Asian Meatballs with Sesame Lime Dipping Sauce


From the May 2007 issue of Gourmet Magazine, this Asian meatballs with sesame lime dipping sauce recipe was featured (and trialed) on Paper Palate, by Kristen Doyle.  We have altered it only slightly, by changing the first ingredient of milk to milk alternative.

“Enlivened with crisp water chestnuts and fresh cilantro, these delicate Asian-inspired veal and pork meatballs are a world away from their Italian counterpart — but they’re just as moist and irresistible.”

Special Diet Notes: Asian Meatballs with Sesame Lime Dipping Sauce

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, optionally nut-free, and peanut-free.

For a gluten-free: use GF bread crumbs and wheat-free Tamari in place of the soy sauce.

Asian Meatballs with Sesame Lime Dipping Sauce
Serves: 4
  • ¼ cup dairy-free milk beverage
  • ¼ cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • ¾ pound ground pork
  • ¾ pound ground veal
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup canned sliced water chestnuts, rinsed, drained, and finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro plus
  • ¼ cup sprigs
  • 5 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Accompaniment: steamed white rice
  1. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 500°F.
  2. Pour milk over bread crumbs in a large bowl and stir until liquid is absorbed. Add ground meat, egg, water chestnuts, salt, chopped cilantro, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and 2 teaspoons oil and mix with your hands until combined well. Shape 3 tablespoons meat mixture into a ball and transfer to a 13- by 9-inch glass baking dish. Make more meatballs with remaining mixture, arranging meatballs about ½ inch apart in baking dish. Bake until cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, stir together lime juice, water, sugar, remaining 4 tablespoons soy sauce, and remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a bowl until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Transfer meatballs to a serving dish. Stir sauce, then drizzle meatballs with 1 tablespoon sauce and sprinkle with cilantro sprigs.
  5. Serve meatballs with remaining sauce.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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