A delicious recipe for Thai Turkey Meatballs in fragrant Coconut Lemongrass Sauce, is made with ground turkey and served over steamed rice or rice noodles- a healthy flavorful meal. Keto-adaptable. Video
A delicious recipe for Thai Turkey Meatballs in fragrant Coconut Lemongrass Sauce, serve with steamed rice. for a healthy flavorful meal. 

This recipe for Thai Turkey Meatballs with Coconut Lemongrass Sauce, created by chef and friend, MaryAnn Delaney instantly transports me to sunny Thailand with its fragrant aromas and fresh ingredients.

The turkey meatballs are made with ground turkey and simmered in a fragrant Coconut Lemongrass Sauce, infused with star anise, cardamom, and coriander that will make you want to lick the bowl.

Fresh lime and cilantro finish the dish giving it a beautiful brightness that I crave. Serve these as an appetizer, or with rice for dinner, or over a bowl of rice noodles, mopping up the delicious sauce.

Thai Turkey Meatballs Video

A delicious recipe for Thai Turkey Meatballs in fragrant Coconut Lemongrass Sauce, serve with steamed rice. for a healthy flavorful meal. 

Those of you who know MaryAnn, will agree when I say that she is genuinely one of the most thoughtful humans I have ever known. Her peaceful, gentle way blesses those around her, without her even being aware of it.

Her deep and soulful spirit, reminds me often, that we too have a wellspring of wisdom and insight that we can dip into if we choose to.  I feel honored to be able to witness her journey through this world …and share a little of her here.

A delicious recipe for Thai Turkey Meatballs in fragrant Coconut Lemongrass Sauce, serve with steamed rice. for a healthy flavorful meal. 

Ingredients in Turkey Meatballs

How to make Ground Turkey Meatballs

Like every good recipe, it starts with fresh, whole ingredients. Ginger, shallots, garlic, lemongrass, and whole spices- cinnamon, star anise and cardamom.

Prep and chop the shallots and garlic.

Add to a skillet and saute them until tender. Add garlic and chopped lemongrass.

Add the cooked shallots to a bowl with the ground turkey. Grate in the ginger.

Add fresh ginger and fish sauce and red chili paste.

Add fresh cilantro and optional bread crumbs.

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Mix well.

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Line a sheet pan with parchment paper, and with wet hands form turkey meatballs.

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This recipe makes about 18 two-inch meatballs.

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Place the meatballs in the fridge for 1 hour, allowing flavors to meld and meat to firm up.
Then brown them in a skillet with oil.
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When the meatballs are browned, add bruised lemongrass stalks and ginger to the same pan.

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Crush cardamom, star anise and add to the pan.

Add the cinnamon stick, turmeric, ginger pieces, coriander seeds,  coconut milk and bring to a simmer.

Slowly add the chicken stalk and simmer the meatballs over medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes. Add the fresh-squeezed lime juice and salt and pepper to taste.
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Garnish with lime zest and cilantro.
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Enjoy as an appetizer (pricking with appetizer forks)  or turn it into a meal and serve with rice or over a bowl of rice noodles.

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Either way you’ll love the flavors here!
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Thai Turkey Meatballs with Lemongrass Coconut Sauce


Description

Flavorful Thai Turkey Meatballs with Coconut Curry Sauce


Ingredients

Scale

Turkey Meatballs:

  • 1.5 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon olive or peanut oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped shallots
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 stalk of lemongrass white part only chopped fine ( 23 tablespoons)
  • 1.5 tablespoons grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoons  soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons  fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons  Sambal Oelek, or chili paste
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs ( or gluten-free breadcrumbs, or almond meal)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Coconut Sauce:


Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and lemongrass and cook for one minute longer. Take the pan off of the heat and set aside so that the shallot mixture can cool down a little.
  3. Transfer the ground turkey to a bowl and create a well in the center of the ground turkey. Add the ginger, soy sauce, fish sauce, chili paste, bread crumbs, cilantro and salt and pepper along with the reserved shallot mixture to the well. Mix with your hands or a spoon until just combined. Dampen your hands and shape the mixture into meatballs. This will make 18 to 20 2” meatballs.
  4. Place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet and refrigerate for about an hour. This step will give the flavors time to meld and help the meatballs stay together while you cook them.Heat the remaining 2 Tbs of oil over medium-high in a large skillet. When the pan is hot add the meatballs and brown on all sides.
  5. Bruise the lemongrass with a mortar and pestle and add to the skillet. Give the cardamom pods a light tap with the pestle and if you don’t have one you can use the back of a knife. Add the cinnamon stick, turmeric, ginger pieces, coriander seeds, star anise points, coconut milk and bring to a simmer.
  6. Slowly add the chicken stock and simmer the meatballs over medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes. Add the fresh-squeezed lime juice and salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Garnish with lime zest and cilantro. You can enjoy as an appetizer, or turn it into a meal and serve over rice or rice noodles.

Notes

For a low-carb option, try almond meal instead of bread crumbs.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 3 meat balls
  • Calories: 475
  • Sugar: 2.9 g
  • Sodium: 1693.1 mg
  • Fat: 31.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 16.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Fiber: 2.3 g
  • Protein: 27.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 79.4 mg

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. Absolutely AMAZING! Best dinner I have had in ages. The flavours were really awesome. The meatballs were succulent, and I had clean bowls all round. Well done again Sylvia! Will definitely be making this again.

  2. This recipe felt luxurious! The comforting, flavorful broth. The soft, equally as unique meatballs. And the rice noodles were a great complement! I’ve never eaten something like this, and I will certainly be making it again.

  3. A+ recipe!! I’ve never cooked with cardamom pods or star anise but it really brought out unique flavors. This website is always pushing my spice game a little farther.

  4. This dish is unbelievably silky and aromatic. I felt like I was eating a gourmet Thai meal right in my own kitchen.

  5. I’ve been using this recipe for years (at least five!) and finally popped into say: ITS PERFECT. Made it again tonight and just melted over every bite. Tonight I sautéed the meatballs in pastured tallow, added extra sambal oelek, and used homemade chicken bone broth. It was so rich and cozy. Can’t wait to eat leftovers tomorrow, it was very hard not to go nuts and eat it all.

  6. I used ground cardamom & coriander because I didn’t have the pods or seeds. It was still delicious! Kids loved it & I will definitely make again.

  7. What would you recommend replacing the breadcrumbs with as a binder if I were trying to keep this super low-carb?

  8. These fabulous meatballs have graced our table many times! The seasonings are spot-on, and leftovers (if there ARE any, are delicious. We serve with basmati or jasmine rice, and extra lime wedges. I’m making them tomorrow.