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Thai Turkey Meatballs with Lemongrass Coconut Sauce

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Flavorful Thai Turkey Meatballs with Coconut Curry Sauce


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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:


  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.


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


  • 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