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Whole 30 Sticky Asian Meatballs

Whole30 Sticky Asian Meatballs | Juicy and flavorful meatballs topped with homemade sticky Asian sauce. These delicious Whole30 Sticky Asian Meatballs are not your average Chinese takeout food. It is not only so easy to make, but also paleo, gluten free, dairy free and keto friendly. #whole30 #whole30meatballs #whole30recipe #paleo #paleorecipe #whole30dinner #meatballs #chinesefood

Juicy and flavorful meatballs topped with homemade sticky Asian sauce. These delicious Whole30 Sticky Asian Meatballs are not your average Chinese takeout food. It is not only so easy to make, but also paleo, gluten free, dairy free and keto friendly.

 

Growing up in China, my dad always made a “sticky” sauce with most dishes.

Sticky tofu, sticky short ribs, sticky eggplants. You name it.

It is always his magic sauce in the kitchen.

 

 

So I have made his magic happen in my kitchen, with this super flavorful Asian meatballs with sticky sauce.

You won’t believe these are Whole30 and Paleo compliant.

 

Why do I love Sticky Asian Meatballs

 

1. Packed with flavors

To begin with, this meatball recipe itself is packed with all the aromatics – ginger, garlic, green onion. Additionally, we are going to top off these Asian Meatballs with a flavorful sticky sauce simmered to perfection.

2. Easy to Make Whole30 Meatballs

This oven baked Asian Meatball recipe is so easy to make. Only a few accessible ingredients, you have the best Whole 30 Meatball recipe.

 

Whole30 Sticky Asian Meatballs | Juicy and flavorful meatballs topped with homemade sticky Asian sauce. These delicious Whole30 Sticky Asian Meatballs are not your average Chinese takeout food. It is not only so easy to make, but also paleo, gluten free, dairy free and keto friendly. #whole30 #whole30meatballs #whole30recipe #paleo #paleorecipe #whole30dinner #meatballs #chinesefood

3. So “Fancy” to bring on the dinner table or party

Not your average Chinese Takeout Food. It is healthy, fancy and so creative. These Sticky Meatballs will definitely please a crowd.

4. Reminds me of Home

I don’t make Chinese food often because I never think I get even close to my dad’s cooking level. But these meatballs though, my dad would be proud!

 

A few Asian Meatball Recipe Staples

 

Whole30 Sticky Asian Meatballs | Juicy and flavorful meatballs topped with homemade sticky Asian sauce. These delicious Whole30 Sticky Asian Meatballs are not your average Chinese takeout food. It is not only so easy to make, but also paleo, gluten free, dairy free and keto friendly. #whole30 #whole30meatballs #whole30recipe #paleo #paleorecipe #whole30dinner #meatballs #chinesefood

If I learned a thing or two from watching my parents cooking Asian cuisine growing up, to begin with:

  • Green Onion 葱
  • Ginger 姜
  • Garlic 蒜

are the three ingredients you will find  in most of Chinese food.

Additionally, Asian cuisine also uses a lot of sesame seed oil, soy sauce and white sugar.

An Asian Inspired Whole 30 Meatballs

 

Whole30 Sticky Asian Meatballs | Juicy and flavorful meatballs topped with homemade sticky Asian sauce. These delicious Whole30 Sticky Asian Meatballs are not your average Chinese takeout food. It is not only so easy to make, but also paleo, gluten free, dairy free and keto friendly. #whole30 #whole30meatballs #whole30recipe #paleo #paleorecipe #whole30dinner #meatballs #chinesefood

 

To make this meatball recipe whole30 and paleo compliant. I have made a few substitutions

Coconut Aminos:

Instead of soy sauce, I used coconut amino, which is gluten free, paleo and Whole 30 compliant. Additionally, it is packed with 17 amino acids.

Arrowroot Flour:

Similar to corn starch that acts as a thickener, arrowroot flour is great gluten free, paleo, andWhole30 alternative to use in this sticky Asian sauce recipe.

Coconut Sugar:

Unlike white sugar, coconut sugar is paleo friendly. Although it is not Whole30 compliant. However, you can omit coconut sugar to make this meatball recipe Whole30.

 

What Makes the “Sticky” Asian meatball Sauce Sticky?

 

Whole30 Sticky Asian Meatballs | Juicy and flavorful meatballs topped with homemade sticky Asian sauce. These delicious Whole30 Sticky Asian Meatballs are not your average Chinese takeout food. It is not only so easy to make, but also paleo, gluten free, dairy free and keto friendly. #whole30 #whole30meatballs #whole30recipe #paleo #paleorecipe #whole30dinner #meatballs #chinesefood

So my dad uses this flour called Sheng Fen 生粉, which is a kind of starch.

Besides the fact that I cannot find Sheng Fen in normal grocery stores, it is also not gluten free or whole30 friendly.

Therefore, I have tried a whole 30 approved paleo starch – arrowroot flour.

