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Sticky Asian Meatballs

Who needs take out when you can make these delicious Asian Meatballs with sticky Asian sauce topped with green onions and sesame seeds. This dish is Whole30, Keto, Paleo, Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Course: Main Dish/Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 20 -21 meatballs
Author: Ashley McCrary


Asian Meatballs

  • 2 lbs ground beef 90/10
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt see notes*
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup almond flour add more if needed
  • 1 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • green onions chopped, for garnish

Asian Sticky Sauce

  • 1 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp water
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tsp sesame seed oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp teaspoons arrowroot powder dissolved in 1 1/2 tbsp of water *See notes for Keto option
  • OPTIONAL: 1 Tbsp Honey or Monk Fruit Syrup Remove for Whole30


  • Preheat oven to 400 F and coat a baking sheet with olive oil or cooking spray.
  • Add all the meatball ingredients to a bowl and mix until combined.
  • Form the meatball mixture into golf ball sized balls. Place each meatball on a sheet pan. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until they are cooked through.
  • Add all of the sauce ingredients except for the arrowroot flour (Sub tapioca flour if needed) to a skillet and heat on medium/high heat. Once the mixture is hot, add in the arrowroot flour dissolved in water. Stir frequently. As the sauce heats, it will begin to thicken, (This may take a few minutes).
  • Transfer the cooked meatballs to the sauce and allow to come together for a few minutes.
  • Serve over cauliflower rice and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.


  • For Keto, sub 1/4 tsp xanthan gum 
  • If you are sensitive to salt, you maybe only want to do 1/4 tsp of salt in the meatballs compared to the 1/2 tsp, or remove the salt all together. The coconut aminos is already pretty salty. So just use your judgement. You can also add a touch more water to the sauce to tone it down if needed.
  • Feel free to add 1 tbsp of honey or Monk Fruit Syrup if you are NOT following a Whole30.