Gluten Free Hoisin Glazed Turkey Meatballs

Gluten Free Hoisin Glazed Turkey Meatballs at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet -

This month’s Secret Recipe Club assignment was to post a recipe from Join Us, Pull Up a Chair. (Isn’t that a great name for a blog?) It was really hard to decide what to pick! I finally settled on Hoisin Glazed Meatballs. These caught my eye because I love hoisin sauce, and wanted to make a gluten free version since most store bought hoisin sauces contain wheat.

How to make gluten free hoisin sauce

You can’t believe how incredibly easy it is to make your own gluten free hoisin sauce! The recipe below is adapted from Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook, It’s All Good, which I found at One Hungry Mama’s blog. Surprisingly I already had all the ingredients in my kitchen, from Chinese 5-spice, to the red miso paste and brown rice vinegar.

You can find red miso paste at Asian markets and health food stores. Trader Joe’s now carries a mild yellow miso paste, which you could probably use instead, though it will affect the color. You can also use regular rice vinegar instead of brown rice vinegar, but the brown rice vinegar contributes to getting a more authentic color as well.

I used agave nectar, but you can use maple or sorghum syrup instead. Dark local honey from the farmer’s market would also be a delicious option.

The perfect gluten free party appetizer! Hoisin Glazed Turkey Meatballs at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.comHeather originally adapted her recipe from one she found at Healthy Seasonal Recipes. I made a few changes as well, like doubling it since I believe in lots of leftovers. (Or you can freeze half for another time.) Also, I agreed with Heather that the original recipe needed more hoisin sauce. However, I didn’t feel the need for adding cilantro and lime juice to it as the hoisin sauce was just about perfect. (Plus, many people don’t like cilantro.)

I served my Gluten Free Hoisin Glazed Turkey Meatballs on Chinese vermicelli cellophane noodles, which are naturally gluten free since they’re made from mung beans. You can serve the meatballs on any type of thin gluten free noodle, rice, or even quinoa. Serve the meatballs with a side of stir fry veggies for a complete meal.

Hoisin Glazed Turkey Meatballs also make a terrific gluten free party appetizer, too! Serve the hoisin meatballs with toothpicks and some extra hoisin dipping sauce on the side. Or put four or five meatballs on skewers for easier serving!

Gluten Free Hoisin Glazed Turkey Meatballs at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet -

Gluten Free Hoisin Glazed Turkey Meatballs


For the Gluten Free Turkey Meatballs:

  • 4 tablespoons gluten free soy sauce or tamari sauce
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 4 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons stevia, Swerve Sweetener or Monkfruit in the Raw
  • 2 tablespoons rice starch or cornstarch
  • 8 scallions (green onions) 4 minced plus 4 more, thinly sliced for a garnish
  • 1 (8 ounce) can drained, finely chopped water chestnuts
  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup gluten free hoisin sauce (see below)

For the Gluten Free Hoisin Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1/2 cup red miso paste, preferably organic
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons brown rice vinegar


For the Gluten Free Turkey Meatballs:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 to 3 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the tamari soy sauce, sesame oil, grated ginger, red pepper flakes, and sugar substitute. Stir in rice starch or cornstarch until smooth.
  3. Stir in the 4 minced scallions and chopped water chestnuts, then add the ground turkey. Mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  4. Using a tablespoon sized ice cream scoop, drop the turkey mixture in rounded tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Lightly coat the meatballs with cooking spray and transfer to the oven.
  6. Bake until the meatballs are completely cooked through, approximately 15-20 minutes until they start to turn gold and brown on the edges.
  7. While the meatballs are cooking, make the hoisin sauce.
  8. Add the cooked hot meatballs to the hoisin sauce. (You may need to do this in batches.) Gently stir to coat.
  9. Serve meatballs over gluten free noodles or rice. Sprinkle the remaining sliced scallions over the top.

For the Gluten Free Hoisin Sauce:

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and Chinese five-spice powder. Stir and cook for 15-20 seconds, until fragrant.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir miso paste until it dissolves and the sauce is smooth.
  3. Turn heat up to medium high. Stirring constantly, bring to a slow boil, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until the hoisin sauce has thickened. Remove from heat.
Prep Time: 45 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour
Servings: Serves 8. Makes approximately 70 meatballs and 1 cup of gluten free hoisin sauce
  • Serving size: 8-9 meatballs per person

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