Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


3 dozen

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
Bola-bola (Filipino-style meatballs) can be served as an appetizer or stirred into soup. Some versions of this recipe roll the meatballs in flour or bread crumbs before frying for a crisp coating. Serve plain or with a dipping sauce. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Banana ketchup, optional
  • Chopped green onions, optional


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients. Add pork; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape mixture into 1-in. balls.
    In a deep cast-iron or electric skillet, heat oil to 375°. Fry meatballs, a few at a time, until golden brown on all sides, 2-4 minutes. Drain on paper towels. If desired, serve with banana ketchup and garnish with green onions.

Nutrition Facts

1 meatball: 49 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 64mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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