Asian Pork Meatballs with Dipping Sauce

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.


27 responses to “Asian Pork Meatballs with Dipping Sauce”

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

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

  3. 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.

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

  4. 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.

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

  5. 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?

    1. it’s one whole egg and one egg yolk.

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

  7. 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!

    1. nothing wrong with that!

  8. 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!”

  9. 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!

  10. How much serving wise does this make?

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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

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

  13. Kimberly Ann

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

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

    1. 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.

  15. 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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