Asian Pork Meatballs with Dipping Sauce

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paleo asian pork meatballs

As the month of January is winding down, I assume the Super Bowl is somewhere nearby. I don’t know when the Super Bowl is (Yes, I know how to Google, I just don’t care enough.) or who’s playing (don’t care about that either). I unapologetically know jack shit about football and I plan to keep it that way, but I imagine a sub 30 minute meal made of pork would be a welcome addition to the table o’ football grub.


  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 c almond flour
  • 1 jalapeño, finely diced
  • 1 t chili garlic sauce
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • handful cilantro
  • 1/4 t sesame oil
  • 1/3 c mayo
  • s&p


Preheat your oven to 350ºF.

Add the ground pork, egg, egg yolk and almond flour to a mixing bowl.

Now, the rest of the ingredients (minus the mayo and sesame oil) are for both the meatballs and the dipping sauce. Chop once, use twice, right? So halve up everything and mix one half in with the meatball mixture and the other half in with the mayo and sesame oil.

Stick the dipping sauce in the fridge while we finish up with the meatballs.

Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Use a small ice cream/cookie scoop to portion out the meatball mixture onto the baking sheet.

Place the meatballs in the oven and bake until cooked through, about 15 minutes.

Turn the oven on broil and brown the tops of the meatballs.

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    Mary Hone
    January 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I don’t give a shit about football either. But this recipe looks awesome!!

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    Jenny @ HealthyMOChick
    January 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious…p.s. Total non-football person here too! :)

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    January 21, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Wow, these rocked! I added a pinch of salt to make all the flavors pop, and man, they popped! I served it as dinner over some mixed greens with the sauce drizzled over the meatballs. I can’t wait to make these for company! I am addicted to this website- the most tasty paleo recipes around.

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      megan keatley
      January 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      oops. i forgot salt. haha. glad you enjoyed, thanks so much anne!

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    January 22, 2012 at 12:26 am

    I finally know why I love you so much Megan, especially since I’ve never met you, at least now it all makes sense. Someone asked me today what my superbowl plans. What an idiot.
    These look DELICIOUS.
    They are absolutely adorable.
    I LOVE the picture with the writing on the side.

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      megan keatley
      January 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      hahahaha. btw, i don’t like dogs either. maybe we’re somehow related?

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    January 26, 2012 at 4:10 am

    What do you mean by egg and egg yolk? Is that one whole egg and one egg yolk (minus the white) or is it just one whole egg?

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    January 28, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    These are absolutely delicious, great as a snack, and great with summer squash “noodles”!

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    January 30, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I thought these were great. I added more chili garlic sauce to the dipping sauce. Even my daughter, who insists she doesn’t like pork, ate several of these. Another winner and a great complement to a Super Bowl party, GO PATS! Sorry ladies, I love football!

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    February 5, 2012 at 7:30 am

    I plan on taking these to a Superbowl party tonight, which promises to be laden with chips and dip, mini corn dogs, pizza, and soda. Wonder how many strange looks I’ll get once I start hoarding my asian meatballs? “My meatballs, mine!”

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    Rachel @ the minimalist mom
    February 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Wicked. These were tasty and easy as dinner the other night. I just cut up carrots, chunks of purple cabbage and broccoli and we dipped them into the dipping sauce as well. So good.

    One thing: get higher fat ground pork. The only ground pork I could get was low fat :( The meatballs were still really good but didn’t crisp up that well or have that extra fatty goodness to them.

    Another winner from Health Bent – thanks, guys!

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    February 22, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    How much serving wise does this make?

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      megan keatley
      February 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      depends on how much each person eats. so it’s up to you…

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    February 25, 2012 at 2:21 am

    I doubled the recipe & got 42 using a cookie scoop, so I’m sure 20 is a realistic #
    My family like the meatballs but didn’t care for the sauce, to much onion

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    April 8, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    These turned out well for me, and I really liked them. I forgot to add salt because there isn’t an amount listed (a frequent fault of mine) and they definitely needed it. How much do you usually use? Do you measure the salt? I omitted the jalapeno because I didn’t have one and also the sesame oil, which I was tragically out of. Still good, but I will do it right next time. I half thought that they would be too spicy with the jalapeno anyway, but after tasting I changed my mind. Also, I used Trader Joe’s almond meal which worked ok – I haven’t bought almond flour yet so I don’t know what the degree of texture difference is. And I was in a hurry, so I sprayed the pan instead of using parchment. This made the meatballs spread a bit but it didn’t affect anything except presentation.

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      megan keatley
      April 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      i’m a salt fiend, so i usually just add, taste, add, taste; so it’s hard to for me to say exactly.

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    Kimberly Ann
    October 2, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    These are seriously delicious! Thank you so much for he recipe!

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    April 23, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    These sound delicious! My son has a nut allergy….what would you suggest I substitute for the almond meal?

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      megan keatley
      April 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      i’ve been making meatballs without any almond flour lately, and i really can’t tell a difference. so, i’m sure you’ll be fine without it.

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    April 24, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Mmm! My family really liked both meatballs and dipping sauce. The meatballs could have used more oomph; next time I will double the jalapeno, chili garlic sauce, and green onion, and definitely use 1 t salt and 1/2 t black pepper. Sauce was perfect as written. A peanut satay would be great with these, too. Ground turkey seems like a winning variation as well.

    I LOVED the bake/broil technique with the parchment–both sides of the meatballs browned beautifully! Why did I not know this already? This will be my go-to meatball method from now on cuz it’s SO EASY. Thanks for another gem of a recipe!

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