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Pork Teriyaki Sheet Pan Meatballs

Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Low Carb/Paleo
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Why we love it:

Meatballs may require rolling, but baking them all at once on a sheet pan keeps this an easy weeknight meal. The rich, sticky teriyaki sauce is simple to make from scratch and will surely become a family favorite.


  • 1 cup Basmati Rice (White)
  • 14 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 114 cups Water
  • 4 cloves Garlic (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Ginger
  • 4 Green Onions
  • 114 pounds Ground Pork
  • 1 Egg
  • 12 cup Soy Sauce
  • 12 teaspoon Cornstarch
  • 14 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Lime (zest and juice)
  • 1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 1 pound Green Beans
  • 1 teaspoon White Sesame Seeds

Cooking Instructions

  • 2. RICE

    Combine the rice, salt, and water in a pot. Bring to a boil. Stir well then reduce low and cover. Steam for 18 minutes, then turn off heat and stir. Let sit until ready to eat.

  • 3. PORK

    Mince the garlic (and set half of it aside). Mince ginger; add to a bowl with half of the garlic. Slice the green onions thinly and add to the bowl; reserve some of the dark greens for garnish. Add the pork and egg. Using clean hands mix to combine well.

    Dip your hands in water and roll golf ball sized meatballs; place on a lined baking sheet.

    Place into the oven and roast for 6 minutes. Slide open the oven and turn the meatballs; roast for another 6 minutes.


    In a small pot, combine the soy sauce, cornstarch, brown sugar, and zest and juice of the lime. Add the rest of the garlic, too. Whisk well to dissolve the cornstarch and set over medium heat. When it simmers, whisk often and as soon as thickened, about 45 seconds, turn off the heat. Add the butter and whisk until it’s melted. Set aside.


    Meanwhile, trim the ends off the beans.

  • 6. SAUCE

    When the meatballs have been turned and roasted, slide out the pan. Roll the meatballs to one side and pour the sauce over top; roll to coat. Add the beans to the side that’s now empty.

    Return pan to oven and bake for 5 - 7 minutes or until the meatballs are sticky and well coated and the beans are tender and cooked through.

  • 7. SERVING

    Serve a bed of rice, topped with meatballs and extra sauce. Beans on the side. Top with sesame seeds and more green onion.

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  • PORK:
    use ground chicken, turkey, or beef
  • RICE:
    serve over rice noodles or quinoa or zoodles
    soy vey makes a great bottled teriyaki or use your favorite one
  • SUGAR:
    honey is a good substitute
    seasonal sugar snap or snow peas, zucchini or asparagus or steamed bok choy

Kid Friendly Version

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How to Tweak This Recipe for Kids:

  • Omit sesame seeds and green onion from the top
  • Serve beans with extra butter and maybe some extra sauce for dipping
  • If sauce is a concern, keep roasting their meatballs without sauce and serve plain; they can dip into the sauce to taste it
  • If green beans won’t fly, add a green vegetable or carrots that will be ok and they can just taste a bean

For Toddlers

  • Serve less sauce over theirs and mash up the meatball into smaller pieces
  • Slice up beans into little rounds

For Choosy Eaters

  • Keep the sauce off, or sub for a sauce they do like - yogurt sauces, BBQ and ketchup will taste good
  • Try a green bean but add fruit or a vegetable they do like for comfort

Prep Ahead & Use It Up

  1. The pork mix can be made and refrigerated for 24 hours, either formed or not – just seal it airtight
  2. Teriyaki holds for a month in the fridge
  3. Cook rice ahead 
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