Saturday, February 4, 2023

My Recipe Box - Pork Meatballs with Apricot Glaze

 February 2023 - Toronto ON

Every now and then I just want meatballs. I have several recipes but I had some apricot jam I wanted to use up. You could use orange marmalade as well.

I used a jar of minced garlic, ginger and chili instead of mincing my own.



1 pound ground pork

1 tablespoon minced red onion

1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger 

1 large clove garlic, minced

¼ teaspoon salt


1 cup apricot preserves/jam or marmalade

5 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce Gluten free

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon sesame oil

2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce, or to taste

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon cornstarch
¼ cup water for making slurry with cornstarch

2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro, or to taste (Optional)
Scallions, green onions (Optional)


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix ground pork, onion, ginger, garlic, and salt together in a large bowl until well combined. Use a tablespoon-sized cookie scoop to form into meatballs. Place on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven until meatballs are cooked through, about 15 to 17 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (71 degrees C).

Meanwhile, whisk apricot preserves/jam, soy sauce, Dijon, brown sugar, sesame oil, Sriracha, and Worcestershire sauce together in a saucepan over medium-low heat until well combined. Cook until heated through, 3 to 4 minutes.

Stir cornstarch into water until dissolved, then add it to the saucepan. Cook, whisking constantly, until glaze thickens, 2 to 3 minutes.

Add meatballs to the glaze. Toss to combine and simmer for 2 minutes.

Serve warm, garnished with cilantro/scallions.


  1. My mother would vary meatballs, with Italian, Hawaiian, or Swedish styles. I even remember her using a plum sauce for them.

  2. Yes, plum would give them an Asian flavour.


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