Baked Teriyaki Meatballs with Roasted Broccoli

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Baked Teriyaki Meatballs with Roasted Broccoli
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Meatballs for Dinner

These baked teriyaki meatballs will make your weeknight dinner dreams come true. Served up with broccoli and covered in a soy sauce and honey glaze, they’re the perfect quick and satisfying meal.

Baked Teriyaki Meatballs with Roasted Broccoli

I’m so excited to be sharing another quick and easy meal with you. Baked teriyaki meatballs with roasted broccoli! As a mom to a new baby who also has two older kids who can be difficult to please come meal time, I’m always thankful for recipes that are easy and low effort. This meal just so happens to be everything I want in a weeknight dinner.

These pork meatballs are sweet with a small kick of heat (fully adjustable for even your pickiest eater) and the recipe makes enough to freeze some for later. Dinner for tonight AND another day in the future? Sign me up.

Baked Teriyaki Meatballs with Roasted Broccoli

After almost 5 years of blogging, Natalie and I are finally figuring out what kinds of recipes you guys love to use for your dinners and what keeps you all coming back for more inspiration. We’ve discovered that our one-pot dishes, sheet pan dinners, and soups are very high on the list, but you LOVE our meatballs and curry dishes. Who knew?! 

Baked Teriyaki Meatballs with Roasted Broccoli

So, while I have your attention (Hello CURRY + MEATBALLS) I’m happy to tell you that we are committed to sharing even more easy homemade meatball recipes. Below are some tried and true favorites that we’ve featured over the years. (Because really...who doesn’t love a good meatball?)

You might notice that ALL of the meatball dishes listed above are cooked by simmering in a sauce or broth. I am proud to announce that THESE teriyaki meatballs with roasted broccoli are the first homemade baked meatballs that we have ever put on the blog. (I can almost hear the applause now.)

Baked Teriyaki Meatballs with Roasted Broccoli

I’m not sure how we are just now sharing a recipe for baked meatballs, but let me tell you, this is a great recipe to start with. You might be wondering what the key to making the perfect meatballs at home is, so here’s a few of our favorites tricks:

How do I make baked homemade meatballs?

  • Using fatty meats means a more tender meatball. We used ground pork for these.
  • Use a bowl of water to wet your hands as you roll the meatballs. This is key to creating a smooth and uniform meatball.
  • Use a rimmed pan. You don’t want any meatballs falling off the pan do you? Trust us on this one.
Baked Teriyaki Meatballs with Roasted Broccoli

Now that you know some tips, let’s get to the actual ingredients! We used ginger, garlic and scallions in this recipe, giving these meatballs an Asian flare. They pair perfectly with our teriyaki sauce made of honey, soy sauce, chili paste, lime juice, and of course more ginger and garlic.

How do I make good tasting meatballs?

  • For a meatball with great texture use eggs and breadcrumbs. We opted for panko in this recipe.
  • Use a small frying pan to cook off a little of your seasoned meatball mixture for taste testing. There’s nothing worse than a bland meatball. Fix your mistakes before it’s too late.
  • Use a cookie scoop or a (heaping) tablespoon to ensure all the meatballs stay the same size. They will cook more evenly this way
Baked Teriyaki Meatballs with Roasted Broccoli

We are certain that if you stick to the recipe these meatballs will make everyone around your table very happy indeed.  Be sure to invite some friends, family, or maybe a neighbor kid or two over when you make this dish. It’s a real crowd pleaser!

If you do end up trying it and love it, we’d love to hear about it. Be sure to snap a photo, add it to your Instagram feed or stories and tag @themodernproper and #themodernproper if you do. We’d love for you to leave a comment on the post and be sure to tell your friends where you discovered the recipe!

Baked Teriyaki Meatballs with Roasted Broccoli

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 lbs ground pork
4 eggs
1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup panko bread crumbs
3 scallions light and dark parts, thinly sliced
1 tsp salt
1 lb broccoli florets
cilantro, chopped, optional

Teriyaki Sauce

¾ cup soy sauce
⅓ cup honey
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
1 tbsp chili paste
¼ cup fresh lime juice

Method

* This recipe makes 35 (golf ball) sized meatballs.

  1. Heat oven to 400° F. In a stand mixer or using your hands, mix all ingredients for the meatballs until fully incorporated. Using a cookie scoop or heaping tablespoon, measure out roughly 35 meatballs. * Dipping your hand into a bowl of water before rolling them will make the meatball surface smooth. Transfer the meatballs along with the broccoli to 2 lightly oiled parchment-lined rimmed baking sheets.
  2. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, rotating the pans half way through.
  3. Meanwhile, bring soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, chili paste and lime juice to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened and foamy on top, about 10 minutes. Let cool.
  4. Once the sauce has cooled and thickened a bit, pour it over the meatballs and roasted broccoli. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve.

** Teriyaki sauce can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Meatballs can be formed 1 days ahead. Cover with plastic wrap on a rimmed baking sheet and chill.