Pork Meatballs glazed in a soy maple dressing. So quick and easy, and because we make them in the oven there is very little clean up.
In my opinion, pork meatballs are the king of meatballs. Pork mince is juicy, full of flavour (and doesn’t need much seasoning), and holds together well. It crisps up in the oven and doesn’t need to be pan fried to get a crust. I think they’re the best type of meatball you can have (definitely better than beef), and are never dry. Pork mince is also generally cheaper than beef mince, making this a budget friendly meal.
What is in these Pork Meatballs?
These pork meatballs are so simple, they’re made with just four ingredients.
- Pork mince
- Panko breadcrumbs
- Garlic powder
I also sometimes like to add cinnamon or five spice to these, it gives it a subtly sweet and warming flavour, but that’s up to you.
To make the pork meatballs, simply mix ingredients and roll them out into balls (or whatever shape you want). Because they’ve got a good amount of fat in them, they’ll stick together and you don’t need to use eggs for them to stick together.
Covered with a delicious Asian Glaze
The thing that sets these meatballs apart is the simple Asian glaze we’ll brush over them. The glaze is a mixture of dark soy sauce, maple syrup, sesame oil and rice wine vinegar, all things you will probably have in your pantry (or won’t regret buying them if you don’t have them yet). We’ll brush this over the pork before we pop the meatballs in the oven, and then once again at the 10 minute mark. It’s truly delicious.
What to serve with these Pork Meatballs?
In this recipe we’re going to serve the meatballs on a bed of rice, and serve with a cooling watermelon, mint and feta salad. This salad is the perfect accompaniment to the pork meatballs and rice, and is equally as lovely on its own. It’s really simple to put together, and because of the juices in the watermelon, it doesn’t need a dressing.
Instead of buying crumbled feta, buy feta from the deli section of your supermarket. It will be a lot cheaper (half the price) and is easy to crumb in the bag it comes in.
Make sure you space the pork meatballs apart about 2-3 cm, this will allow them to cook properly. Make them all the same size. You should be able to make about 14 meatballs from 500g pork mince.
- Alternative proteins - While I know I went on and on about the benefits of pork mince, you can also use chicken or beef mince instead of pork mince in this recipe, if you don’t eat pork.
- Vegetarian - Use vegan mince. Depending on the brand you use, you may need something to hold it together. Option to use an egg, or a “chia egg” - see how to do this here.
- Dairy Free - Swap feta for chopped kalamata olives.
- Gluten Free - Swap dark soy for tamari. Use Gluten Free Panko breadcrumbs.
- Serve kids slices of watermelon, cucumber and peas, and then rice and pork meatballs.
- Skip the mint and feta.
- Skip the extra dressing.
You will need an oven, a baking tray, a microwave.
More Meatball Recipes
Pork Meatballs with Watermelon Salad
- Baking tray
- 2 tablespoon dark soy sauce
- 2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
- 500 g pork mince
- ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 kg watermelon
- 1 cup frozen baby peas
- ½ bunch mint
- 1 Lebanese cucumber
- 200 g feta
- 450 g microwave rice
- Preheat oven to 200 C. Line a tray with baking paper.
- Mix dark soy, sesame oil, maple syrup and rice wine vinegar in a small bowl to make a sauce.2 tablespoon dark soy sauce, 2 teaspoon sesame oil, 2 teaspoon maple syrup, 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
- Mix pork mince with breadcrumbs, garlic powder and ½ teaspoon salt. Roll into round sausage shapes, brush with sauce and put in the oven for 10 mins.500 g pork mince, ½ cup panko breadcrumbs, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon salt
- Remove skin and cube watermelon. Defrost peas. Pick mint leaves. Slice cucumber into half moons. Crumble feta.Place your child’s portion of watermelon, peas and cucumber on their plate. Arrange the rest on a serving bowl.2 kg watermelon, 1 cup frozen baby peas, ½ bunch mint, 1 Lebanese cucumber, 200 g feta
- Turn meatballs and brush with more sauce. Return to the oven for 10 mins more. Meanwhile, heat microwave rice.450 g microwave rice
- Add rice and meatballs to your child’s plate.For adults, serve pork meatballs on top of rice and spoon over remaining sauce to taste. Serve with watermelon salad.