These juicy keto meatballs are perfect for healthy meal prep. Make a big batch and freeze them so that you can enjoy easy keto dinners whenever you need. Cook from frozen or thaw them in advance.
Okay, first off let me just say that these are hands down the best keto meatballs I have ever made. And I’ve made a lot of meatballs in my day!
But these are so incredibly juicy, with just the right seasonings, and they’re ideal for make-ahead keto meals. You can use them in any recipe that normally calls for frozen meatballs.
Toss them into your favorite keto soup recipes, or bake them into a casserole. Or simply warm them up and serve as a tasty appetizer.
Meatball meal prep
I think of myself as someone who doesn’t really meal prep, but that’s not strictly true. Whenever I make something like meatballs, keto chili, or even keto lasagna, I make a double or triple batch.
And then I pop it in the freezer for one of those panicky dinner days, when I have no idea what to feed my family.
I’ve also been frustrated on several occasions when I just want to buy a bag of frozen meatballs to toss over some zucchini noodles. Even the gluten-free ones have a remarkable amount of carbs.
So I decided it was time to make the perfect freezable keto meatballs to streamline my dinner prep.
What makes these meatballs so good?
I am not kidding when I say I studied a number of meatball recipes to perfect these ones. I wanted to know how to get really juicy, moist meatballs that didn’t lose their round shape during cooking.
And I wanted meatballs that were sturdy enough to keep their shape and flavor during the freezing process.
One trick I picked up along the way was to soak the filler with some liquid first, to lock in the moisture. For conventional meatballs, it’s usually breadcrumbs and milk.
For these keto meatballs, I experimented with the almond flour cracker crumbs from RealPhat Foods, and added heavy cream. But plain almond flour or crushed pork rinds would be great substitutes.
And it worked like a charm! The meatballs were extra juicy and they stayed nice and round.
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How to make meatballs for meal prep
Meatballs are always a labor of love, since you have to shape each one by hand. But once they’re done, you’ve got a delicious and easy dinner option.
- Soak the filler: This little trick is a really great way to lock in moisture and make extra juicy keto meatballs. You can use keto bread crumbs, keto cracker crumbs, almond flour, or crushed pork rinds.
- Mix with your hands: You really have to get your hands dirty when you make meatballs. It’s the only good way to break up the ground meat and mix in the other ingredients.
- Form into balls: You should get about 48 to 52 meatballs from this recipe.
- Bake through completely: The meatballs need to be fully cooked to make them safe for freezing. Then let them cool completely.
- Flash freeze: Once the cooked meatballs are completely cool, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Make sure they aren’t touching each other, then place in the freezer until frozen solid.
- Store in freezer-safe containers: Place the frozen meatballs in a heavy duty resealable freezer bag or another airtight container, to avoid freezer burn.
- Cook from frozen: The best part about these meal prep meatballs is that you can add them to your favorite recipes straight from the freezer or you can let them thaw. Regardless of how you do it, make sure to heat them through completely.
How to serve keto meal prep meatballs
Use these delicious meatballs in any recipe that calls for the frozen variety. Here are some great ideas:
- Add to Keto Italian Wedding Soup
- Use in Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs
- Chop up and put on Keto Pizza
- Make some Meatballs alla Parmagiana
- Wrap in bacon for a Sweet & Spicy appetizer
And I have a delicious keto meatball casserole recipe coming very soon!
Frequently Asked Questions
Sure! Just use coconut cream in place of the heavy cream and leave out the Parmesan.
Crushed pork rinds work well, as does sunflower seed flour. I do not recommend coconut flour, as it will make the meatballs very dry.
Keto Meatballs Recipe
- Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
- In a large bowl, combine the cracker crumbs and heavy whipping cream. Let sit 10 minutes to thicken, then whisk in the eggs, garlic, Parmesan, parsley, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
- Add the ground beef and ground pork, breaking up and mixing into the other ingredients with your hands, until well combined.
- Lightly grease your hands with olive or avocado oils. Roll the mixture into 1 ½ inch balls (you should get 48 to 52 balls). Place in a single layer in large glass or ceramic baking dishes. You can also line rimmed baking sheets with parchment or foil.
- Bake 18 to 20 minutes, or until the meatballs reach 160ºF on an instant read thermometer.
- Let the meatballs cool completely, then spread out, not touching one another, on a rimmed baking sheet and freeze until firm.
- Transfer to a heavy duty freezer bag or an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.
- Remove as many meatballs as you would like for a meal. Cook from frozen or let thaw, then cook as desired.