Asian Pork Meatballs – A quick and easy appetizer filled with flavor! Ground pork meatballs combined with spices and topped with a sticky Asian sauce!
Asian Pork Meatballs
I love fun meatball flavors. I used to have this idea in my head that meatballs were terrible, gross pieces of meat covered in yucky, flavorless gravy until I made a batch of Asian Turkey Meatballs last year and found out that they can be amazing! There was so much flavor in each bite and I was sold!I had a bunch of ground pork in my freezer that I had been trying to get through after I made my Asian Pork Burgers a while back and when I realized Snacks and Sips didn’t have any meatballs recipes, I knew that that was what I had to make.
This recipe is based on the Asian turkey meatballs but with a few tweaks to make them even better. These Asian pork meatballs are great as either an appetizer or a meal served over white rice or noodles. If you serve them as an appetizer, I suggest serving them with toothpicks!
How to make Asian pork meatballs
Step 1 – Make meatballs
Mix together ground pork, breadcrumbs, egg, minced garlic, chinese five spice, ginger, and garlic.
Step 2 – Shape meatballs
Roll the meat into 1 inch balls and place on a lined sheet pan.
Step 3 – Bake meatballs
Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Step 4 – Make sauce
Combine cornstarch, water, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, garlic, and ginger. Bring to a boil and then cook at a simmer for 10 minutes.
Step 5 – Combine sauce and meatballs
Combine meatballs and sauce. Serve topped with thinly sliced green onions and sesame seeds.
Common questions about pork meatballs
How do you make pork meatballs?
To make basic homemade pork meatballs, you need to:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Combine pork, spices, an egg, and breadcrumbs in a bowl together.
- Mix until combined.
- Form into 1 inch balls.
- Place on lined sheet pan.
- Bake 25-30 minutes.
How do you cook pork meatballs in the oven?
You have to cook pork meatballs for 25-30 minutes at 400 degrees on a lined sheet pan.
Are meatballs made of pork?
Meatballs can be made from chicken, turkey, beef, or pork. Sometimes, meats such as beef and pork are blended together for the meatballs.
Can you freeze pork meatballs?
Yes! You can make the meatballs ahead of time and thaw them in the fridge before cooking or pop them in the oven frozen but keep in mind that they will need to cook longer if they are placed in the oven frozen. Do not combine the meatballs and the sauce before freezing, they will not keep very well that way.
How can I reheat pork meatballs?
I suggest placing them in a pan on the stovetop over medium heat to reheat any leftover meatballs or placing them on a sheet pan in the oven at 350 degrees until they have warmed up.
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- 1 1/2 pounds ground pork
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon chinese five spice
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 1 tablespoon cold water
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- Thinly sliced green onions
- Sesame seeds
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a sheet pan with aluminum foil. Set aside.
- Combine all ingredients for the meatballs in a mixing bowl and mix until well combined.
- Roll the meatballs into balls that are 1". Place on the sheet pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through.
- While the meatballs are cooking, combine the ingredients for the teriyaki sauce in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once at a boil, reduce to a simmer for 5-10 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.
- Once the meatballs are done cooking, transfer them to a mixing bowl and pour the sauce over them. Gently mix so so the sauce covers all of the meatballs completely. Serve topped with green onions and sesame seeds.