These baked pork meatballs are so easy and quick to make, it is made with ground pork, herbs, spices, breadcrumbs, and egg. It makes about 20 pork meatballs and it's ready in 30 minutes.
These delicious little morsels are tender, juicy, and succulent and would literally melt in your mouth. Serve it with some tomato sauce over pasta or a sub roll or even as it is on a bed of everyday salad
Oven baked pork meatballs recipe
Why buy premade pork meatballs fresh or frozen when you can make yours at home in about 30 minutes or so from prep to finish? Homemade meatballs are so easy to make and they come together pretty quickly. The prep is simple and effortless and you only need a handful of ingredients.
Fresh meatballs can be cooked in many different ways pan-fried, air-fried, steamed, boiled etc. Today you will be learning how to cook pork meatballs in the oven to perfection. These are so good, you can serve them any time of the day. they are perfect for lunch, and dinner and also perfect for entertainment as an appetizer.
You will love this easy recipe because it is healthy, economical and comes together quickly. You can easily customize the meatballs to taste. This recipe can easily be doubled if you want to make more meatballs.
Promise me, you will no longer buy premade meatballs and you will be making my recipe at home henceforth. Now let's make some so that you can enjoy the succulent taste of perfection melting in your mouth.
What you will need
To make the best, tender and succulent pork meatballs you will need the following ingredients
Ground pork: this is also known as pork mince in the UK
Breadcrumbs: I used panko breadcrumbs but you can use any that you have, plain or golden.
Dried sage: this herb compliments pork so well but you can use any herbs of choice.
Smoked paprika: sub with sweet paprika
Cayenne pepper: optional
Salt and pepper
How to make pork meatballs
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or place a wire rack on the baking sheet.
In a large bowl, add ground pork, breadcrumbs, egg, Italian seasoning, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic granules, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Gently mix together until the pork mixture comes together.
Scoop the meat mixture with a small cookie dough scoop or a Tablespoon and roll the meat mixture into 1 ½ inch to 2 inches balls. You should get about 20 balls.
Place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer, spray the top with cooking oil spray and bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through.
You will know the meatballs are cooked when the internal temperature registers 160F/71C. There is no need to rest the meatballs before consuming and they can be served immediately as desired. Enjoy!
How to store and reheat
These delicious baked pork meatballs can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
You can also freeze them, once cooled, place them on a baking sheet and freeze it until solid. Then transfer the frozen meatballs into a freezer bag or container and store them for up to 3 months in the freezer.
The best way to reheat baked pork meatballs that is not already in any sauce is in the oven or air fryer, that way it doesn’t dry out.
How long to bake pork meatballs
This will depend on how big or small the meatballs are, also the temperature you cook them would also determine how long you bake them. For example, if you bake it at 375F / 190C, you would need to bake it for 18-25 minutes. If baking at 200C/400F then bake for 15-18 minutes or until the internal temperature registers 160F/71C when checked with a meat thermometer.
Can I freeze pork meatballs?
Yes, these baked pork meatballs can be frozen. After baking the pork meatballs let them cool completely and then place them on a baking sheet in a single layer and freeze for 2-3 hours to flash freeze then transfer them to a Ziploc bag. Make sure you let as much air out of the bag as possible before sealing it. When ready to use, defrost in the refrigerator and then reheat in the oven at 375F/190C for 10-12 minutes or until heated through. Enjoy!
Will this recipe work for ground beef and ground pork
Yes, you can use a combination of ground pork or ground beef for this recipe. the result will be tender and juicy meatballs that are so delicious!
Ground meat recipes you should try next
Baked Pork Meatballs
- 500 g ground pork also known as pork mince (12% fat)
- ¾ cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1 medium egg about 55g
- ½ Tablespoon garlic granules
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 2 Teaspoons dried sage or as needed
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Cayenne pepper to taste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 200C/400F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or place a wire rack on the baking sheet.
- In a large bowl, add ground pork, breadcrumbs, egg, dried sage, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic granules, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Gently mix together until the pork mixture comes together.
- Scoop the meat mixture with a small cookie dough scoop or a Tablespoon and roll the meat mixture into 1 ½ inch to 2 inches balls. You should get about 20 balls.
- Place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer, spray the top with cooking oil spray and bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through.You will know the meatballs are cooked when the internal temperature registers 160F/71C. There is no need to rest the meatballs before consuming and they can be served immediately as desired. Enjoy!
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