Greek Meatballs with Tomato Sauce (Soutzoukakia )

This Soutzoukakia recipe was brought to Greece in the 1930’s by the Asia Minor Greeks that were relocated from present day Turkey. I want to thank my previous roommate Peter Teis and his family, especially Aliki and her mother for sharing this Soutzoukakia recipe with me! Thessaloniki has many dishes that came from its various occupations and nationalities that have occupied this metropolitan city. This dish is found in most tavernas and restaurants there and is one of the city’s favorite foods. Cumin gives Soutzoukakia a lot of its flavor.  These meatballs are great dipped in Greek yogurt with a side of pita bread.

Check out our video below on how to make Soutzoukakia!


Mediterranean Diet Recipes Soutzoukakia

Greek Meatballs with Tomato Sauce (Soutzoukakia )

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 8
Calories 648 kcal


  • 1 cup stale bread, broken up
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp sweet cumin
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • 15 ounces can tomato sauce, pumaro if possible
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp sugar


  • In a small bowl soak the bread in the red wine.
  • In a mixing bowl add the ground beef, onion, garlic, cumin, bread, oil, salt, pepper, and combine well. Let this mixture sit 1 hour in the fridge.
  • Form the meatballs and fry them in a little olive oil, then put them in a pyrex baking dish one next to the other.
  • Bring the tomato sauce to a boil and add to the meatballs, along with the oil you fried the meatballs in.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 for 35 minutes.


Calories: 648