25 Jun Whole 30 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.
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.
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
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
To make this meatball recipe whole30 and paleo compliant. I have made a few substitutions
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.
Similar to corn starch that acts as a thickener, arrowroot flour is a great gluten-free, paleo, andWhole30 alternative to use in this sticky Asian sauce recipe.
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?
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
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
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
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 Meatballs 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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