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Pan with honey garlic meatballs and sauce

aip/paleo honey garlic meatballs (gluten-free)

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These AIP and Paleo Honey Garlic Meatballs are so juicy and flavorful! Tender meatballs are tossed with a gluten free sticky honey garlic sauce for a quick and delicious dish that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. 


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Beef Meatballs

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 TBSP fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 stalk celery, finely diced
  • 1.5 tsp sea salt
  • finely chopped basil, to garnish (optional)

Soy-Free, Gluten-Free Honey Garlic Sauce

  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 TBSP tapioca starch + 2 TBSP water



  1. Preheat oven to 425F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine beef with finely chopped fresh herbs, garlic, onion, celery and sea salt.
  3. *Using your hands, form seasoned beef into meatballs about 1.5 inches wide.
  4. Place onto parchment paper.
  5. Bake on middle rack of oven for 11 minutes.

Honey Garlic Sauce

  1. In a skillet, heat olive oil on medium heat.
  2. Add garlic and sauté until it begins to brown.
  3. Add honey**, coconut aminos, and balsamic vinegar to skillet and mix well. Allow the sauce to come to a boil.
  4. Sprinkle in pinch of salt.
  5. In a small bowl, make a slurry by combining tapioca starch with water. Add slurry to pan and whisk over heat until mixture begins to thicken.
  6. Lower heat to simmer. Keep stirring until sauce is thickened to a desired consistency.

Meatballs in Honey Garlic Sauce

  1. Add meatballs to pan.
  2. Turn heat up to medium and stir meatballs in sauce.
  3. Mix well and let sauce thicken around meatballs.
  4. Garnish with basil (optional)


*Use a tablespoon or an ice cream or cookie scoop to help make meatballs uniform.

**Use a spatula to help remove honey from measuring cup.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Baked, Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American