Asian Cabbage and Meatballs

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Asian Cabbage and Meatballs

Weeknight Asian Cabbage and Meatballs Dinner

I love trying new flavor for things, even though my comfort zone is most certainly Italian cuisine.  This Asian cabbage and meatballs recipe is a quick meal to pull together on a weeknight for the family.  You don’t even need to serve it with anything else if you don’t want (or you could serve with Asian noodles!)  I’ve got a little hack for you in this recipe as well.

First, the Meatballs

One of the best things about these pork meatballs – is that they are gluten free.  That’s right, no breadcrumbs! They also have so much flavor thanks to the soy sauce, ginger, and sesame oil.  I recommend blending all of the seasonings for the meatballs prior to mixing with the meat itself.  This should help with distribution of flavors throughout.  The level of spice in my recipe is also very mild to cater to little mouths, so feel free to kick up the red pepper flakes to 1/2 tsp or more!  Also, I highly recommend using FRESH ginger: and here is the hack!  Cut off the top and bottom of about an inch and a half of ginger.  Using a spoon, slide it down the sides to peel off the dried outer layer.

spoon ginger peeling

Once peeled, cut in half and use a garlic press to mince that sucker into the soy sauce, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes.  Use the garlic press to mince your garlic in there as well and you have meatball seasoning!

The Cooking

This meal doesn’t have many steps which makes it perfect for a weeknight dish.  After you have your meatballs formed, you’re going to saute them in a pan with a little oil (coconut, olive, or otherwise).  Then add your sliced cabbage to the pan for a few minutes.  Add some broth, cover and cook another 5 minutes.  Uncover and cook another 2 minutes and you have Asian cabbage and meatballs for dinner!

cooking cabbage

Asian Cabbage and Meatballs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Ground pork meatballs cooked with Asian seasonings and cabbage.  Served over your favorite noodle or rice.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4 people
  • 1 lb Ground Pork
  • 3 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 in Fresh Ginger, minced with garlic press!
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes, more if you like spice!
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cabbage, sliced
  • 3/4 cup Broth or Water
  • 4 Green Onions, sliced for garnish
  1. Combine pork, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes and form meatballs about 2 inches in diameter.  Slice cabbage. Prep noodles or cook rice.

  2. In a large pot, heat coconut oil over medium-high heat.  Brown the meatballs on all sides - about 5-8 minutes.  Use a slotted spoon or tongs to remove meatballs to a plate.

  3. Add cabbage to same pot and cook for 2-3 minutes stirring frequently.  Add broth on top of cabbage, return meatballs to the pot as well.  Cover the pot and cook another 5 minutes.  

  4. Remove lid and allow to simmer for another 1-2 minutes.  Serve over noodles or rice and top with sliced green onions.

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