vegan meatballs with sambal and kecap manis

Vegan meatballs

We have discovered a new meat substitute and we are immediately huge fans! Did you ever tried the plant based minced meat made by the Danish brand Naturli? You can use it just like the traditional mince.

The main ingredient is GMO-free soybeans, very nutritious because it contains 36 grams protein per 100 grams. Furthermore, there is added coconut oil, tomato, penny bun, beetroot (for the colour), and almond. And I am happy to see not much salt has been added, 1.2 grams per 100 grams. 

The animal free minced meat is very similar to the animal version, but less bloody which of course makes sense. It looks raw, it feels sticky and it has a meat-like structure. You can use the mince for an enormous number of dishes such as spaghetti, burgers, tacos, chili con carne and lasagna.

Years ago, when we still ate meat sometimes, we used to make meat balls once in a while. In this recipe I used the same ingredients (besides the mince), only without egg and breadcrumbs. And I have to say, the first thing I notice is that the Naturli mince is much easier to process than the minced meat made from animal. It sticks so good together and with baking it doesn’t fall apart either. That’s a huge plus!

You can season the mince as you wish. I added sambal,  sweet soy sauce and onion. But you can use mustard or Italian herbs for example.

What we also really like about this product is that Naturli thought about an environmentally friendly packaging as well, since it is made from 80% recycled plastic!


  • Naturli plant based minced meat, 400 grams (we bought it at the Albert Heijn)
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek
  • 1 tablespoon kecap manis / sweet soy sauce
  • 1 white onion, minced
  • ground pepper
Package Naturli meat •
Naturli minced meat
Raw Naturli mince mixed with onion •
Mixing ingredients
Raw plant based meatballs •
Shaping meatballs


  1. Take the Naturli minced meat from the package and put it in a large bowl.
  2. Add the onion, sweet soy sauce, sambal and a pinch of pepper. Mix all ingredients with your hands or 2 forks.
  3. Shape with your hands little balls or just your desired size and place them separately on a plate. I made 22 balls, I estimate you can make 5 large balls from it.
  4. Heat some oil in a large skillet and fry the meatballs over medium heat. Keep turning around till all sides are brown.
  5. We combined the vegan meatballs with veggies from the oven, but you can combine it in all kinds of dishes.


  • Perfect to eat it as a snack as well!
Veggie dish •
vegan meatballs with sambal and kecap manis
Animal free balls •
vegan meatballs with sambal and kecap manis
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