Asian-Style Meatballs Recipe

Mix savory with some sesame, ginger, and coconut to make a flavorful main dish.

From "21-Day Sugar Detox

  • Try these with a cabbage or Bok Choy Slaw side to promote gut health and for an anti-inflammatory meal.
    Photo by Diane Sanfilippo
  • “21-Day Sugar Detox” provides the guidance needed to kick an old habit and reduce or eliminate sugar cravings.
    Photo courtesy of Victory Belt Publishing

Total Hands-On Time: 40 min

Preparation Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 25 min

Yield: 4 servings

21-Day Sugar Detox (Victory Belt Publishing, 2013), by Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC, is a go-to guide to kick your sugar cravings. Sanfilippo, is a nutrition consultant and New York Times best-selling author whose writings have focused on whole food, paleo, and anti-inflammatory diets. This excerpt shares a recipe for delicious meatballs.


  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 2 to 3 drops fish sauce (optional)
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions (scallions)
  • 1 teaspoon minced or grated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound ground pork or turkey
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds, for garnish
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges, for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the coconut aminos, fish sauce (if using), green onions, garlic, ginger, salt, and pepper. Add the meat to the bowl and mix to thoroughly combine with the seasonings. Form the meat into 16 1-ounce meatballs.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes on a rimmed baking sheet. Remove from the oven and garnish with white sesame seeds and lime wedges before serving.

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Reprinted with permission from 21-Day Sugar Detox by Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC, and published by Victory Belt Publishing, 2013.