Sesame Pork Meatballs with Cucumber Salad

Pork meatballs with sesame and soy served with a light cucumber carrot salad.



Pork Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha or gochujang (or more to taste)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • ¾ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Cucumber Salad:

  • 1 large English cucumber, shaved
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and shaved
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Pinch coarse salt and crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a baking sheet fitted with a wire rack with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. To make meatballs, thoroughly mix all of the meatball ingredients together in a bowl. Form 2-inch meatballs and place on the wire rack about an inch apart.
  3. Bake 15-18 minutes, until internal temperature of meatballs reaches 145 degrees.
  4. To make cucumber salad, toss together all ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
  5. Serve salad with meatballs.


Substitution Tip: Use ground turkey instead of pork for a lower fat option.


Keywords: oven, baked, asian, simple, easy, healthy