These sweet and sticky pork meatballs make the perfect appetizer or weeknight dinner. The ground pork meatballs are seasoned with fresh herbs, ginger, and garlic and then tossed in a delicious sweet and sticky sauce. Not only are they delicious, these healthy meatballs are also refined sugar free, gluten-free and Whole30 compliant. They make a flavorful dish that everyone will love!
Healthy Ground Pork Meatballs
What’s better than a meatball, you ask?
A flavorful pork meatball that’s just a little crispy, a little sticky, and a little sweet, I say!
These healthy ground pork meatballs are packed with flavor from fresh ginger, herbs, and garlic and then drowned in a sweet and sticky sauce that’s made without any sugar.
Yes, you heard that right…the sweet and sticky sauce is completely sugar free and Whole30 compliant!
These meatballs are so easy to whip up and make the perfect dinner party appetizer or weeknight dinner. They are juicy and perfect, and absolutely no one will believe that they’re made without added sugar.
Keep reading to learn how to make these and then run to the store to grab all of the ingredients and serve them up tonight!
These juicy meatballs are full of flavor thanks to a few simple, fresh ingredients that really pack a punch. Here’s what you need to make the best pork meatballs:
Crushed red pepper flakes
If possible, be sure to use the freshest ingredients possible for the best flavor in these meatballs. You really want the flavor to shine through and using freshly minced garlic and ginger makes a difference.
The Sweet and Sticky Sauce Ingredients
Although the sauce for these meatballs is definitely sweet and sticky, there is no added sugar in this recipe. Instead, the sauce is made by reducing a few key ingredients until it begins to thicken and form a sticky sauce.
Here are the main sauce ingredients:
Coconut Aminos: The base of the sauce is a substitute for soy sauce called coconut aminos. Coconut aminos are made from the sap of the coconut palm tree and are commonly used as an alternative to soy sauce in Paleo and Whole30 compliant dishes.
Unlike traditional soy sauce, they also have a slightly sweet flavor which works to give the sauce a slightly sweet flavor without any added sugar.
Sesame Oil: Sesame oil is another key ingredient in this sauce and really helps to give the meatballs a lovely flavor.
Fish Sauce: Fish sauce is made from anchovies and sea salt and gives the sauce a savory depth of flavor. If you don’t have a bottle of fish sauce, I highly recommend grabbing some to have on hand for curries, stir fries, or sauces.
How to Serve these Asian Pork Meatballs
What I love about these meatballs is that they work just as well as the star of a weeknight dinner as they do as a party appetizer. All you have to do is serve them individually with a cocktail stick for a crowd pleasing appetizer.
If you are serving the meatballs for dinner, my favorite way to eat them is over white rice or cauliflower rice with a green veggie like roasted broccoli or sauteed zucchini on the side. The rice helps to soak up all of that delicious sweet and sticky sauce.
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Add the meatball ingredients to a small mixing bowl and use your hands to mix until well combined. Next, use a cookie dough scoop or tablespoon to scoop out the pork mixture and form meatballs.
When the meatballs are formed, heat a skillet over medium heat and then add a tablespoon of avocado or coconut oil. Pan-fry the meatballs on each side for roughly 3-4 minutes until browned and cooked through.
While the meatballs are cooking, make the sweet and sticky sauce. Add all of the sauce ingredients to a small sauce pan. Bring the sauce to a boil and then reduce the heat to low and allow the sauce to simmer until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon. The sauce will thicken even more as it cools.
Add the meatballs to the sauce and stir until they are well coated. Transfer the meatballs to a serving dish and garnish them with green onions and sesame seeds. Enjoy!
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