How to pan fry or bake meatballs

Updated July 20, 2017

Meatballs are a hearty favourite for many families. They can be added to your favourite tomato sauce to create a spaghetti and meatball dinner or even eaten without sauce. Meatballs should be browned on all sides for best flavour. You can accomplish this by pan frying or baking them in the oven. Baking the meatballs is easiest with less mess, but pan frying gives a crunchy crust and added flavour.

Coat the bottom of the frying pan with a thin layer of oil. Turn the heat to "Medium-High." When the oil is hot, place the meatballs carefully in the frying pan. Use a splatter screen, if available, to prevent the hot oil from splattering all over the stove.

Use a spatula to turn the meatballs. Once the meatballs have browned, turn them and cook all sides until each side is browned. Browning the meatballs gives them added flavour.

Bake meatballs in a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven. A simple method for making meatballs is baking them in the oven. Drizzle a thin layer of oil on the bottom of the roasting pan. Place the meatballs into the roasting pan and place the pan in the oven. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until browned. Turn the meatballs over after 15 to 20 minutes.

Add pan fried or roasted meatballs to pasta sauce. Meatballs can also be eaten without any sauce, if desired.


Place the meatballs in the hot oil carefully. Oil can splatter and cause burns.

Things You'll Need

  • Meatballs
  • Olive or vegetable oil
  • Non-stick frying pan
  • Splatter screen (optional)
  • Spatula
  • Roasting pan
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About the Author

Jodi Buttarazzi has been writing professionally since 2008. She has contributed articles and content for online publications such as Merchant Circle, drawing on her experience of food and wine owning and operating a fine-dining restaurant in Houston. She is pursuing a career in the health-care industry and is working toward a Bachelor of Science in health-care management at the University of Phoenix.