minutes. Keep in mind that your cooking time will change depending on the size of your meatballs. The cooking time here is based off of 6 meatballs.

Remove your sweet and sour tuna balls them from the oven and top them with whatever you want! I topped mine with a couple drops of honey. Let us know what you top your tuna meatballs with in the comments below!

Ready for some healthy dessert balls? How about our Pretzel Peanut Butter Protein Balls!

Sweet and Sour Tuna Balls Recipe

Sweet and Sour Tuna Balls

Meal prep made easy with this Sweet and Sour Tuna Balls recipe! These high protein meatballs are delicious and made with simple ingredients.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: balls, sweet & sour, sweet and sour, tuna balls
Servings: 6 Balls
Calories: 123kcal
Cost: $3.40

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  • 2 Cans Tuna
  • 2 Large Whole Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce - Low Sodium
  • 1 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 5 Teaspoons Light Brown Sugar
  • ¼ Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Cup Bread Crumbs - Japanese Style


  • Drain your Tuna
  • Combine all of your ingredients into a bowl
  • Mix everything together
  • Take out a baking sheet and line it for easy clean up
  • Shape your mix into balls
  • Put them onto the baking sheet
  • Bake on 375F/190C for 10-20 minutes



Calories in the WHOLE recipe:
  • Calories: 742
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Sodium: 1750mg
  • Carbs: 83g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 30g
  • Protein: 71g
Calories in each ball (if you make 6):
  • Calories: 123
  • Fat: 2.3g
  • Saturated Fat: .5g
  • Sodium: 291.6mg
  • Carbs: 13.8g
  • Fiber: .3g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Protein: 11.6g


Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.8g | Protein: 11.6g | Fat: 2.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 291.6mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 5g


  1. Gauri on April 19, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Could we make it without the breadcrumbs?!

    • Derek Howes on May 1, 2021 at 8:33 am

      You could try substituting them with something like oats!

  2. Cheryl Kilpatrick on October 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

    I have just found you, and I adore your recipes. I recently had surgery which resulted in losing most of my stomach, which put me under severe dietary constraints. Mostly, protein protein protein. Your food is delicious, and the macros are awesome. Of course, I eat a quarter to half a serving, but now I no longer struggle to get enough protein in. Thank you so very much! You. Are. Awesome.

    • Derek Howes on May 27, 2020 at 11:21 pm

      Cheryl – YOU ARE AWESOME and thank you! I hope you’ve liked everything you have tried so far. Keep going!

  3. Cheryl on September 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

    I just found you, and you are my hero! I recently had bariatric surgery, and now my dietician pushes protein protein protein, and strongly discourages carbs. Your recipes, of which I’ve tried 4 now, are perfect for my diet. Of course, the portions are reduced (1 ball is plenty filling) but they are so tasty I am tickled to be able to look forward to having more of them. My son is also very happy I found you, as he taste tests all of my recipe attempts.

    • Derek Howes on May 27, 2020 at 8:16 pm

      Hi Cheryl! Hearing that my recipes have helped you eat healthier is the highest compliment this site can receive. Thanks so much for the kind words. Let me know if you ever need any help!

  4. Dominique on July 28, 2014 at 12:00 am

    These are very good! I actually cut the carbs by doubling the recipe but still using only 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs. Baked for 20 mins and they are tender and moist, holding together just fine. We had them for dinner with stir fried bok choy and yellow peppers with red chile flakes. Sweet, sour and spicy.

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