 

What is Arrowroot Flour

Whole30 Sticky Asian Meatballs | Juicy and flavorful meatballs topped with homemade sticky Asian sauce. These delicious Whole30 Sticky Asian Meatballs are not your average Chinese takeout food. It is not only so easy to make, but also paleo, gluten free, dairy free and keto friendly. #whole30 #whole30meatballs #whole30recipe #paleo #paleorecipe #whole30dinner #meatballs #chinesefood

Arrowroot flour is a starchy substance extracted from the root of Maranta arundinacea (read more here).

You may be familiar with corn starch, a traditional thickener in many recipes. Similarly, arrowroot flour also thickens food, but has no taste, leaves food glossy and clear.

Even better? It is a healthy starch. It is gluten free, paleo and Whole 30 friendly.

 

How to Serve Whole30 Asian Meatballs

 

Whole30 Sticky Asian Meatballs | Juicy and flavorful meatballs topped with homemade sticky Asian sauce. These delicious Whole30 Sticky Asian Meatballs are not your average Chinese takeout food. It is not only so easy to make, but also paleo, gluten free, dairy free and keto friendly. #whole30 #whole30meatballs #whole30recipe #paleo #paleorecipe #whole30dinner #meatballs #chinesefood

 

Perfect Party Appetizers

These Whole 30 Asian Meatballs are the perfect bite size. Put some toothpicks on them. Then you have a fancy and healthy Chinese food “takeout” appetizer.

 

Healthy Dinner for the Whole family

 

Whole30 Sticky Asian Meatballs | Juicy and flavorful meatballs topped with homemade sticky Asian sauce. These delicious Whole30 Sticky Asian Meatballs are not your average Chinese takeout food. It is not only so easy to make, but also paleo, gluten free, dairy free and keto friendly. #whole30 #whole30meatballs #whole30recipe #paleo #paleorecipe #whole30dinner #meatballs #chinesefood

Chinese food isn’t complete without rice. Serve these Sticky Asian Meatballs with some Jasmine rice and some stir fried vegetables on the size.

Or top them off with noodles.

Again, NOT your average Chinese Food takeout.

 

These Whole 30 Sticky Asian Meatball are great to serve as a healthy dinner, appetizers for parties and social gatherings. They look so fancy, but no one needs to know that you are that easy to make.

(Last Updated July 11th, 2019 – tweaked the recipe a bit to make it extra moist and soft)

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Whole30 Sticky Asian Meatballs | Juicy and flavorful meatballs topped with homemade sticky Asian sauce. These delicious Whole30 Sticky Asian Meatballs are not your average Chinese takeout food. It is not only so easy to make, but also paleo, gluten free, dairy free and keto friendly. #whole30 #whole30meatballs #whole30recipe #paleo #paleorecipe #whole30dinner #meatballs #chinesefood

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Yield: 10 Servings

Whole30 Sticky Aisan Meatballs

Whole30 Sticky Aisan Meatballs

These delicious Whole30 Sticky Asian Meatballs are not your
average Chinese takeout food. It is paleo, gluten free, dairy free and easy to
make.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

Asian Meatballs

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot flour (make it extra moist)
  • 1/4 cup green Onion (chopped)
  • 2-3 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 inch Fresh Ginger (minced)
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp salt

Asian Sticky Sauce

  • 2/3 cup coconut amino
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot flour
  • 1/2 tsp fresh or ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar (optional)

Instructions

Asian Meatballs

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Grease a baking sheet with avocado oil.
  2. Finely chop green onion, garlic, poblano pepper, set aside
  3. Combine all meatball ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix until combined well, using your hands. Roll into balls (approx. 24 - 26 meatballs for 2 lb of meat). Place the formed meatballs on the greased baking pan.
  4. Bake for 15 - 18 minutes. Broil for 2 minutes at the end.

Sticky Asian Sauce

  1. Add all the sauce ingredients except for arrowroot flour to a skillet. Bring to boil then urn the heat to medium to low.
  2. Stir in arrowroot flour slowly. Stir frequently until the sauce thickens. This will take about 5 minutes.
  3. Once the meatballs are done, combine them to the pan and cover with sticky sauce. Sprinkle some extra green onion and sesame seeds for garnishing. Enjoy!

Notes

  1. Instead of pork and chicken, you can use turkey or beef . I prefer having ground pork in the mix because the fattier meat brings out the flavor.
  2. If the sauce doesn't thicken, keep stirring and turn the heat up by just a notch.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 321 Total Fat: 19g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 137mg Sodium: 811mg Carbohydrates: 9g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 6g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 29g
The Nutrition Fact Below is specific to the ingredient I choose to use for this recipe, which may vary.

 

 

You May Also Like these Meatball Recipes:

1. Paleo Italian Meatballs (Whole 30)

2. Slow Cooker Paleo Italian Meatball

3. Whole 30 Turkey Burger Recipe

 

Whole30 Sticky Asian Meatballs | Juicy and flavorful meatballs topped with homemade sticky Asian sauce. These delicious Whole30 Sticky Asian Meatballs are not your average Chinese takeout food. It is not only so easy to make, but also paleo, gluten free, dairy free and keto friendly. #whole30 #whole30meatballs #whole30recipe #paleo #paleorecipe #whole30dinner #meatballs #chinesefood

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