Keto Sweet and Sour Crispy Pork Balls

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  • prep time

    prep time

    20 min

  • cook time

    cook time

    18 min

  • ready time

    ready time

    38 min

Keto Sweet and Sour Crispy Pork Balls

This Keto Chinese inspired recipe is our take on crispy fried pork balls. These seasoned Keto pork balls are breaded in a delicious sesame crumb then oven-baked until golden and served with a sweet and tangy dipping sauce. This makes a great addition to a Keto Chinese inspired meal, perfect for sharing, served as an appetizer or as a main alongside your favorite Keto sides.

What Can I Use Instead of Pork?

We have used ground pork to prepare the meatball base and to complement our seasonings. However, if you would prefer not to use pork then this can be swapped directly for ground chicken or turkey. If you are able to source ground thigh meat, this is the best option as the fat content will deliver more flavor and prevent the meatballs from becoming dry. Please be sure to adjust your macros to account for any changes made to the recipe.

Can I Fry the Meatballs?

We have chosen to oven bake these Keto crispy pork balls to give an even bake throughout and a perfectly golden crumb. Alternatively, you may shallow fry the pork balls over a medium heat in oil or even cook them through in an air fryer. You will need to adjust the cooking times as necessary for your chosen cooking method, just be sure the pork is entirely cooked through and the outer crumb is crisp and golden all over.

  • Net Carbs

    1.3 g

  • Fiber

    1.6 g

  • Total Carbs

    5.3 g

  • Protein

    10.4 g

  • Fats

    9.2 g

139 cals

Keto Sweet and Sour Crispy Pork Balls

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  • Ground Pork

    Ground Pork

    9 ounce

  • Sesame Seeds

    Sesame Seeds

    2 tablespoon, whole pieces

  • Almonds, Raw

    Almonds, Raw

    2 tablespoon, ground

  • Tomato Sauce

    Tomato Sauce

    1 tablespoon

  • Tamari Sauce

    Tamari Sauce

    1 tablespoon

  • Cilantro


    1 tablespoon

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

    Apple Cider Vinegar

    1 teaspoon

  • Scallions


    1 large

  • Garlic, Fresh

    Garlic, Fresh

    1 clove

  • Raw Egg

    Raw Egg

    1 large

  • Maple Flavored Syrup by Lakanto

    Maple Flavored Syrup by Lakanto

    ½ tablespoon

  • Garlic Powder

    Garlic Powder

    ¼ teaspoon

  • Salt, Sea Salt

    Salt, Sea Salt

    ¼ teaspoon

  • Black Pepper

    Black Pepper

    ⅛ teaspoon

Recipe Steps

steps 5

38 min

  • Step 1

    Finely chop the cilantro. Thinly slice the scallion and crush the garlic. Add the ground pork to a mixing bowl. Add the cilantro, scallion, garlic and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Mix together thoroughly with your hands.
    Step 1
  • Step 2

    Crack the egg into a small bowl. Beat until smooth and well combined. Add the ground almonds, sesame seeds and a pinch of salt and pepper to a separate bowl. Mix together well to combine. This will be your breading mixture. You will not need too much salt to season the breading as the dipping sauce will be quite salty.
    Step 2
  • Step 3

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly oil a shallow oven tray. Divide the pork mixture into 8 even portions and roll each individual portion into a ball. Take one meatball and coat it liberally in the beaten egg. Then roll the meatball in the breading mixture so that it is well coated all over in the seasoned crumb. Repeat this process with each meatball until they are all coated in a layer of breading. If you need more breading, prepare as required, factoring any additional ingredients into your macros.
    Step 3
  • Step 4

    Arrange the meatballs across the prepared oven tray. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes or until the pork is completely cooked through. The sesame crumb should be crisp and golden all over.
    Step 4
  • Step 5

    While the meatballs are cooking you can prepare the dipping sauce. Add the garlic powder, passata (tomato sauce), tamari sauce, maple flavored syrup and apple cider vinegar to a small bowl. Stir together until smooth and well combined. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired, adjusting your macros for any changes. Serve the dipping sauce with the crispy meatballs.
    Step 5