Pork Shumai Meatballs (Low Carb and Gluten Free)

pork shumai meatballs low carb and gluten freeThe pork parade continues with this week’s low carb Meatball Monday recipe!  We’re going Asian this week, with a meatball recipe based on the filling of a pork shumai dumpling.

Traditionally there are many flavor options for a shumai or dumpling filling.  I used primarily ginger, mushrooms and scallions in this recipe – and I think it works well for these.

I’m not going to lie, I missed the silky texture of the dumpling wrapper when eating them.  If you can get it out of your head that they are dumplings though, and just focus on the crunchy texture and rich flavors, you can enjoy them for what they are.  And they really are delicious.

The meatballs are very flavorful alone, but of course the dipping sauce is what makes them fun and more authentic feeling, especially if you eat them with chopsticks!

Just don’t drop one onto the floor like I did while shooting these photos!  It rolled under a bookcase, and after I fished it out with a broom handle it was wearing a puffy white coat of cat hair.   It looked so funny I almost took a picture of it, but figured I’d spare you that visual.  (Note to self:  vacuum under the furniture more often.)

pork shumai meatballs with dipping sauce

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Since they aren’t very saucy on their own, these freeze very well.  I recommend making a double (or triple!) batch, and freezing them in single serving portions. This works great for me when I’m heading out and plan to be running errands for awhile.  Then I can literally eat these right out of the bag with my fingers, if necessary – and I have!  It’s saved me from running the drive thru gauntlet more than once!

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Pork Shumai Meatballs (Low Carb and Gluten Free)

Yield: 20 meatballs

Serving Size: 4 meatballs

Pork Shumai Meatballs (Low Carb and Gluten Free)

A low carb and gluten free meatball recipe inspired by the filling of a pork shumai dumpling.


    For the Meatballs:
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup minced mushrooms
  • 2 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup minced scallions
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 Tbsp gluten free soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1 Tbsp oil for frying
  • For the Dipping Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar (not "seasoned" which contains sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp gluten free soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar substitute
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes


    For the Meatballs:
  • Combine all of the meatball ingredients, and mix thoroughly. Form into 20 meatballs. Fry in oil in a nonstick pan over medium heat, until golden brown and cooked through - about 3 - 4 minutes per side. Remove and serve with dipping sauce.
  • For the Dipping Sauce:
  • Whisk together all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Serve with meatballs


Approximate nutrition information: Per naked meatball: 76 calories, 6g fat, .5g net carbs, 5g protein Per serving (4) meatballs: 304 calories, 24g fat, 2g net carbs, 20g protein Per serving (4) with sauce: 319 calories, 25g fat, 2.8g net carbs, 20g protein

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  1. Danielle says

    i honestly can’t believe i didn’t think of this already because for years i’ve just been peeling the wrappers off my gyoza/dumplings. i’ll be making these this week!

  2. says

    Mmmm, these sound fabulous! One thing I really miss is pork potstickers and I think these would satisfy that craving! Definitely trying them this weekend!

  3. Kathy says

    I love the other meatball recipes, can’t wait to try these. Since I have house bunnies, if I drop one, it will also be covered in fur and I’ll send you a photo of the hareball!

  4. Sweet t says

    Yum! I wonder if wrapping them in a steamed chard leaf could fill in for the missing wrapper. Not quite the same texture of course, but i may try it anyway :)

  5. says

    These look fabulous, Mellissa. You’re having me crave meatballs once again!

    I have a question about your carb calculation. You always mention net carbs. This means that you remove all fiber content from your carb content, is that correct? So the actual carb content is somewhat higher than that which you publish?

    When counting carbs, do people usually detract fiber content from their total? You see, the thing is I’m trying to reduce my carb intake, but refuse to lower my consumption of vegetables, which makes it somewhat hard to stay below the 75g mark if I’m going to include fiber in the count…

    Thanks for your help!

    • says

      Yes Sonia, I always work in net carbs, which deducts the fiber. I try to stay under 20 net carbs a day when I’m being really strict, but I need my veggies and if I included fiber carbs I wouldn’t be getting nearly enough! I find it relatively easy to stay at 20g net carbs even with veggies – as long as I’m not eating starchy veggies. When I’m in maintenance mode, or doing the Whole 30, I add back sweet potatoes and plantains and still manage to lose weight though. I’m going to do the Whole 30 again in September – looking forward to it! :)

  6. says

    Thanks a lot for the info, Mellissa. I don’t know how you do it, though. I’ll start counting net carbs to see if there is a significant difference, but so far, I find it hard to stay below that 75g mark, even though I don’t really do starchy veggies all that often…

    Mind you, lately, I’ve been having a lot of jicama, butternut squash and plantain. That truly doesn’t help!

    So when you start your Whole30, I will have just finished mine… and I’ll be enjoying some cauliflower crust pizza and paleo chocolate chunk cookies… After 62 days of Whole30, I’m sure that my brain will welcome the break! :)

    • says

      Waste not want not, eh? Ha! :) Even 2.0 would have balked at this one – it was more hair than meatball – kind of like saturn with a giant halo of cat hair. I really should have taken a picture…

  7. frustratedslimmer says

    May I make a suggestion for a “Dumpling Wrap”? I made Lasagne with sheets of Leek instead of pasta – the texture of the leek when it was par boiled was kind of silky/slimy, like a cooked dumpling… Aaaaand… Experiment! No seriously, I love your blog – lost 2 stone using your recipes and ideas!

  8. Patti B. says

    Mellissa, I made a triple batch like you do and so glad I did. These were a hit and a great grab and go snack or mea isl now in the freezer. Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Monika P. says

    I am going to make these tomorrow. Just took a Pork Butt out of the freezer and will grind some of it up in my trusty K.A. I will let you know how the other half likes them, I know I will.
    Love the pancakes, I make them in an electric Pie baker so they are like siver dollar pancakes I made way back when.

  10. Jean B. says

    What a great idea!!!! I have been thinking about how to make low-carb dim sum for years and don’t know why this never occurred to me. I am so glad it DID occur to YOU! Thanks!


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