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Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Frozen Meatballs

This is how to make an amazing appetizer using this pressure cooker frozen meatballs method. Sweet and spicy meatballs cooked in no time in your Instant Pot.

Pressure Cooker Frozen Meatballs

This Instant Pot pressure cooker frozen meatballs appetizer fantastic! Ok so if you have followed The Typical Mom at all you know I am kinda’ known for my easy Instant Pot recipes. (originally published 7/18, affiliate links present)

You’ve gotta’ make these grape jelly meatballs (or other version) in your Instant Pot today.

Talk about a killer, but cheap, appetizer. OR defrost them and throw them into spaghetti for dinner. You can make these in your Ninja Foodi too.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot

You may have tried these before in your slow cooker, BUT have you made them in just 6 minutes??

Perfect when company shows up unexpectedly because you can have everything on hand and whip it all together.

Instant Pot frozen meatballs

Like spice?? Add a bit of Sriracha to add some heat! This part is totally up to you but either way they’re amazing.

instant pot frozen meatballs

I use my fancy pressure cooker almost daily to make meals, but using it to prepare for a party is great because then you have less time in the kitchen and more time to relax yourself.

Instant Pot grape jelly meatballs

Just cook these pressure cooker meatballs until tender, transfer them to a bowl, then move on to your next creation like our pressure cooker chicken sliders.

You could literally have multiple appetizers done in under an hour….and people will think you cooked all day. 😉

Of course you can make fresh meatballs and they would take half the amount of time listed here but we are going for EASY here, this is what you do.

pressure cooker meatballs

I have 2 different pressure cooker frozen meatballs appetizer recipes, the ingredients for the first one are here (video shows this method):

Pressure cooker grape jelly meatballs

  1. 28-32 oz. frozen meatballs
  2. 18 oz. grape jelly
  3. 12 oz. chili sauce
  4. 3/4 c. water
  5. 1/4 tsp. dry Sriracha

Heat isn’t necessary but I like it even though I am not a spicy food lover.

instant pot frozen meatballs

Here is a quick rundown but there is also a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Time needed: 5 minutes.

Instant Pot Frozen Meatballs

  1. Combine ingredients

    Add grape jelly, water, chili sauce and sriracha to your Instant Pot
    Whisk together until smooth and then dump in your frozen meatballs. Mix so sauce is coating all meatballs

  2. Cook

    Close lid and steam valve. Set to pressure high for 5 minutes. Quick release, Serve! As an appetizer just set some toothpicks next to your pot and you’re done.

There is a second option below using orange flavors instead of grape, choose either one. They have both been a hit at Super Bowl football parties we’ve thrown.

How do you cook frozen meatballs quickly?

This is it y’all! If you don’t want to add a sauce and just want to add them into a pot of Instant Pot spaghetti then omit that. Instead follow our Instant Pot meatballs recipe. All you need is a basket and water.

OR make frozen meatballs in air fryer in no time at all.

Essentially you’ll be steaming them instead of cooking in a sauce. Both are huge time savers for sure.

meatballs instant pot

How do you reheat frozen meatballs in an Instant Pot?

This is essentially the same thing as “cooking them”. Follow these instructions by heating in a sauce or steamed with some water in the bottom.

Can I cook frozen meat in an Instant Pot?

Yes, we do it all the time. Try our frozen roast in Instant Pot or Instant Pot frozen chicken instructions for other ideas.

instant pot grape jelly meatballs

The second pressure cooker frozen meatballs recipe uses the following ingredients and recipe is in recipe card below:

Instant Pot Frozen Meatballs

  1. 1 bag frozen meatballs (could use beef or turkey)
    1. or make homemade meatballs and freeze them yourself beforehand
  2. Orange marmelade jam
  3. Brown sugar
  4. Apple cider vinegar
  5. Barbecue sauce – we like this one, don’t choose plain honey variety as it may trigger burn message on Instant Pot
  6. Water

Sriracha – if you want a bit more spice

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If you’re looking for other Instant Pot appetizers, try these:

If you need timing for cooking frozen whole chicken in the Instant Pot we have that to help you too. 😉

  1. I HIGHLY suggest you get a non stick pot too!

Instant Pot frozen meatball appetizer

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Pressure Cooker Frozen Meatballs

This is how to make an amazing appetizer using this pressure cooker frozen meatballs method. Sweet and spicy meatballs cooked in no time in your Instant Pot.
Course Appetizer, Entree, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizer, barbecue, frozen, ground beef, instant pot, meatballs, orange, pressure cooker, sweet
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 210kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Combine sauce ingredients and water into a bowl and mix.
  • Add half of this mixture into pressure cooker, then frozen meatballs, then remaining sauce.
  • Gently toss meatballs so they are all coated.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to manual, high, for 5 minutes.
  • Do a quick release and serve with toothpicks on the side to lift them out, great appetizer.


Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Frozen Meatballs
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 210 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 161mg7%
Potassium 207mg6%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
pressure cooker frozen meatballs
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Saturday 18th of December 2021

Us low sugar or all natural jelly for a sauce that’s not overly seeet and diabetic friendly. Everyone likes it much better!

Nellie Tracy

Monday 21st of December 2020

This post is full of great tips! Can't wait for the next time I make meatballs!

Noelle Simpson

Monday 21st of December 2020

This was so simple to make and it was really delicious! Saving to make again soon

The Typical Mom

Monday 21st of December 2020


Jazmin R.

Friday 15th of May 2020

Hi! What if I don’t have orange marmalade? I have everything else. Any ideas on what I could use in lieu?

Thanks! 😊😊

Jazmin R.


Friday 18th of March 2022

@Jazmin R., I use canned cranberry sauce in mine and it is a favorite at any family gathering we have always.


Sunday 15th of December 2019

Meatballs is always a favorite in our house! Love how simple it is! P.S. You're instant pot is super cute!!!

The Typical Mom

Sunday 15th of December 2019


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