Easy Pan-Fried Meatballs (Grain-Free)

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February 8, 2016

Meatballs are one of the easiest meals to make and they're always a crowd-pleaser. This recipe is grain-free and uses one egg as a binder. Using clarified butter to pan-fry the meatballs ensures that you get the best flavor!

  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • 25 mins

    15 mins

    40 mins

  • Yields: 4 Servings


1 lb 100% grass-fed ground beef, thawed

1 egg, beaten

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped

1 tablespoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/3 teaspoon cardamom

1/2 teaspoon sumac (optional)

3 tablespoons EatLuv clarified butter, melted

1 teaspoon unrefined salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper


1Thaw the beef in the fridge on a tray (usually thaws overnight). For a faster method, submerge meat with bag in cold water for a couple of hours.

2A food processor will make this step easier, but we’ve also done it successfully by hand. Break an egg into a food processor, and add a roughly chopped onion and the fresh parsley. Turn on to blend. Add the spices and salt and pepper.

3Remove the meat from the package and add to a separate bowl. Pour the mixture of onions and spices into the bowl with the meat. Using your hand or a large fork, mix everything well to incorporate. We just use our hand to squeeze everything together so the flavors are all thoroughly incorporated.

4Divide the meat mixture into four and from each section, you’ll make about 3-4 meatballs of similar size.

5Turn heat on medium high and melt the clarified butter in a skillet.

6As soon as the clarified butter has melted, add the raw meatballs one by one avoiding any splattering. Depending on the size of your skillet, you can probably fit about half the meatballs at a time.

7Cook on one side for 4 minutes, then flip over with a spatula and cook the other side for another 4 minutes. Each side should be nicely browned but not burnt. Not all stovetops are the same, so if you find the meatballs are not cooking on the inside, lower the heat and keep for a few minutes longer. Once cooked, transfer cooked batch to a platter.

8Cook the second batch of meatballs the same way.

9Serve meatballs warm. They're delicious with pasta or next to roasted veggies.


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