Sweet Hoisin Meatballs
These Sweet and Sticky Hoisin Meatballs make a great appetizer for a party. They are totally crave-worthy but are healthy, which is good because you can't eat just one.
Oh hello, you delicious balls of meat. Yes you, all covered in a sweet and sticky sauce that just makes me keep coming back for more. I really want you in my life right now.
I've been wanting to create a meatball recipe that would be both paleo-friendly and gluten-free. Most meatball recipes use breadcrumbs to help bind the meat together so I had to look for an alternative.
The result here is perfect. The meatballs are tender, hold together well, and have tons of flavor.
I've used almond flour in this recipe instead of breadcrumbs and love the result. Unlike coconut flour, which I find gives a sawdust texture to everything it comes in contact with, almond flour behaves a little more like breadcrumbs.
A big bonus is that almond flour, which is really just ground up almonds, adds a subtle tasty flavor to the meatballs.
If you like to eat paleo or try to avoid gluten, then you'll probably already know that most store-bought hoisin sauces do contain wheat. If this is something you strictly avoid, then you can always make your own wheat-free hoisin sauce. There are several recipes on the internet, but I like this one.
I tried out this recipe at an event a month ago and they were a complete hit. They disappeared faster than anything else I put out.
Hope you guys love these as much as I do!
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Sweet Hoisin Meatballs
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- 2 lb ground pork
- 2 lb ground beef
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce, substitute gluten-free or coco aminos
- 3 tablespoons ginger, finely minced
- 6 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 cup hoisin sauce, homemade for gluten-free and paleo
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons ginger
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce, gluten-free or coco aminos if needed
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- Sesame seeds and green onions, to serve
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine the ingredients for the meatballs in a large bowl and mix them together well. Roll 36 meatballs and place them on the baking sheet.2 lb ground pork, 2 lb ground beef, 2 tablespoons sesame oil, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 3 tablespoons ginger, 6 cloves garlic, 3 large eggs, 1 cup almond flour
- Bake them in the oven for 15 minutes, or until they have browned and are cooked through.
- While the meatballs are baking, prepare the sauce. Combine the sauce ingredients in a medium-sized pot and bring it to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer the sauce for 2-3 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat.1 cup hoisin sauce, ½ cup apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons ginger, 3 cloves garlic, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- When the meatballs are cooked, remove them from the oven and then put them in the pot with the sauce. Gently stir them around until they are coated well.
- Serve the meatballs topped with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and some sliced green onions.Sesame seeds and green onions
could you make the sauce and use it with frozen meatballs in a crockpot?
I think that should work just fine!
The recipe, to me, was a little bland; I added ~1.5 Tbs salt and ~2 Tbs sriracha to my second batch and they tasted ?
With 4lbs of meat you can make more than 36 meatballs right ? Especially if they are sort of bitesize im just in doubt
If they are bite-sized then you should get more than 36. 🙂
This is a great recipe. I am a bit hopeless with cooking but with a bit of effort that was tasty indeed. I run a website called CompareMeals (https://comparemeals.com.au) and was wondering if I could list your photos for this recipe and maybe use it in a review? That would be awesome!
Hi Chen! You’re welcome to use an image and link back to this post. Just please do not reprint the recipe on your site. Simply use an image and link to this recipe. Thanks so much!
Is the ginger in the sauce ground ginger or minced?
It’s minced ginger. If you don’t have any fresh ginger on hand, ground ginger will work in a pinch. 🙂
Hi, These look delicious – If I were to make these for a party, in advance, would this work? What stage would be best to do in advance and which before serving?
If you wanted to make these the day before you could make and bake the meatballs and make the sauce. Store the two separately in your fridge then heat the meatballs in the sauce before the party. You may want to add a small splash of water to the sauce if you are going to reheat the meatballs in it (rather than putting them in hot). I did this for a party last year and it worked great. 🙂
These sound amazing!
Made these today and it was a big hit with both the hubby and the kids (Thank God!!!! They are sooooooo hard to please!!!). Thanks for sharing!!
You’re welcome, Lisa. So happy to hear they were a hit!!
Can we stop for a second and talk about how AMAZING these look!!?!?!? I don’t eat pork, but I plan on making these with all beef. yum!
Awww thank you so much, Rachel! They would be great with all beef too. 🙂
Wow these little balls looks so good! I’m sure that they wouldn’t last 5 minutes at my house!
Thanks, Allyson! They don’t last very long around here either. 🙂
Love meatballs. Especially when they are drenched in a sweet sticky sauce like this! I can imagine these meatballs were so delicious.
They were! 🙂
This is going straight to my Meatballs Pinterest board…I never met a meatball that I didn’t love 🙂