A Comfort Food Twist: Asian-Style Meatloaf

Meatloaf often gets a bad wrap. You either love it or you hate it.

In my experience, most people dislike meatloaf. They think of the dry, bland-tasting stuff that some diners serve. The truth is, meatloaf can be amazing.

After all, it’s ground meat and you can dress it up however you like. I like to think of it like a large meatball, and play around with different combinations depending on my mood.

This week, I decided to take my meatloaf to a new part of the world. Well, not literally, but you know what I mean! I kept the standard ingredients of egg, breadcrumbs, and garlic. But, I swapped my usual ketchup, worcestershire sauce, and onions for hoisin sauce (Asian-style BBQ sauce), soy sauce, and scallions. I even changed my standard bread crumbs from Italian to panko.

The combination was a hit, and now I have a new favorite meatloaf recipe. So next time you think you don’t like meatloaf, try your hand at creating a new version. Consider your favorite flavor combinations and give it a try. You won’t be disappointed!

Asian-Style Meatloaf

Serves 4


1 lb ground beef, turkey, or chicken

1/2 cup panko bread crumbs or plain breadcrumbs if you can’t find panko

2 tablespoons soy sauce

4 tablespoons hoisin sauce, divided

1 large scallion, finely chopped

1 egg

1 clove garlic, minced


1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with oil.

2. In a large bowl, combine ground meat, bread crumbs, soy sauce, 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce, scallion, egg, and garlic. Mix with your hands until just combined.

3. Form the meat in the prepared pan into a log shape. Spread remaining hoisin sauce all over the meatloaf and place in the oven. Bake for 50-60 minutes.

4. Garnish with a few scallions, slice, and enjoy.

Loving these flavors?

Use up your hoisin sauce with Hoisin-Sweet Onion Pork Chops or try some Spicy Shrimp Noodle Soup.

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