This recipe for healthy pork meatballs creates tasty and tender meatballs your whole family will love. Have them with rice and stir-fried veggies or with your favourite pasta!
These meatballs are made with spices and lean ground pork and nothing else! Super fast and simple to throw together on a busy evening!
Tips for making these Healthy Pork Meatballs
- Don’t overhandle the meat. I like to use a fork to gently mix the spices in, rather than using my hands, because overmixing the meat will take away from the tenderness of the cooked meatball.
- When mixing with the fork, be gentle! Move the meat around just a bit until the spices have been distributed. Be sure not to mash the meat together as it will disturb the tenderness of the meatball. This is a lean meatball, so the tenderness is already affected.
- If you aren’t concerned about sodium, add in 1/2 tsp-1 tsp of salt for maximum flavour. Pork is rather bland so grab flavour wherever you can!
- When making the meatballs, it might be tempting to compress the meat together roughly-DON’T! Again, it’s all about being gentle. The meatball will stay together, so don’t worry about it!
- Lightly grease (or oil) your hands when making the meatballs so your hands won’t be as messy!
The other night I had these healthy pork meatballs with my tasty zucchini tomato sauce. Check it out, I am sure it will be a hit with your family as well!
Healthy Pork Meatballs
- mixing bowl
- mixing spoon or fork
- measuring spoons
- 454 g lean ground pork 1 lb
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp coriander
- 1/2 tsp oregano leaves
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp thyme leaves
- 1/4 tsp ground turmeric optional
- 1/2 tsp ground mustard optional
- cayenne as desired
- salt as desired
- Preheat your oven to 375.
- In a large mixing bowl, with a fork, loosen the mound of ground pork until loose.
- Add all of the spices to a small bowl and then dump into the bowl with the pork and mix together with the fork. You can also use your hands, but I found this step easy to do with just a fork.
- Once all mixed together, shape the meatballs gently and uniformly and place them onto a baking sheet. I used a kitchen scale to weigh each pork meatball to 26 grams exactly. If you don't have a scale that is okay, just try to make them all the same size.
- Place the baking tray into the preheated oven and bake for 12 minutes, or until a cooking thermometer reads 165.
- Enjoy with your favourite dish!