This post featuring my gluten-free Asian-sesame meatballs recipe includes affiliate links.
I get so annoyed when people think eating gluten-free means you have to sacrifice taste. No way is that the case. This recipe proves all those nay-sayers wrong dead wrong!
Today I want to share with you my recipe for gluten-free Asian-sesame meatballs.
This recipe makes the perfect dinner as it’s easy to make and it’s full of flavors and wonderful textures. It’s also reminiscent of something you’d make and serve prior to going gluten-free, agree?
I also love the versatility of this recipe. You can serve the meatballs over delicious rice ramen noodles, or you can serve it an appetizer during a football game. However you dish it up, I’m certain you’ll get rave reviews.
Here are a few reasons why I love this dish:
It Contains Real Ingredients: The Asian sesame meatballs are infused with sesame oil, garlic and onion – whole ingredients. You can’t go wrong when you use whole foods to infuse your foods with flavor, texture and nutrients!
It’s Kid-Friendly: The kids love this recipe as it’s very flavorful and they love meatballs. Who doesn’t love meatballs!
It’s Simple: You can make the meatballs ahead of time and freeze them for when you need them. Once the meatballs or ready, you’ll add them to your slow cooker and keep them warm until you’re ready to enjoy this dish. The next time you make this recipe, simply double the meatball portion and freeze it so you have it ready to go next time.
It’s Versatile: These meatballs can be enjoyed over rice ramen , in a hoagie sandwich, or as a stand alone appetizer. One recipe, many options. Love it!
About that Rice Ramen
I love the taste and texture of Lotus Food’s Rice Ramen. I usually buy the one made with brown rice, but as you’ll see, you can purchase Forbidden Rice ramen, and Millet and Brown Rice ramen too.
The key to making the rice ramen is to not overcook the noodles. They take just a couple of minutes to make once the water is boiled, so watch them carefully.
The rice ramen is sticky, so add a little sesame oil to them to keep them from globbing together. I also add a little Kosher salt (in addition to the sesame oil) to flavor the noodles, but you can simply use the sauce from the meatballs to flavor them if you like.
I hope you enjoy this gluten-free Asian sesame meatballs recipe as much as I do. Leave me a comment and let me know how it turns out for you!
Gluten-Free Asian Meatballs with Rice Ramen
- 1-1 1/2 lbs. organic ground turkey
- 1/2 cup gluten-free panko breadcrumbs (I used Ian's brand)
- 2 Tbsp. sesame oil
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh white or yellow onion
- 6 garlic cloves, minced (divided)
- 1 1/2 cups gluten-free BBQ sauce. (I used Organicville brand) about a 13 oz bottle
- 1/2 cup gluten-free teriyaki sauce
- 2 Tbsp. raw honey
- 4 squares gluten-free Rice Ramen by Lotus Foods
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with foil and grease. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine turkey, breadcrumbs, sesame oil, chopped onion, and 3 garlic cloves. Mix well.
Form into small meatballs - you should be able to make 24-18 balls
Place balls on baking sheet and into oven for 15 minutes.
In your slow cooker, combine BBQ sauce, teriyaki sauce, honey and 3 garlic cloves. Mix.
Add cooked balls to slow cooker and cook for 3-4 hours on low heat, stirring occasionally to ensure no burning or sticking.
Prepare gluten-free rice ramen according to instructions. Add meatballs atop ramen (or rice).
Top with sesame seeds and chopped green onion (optional).