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Easy Teriyaki Meatballs

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Approx. 28-30 meatballs
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Asian


Easy Teriyaki Meatballs – a simple and delicious weeknight dinner! Serve with cauliflower rice, regular rice and feel free to add in some veggies!




  • 1 pound ground beef (I used 80/20)
  • Approx. 1 lb of ground pork
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Teriyaki Sauce

  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon tapioca starch


  • 12 cups broccoli florets (optional)
  • cauliflower rice


  1. Combine ground beef, ground pork, ground black pepper, onion powder and garlic powder in medium mixing bowl. Use your hands to fully combine.
  2. Take approximately 1.5 tablespoons of the meat mixture and roll into a ball. Continue until all of the meat mixture is used.
  3. Bring a large cast iron skillet to medium high heat and add the meatballs. Allow to cook for 2-3 minutes and then use a pair of tongs to flip. Continue moving the meatballs around as they cook.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan add the Teriyaki Sauce ingredients EXCEPT THE TAPIOCA STARCH (you will add that later) and let simmer while the meatballs are cooking.
  5. Once the meatballs are fully cooked (approximately 15 minutes) remove them from the cast iron skillet and place on a large plate; set aside.
  6. Pour the Teriyaki Sauce into the cast iron skillet and bring back to a simmer. Add the tapioca starch and use a whisk to combine. Continue simmering and stirring to allow the sauce to thicken, about 2-3 minutes.
  7. If you are adding any vegetables, add them now and allow them to cook slightly.  The add the meatballs back into the pan and stir to coat them with the sauce.
  8. Serve immediately with cauliflower rice.


  • I wouldn’t recommend seasoning the meatballs with any salt, the Teriyaki Sauce is coconut aminos-based and has a salty flavor, especially after it reduces.  I would taste the final product first before adding any salt.
  • Feel free to serve over cauliflower rice if Whole30/Paleo.
  • If you aren’t concerned with Whole30/Paleo you could serve over rice or even noodles.