Asian Honey Ginger Meatballs

A fragrant and sweet Asian-inspired recipe.



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For the meatballs:

  • 600g pork mince
  • 3 green onions finely chopped
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 tbsp ginger grated
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 packs soba noodles

For the sauce:

  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup mirin
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar


  1. Start by switching on your oven and preheating it at 425°F/220°C.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the pork, egg, onion, sesame seeds, garlic, ginger, salt and pepper. Mix and combine thoroughly.
  3. Roll the mix into balls. I like to make mine quite large, so I aim for a little bit bigger than golf ball size.
  4. Pour the cooking oil in to a sided roasting tray. Place the balls in the tray, making sure to leave space between each one so that they’re not touching.
  5. Put the tray in the preheated oven and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. While the meatballs are cooking, make the sauce. In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, mirin and honey.
  7. Take the meatball tray out of the oven. Pour your soy sauce mix over the meatballs, ensuring to coat them as evenly and thickly as possible.
  8. Put the tray back in the oven and cook for a further 15-20 minutes, until cooked thoroughly on the inside.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Serve the meatballs with your choice of noodles, green onion and sesame seed.
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