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Turkey Meatballs with Green Curry Sauce

Turkey Meatballs with Green Curry Sauce

What’s not to love about meatballs? … Crickets…Exactly! The answer is absolutely nothing. Traditional meatballs and marinara will always have a place in my heart. However, these Asian turkey meatballs with green curry sauce wowed me at first bite. I know you’re going to love them too.

Meatballs are tricky. Depending on who you talk to, meatball preferences can be vastly different. Big/small/tender/firm… there are lots of ways to cook them.  Here are my preferences: small(ish) or bite-size and on the firm(er) side. See, even my description is kind of vague. My father is the ultimate meatball critic. Whenever my mom makes meatballs, there is ALWAYS a conversation around their flavor, texture, and size. He is suuuuuuper picky about them. To be honest, I think my mom makes them the same way each time. Regardless, the conversation has become part of the meatball-eating experience. Can you see why I have a bit of anxiety when making them for others? But since we are building trust and all, I’m going to offer this recipe to you. Deep breath – here goes nothing.

These aren’t your average turkey meatballs. They are filled with fragrant Asian flavors of fresh ginger and cilantro. Plus, they have shredded zucchini for added moisture. Then they’re topped with an AMAZING green curry sauce. Oh my. Believe me, you’re going to love this sauce. It’s creamy, but has a little heat too. The balance of flavors is perfect. When we were in Thailand, we learned that Thai sauces have four main flavor profiles: salty, sweet, sour, and spicy. Now, whenever I make Thai style food at home, I try to build a similar flavor profile.

Here’s the breakdown for this recipe:

fish sauce adds saltiness

sugar adds sweetness,

lime juice for sour

green curry paste brings the heat

Once you make this recipe, you might learn that you like your sauce a little saltier or a little spicier and that’s okay. Just make adjustments to your seasoning at the end based on what you like best. Finally, I like to combine the meatballs and sauce with noodles or riced cauliflower. The cauliflower absorbs the sauce and tastes so good. Maybe even toast some naan to dip in the sauce too? You’ll be thankful you did. I really hope you enjoy these turkey meatballs with green curry sauce. And remember, there isn’t only one way to make meatballs or a good curry sauce. You do you.

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Turkey Meatballs with Green Curry Sauce
Tender turkey meatballs topped with creamy green curry sauce is a delicious and easy Thai meal to make at home.
Turkey meatballs with green curry sauce
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
meatballs (depending on size)
Ingredients
Turkey Meatballs
  • 1 cup zucchini shredded (about 1/2 medium zucchini)
  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger grated
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced or shredded
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
Green Curry Sauce
  • 1 can coconut milk full fat
  • 1 1/2 - 2 tbsp green curry paste
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger grated
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup water or low sodium veg. broth
  • 1 tsp sugar palm sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 tsp coconut or olive oil
  • Fresh cilantro and Thai Basil for topping
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
meatballs (depending on size)
Ingredients
Turkey Meatballs
  • 1 cup zucchini shredded (about 1/2 medium zucchini)
  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger grated
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced or shredded
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
Green Curry Sauce
  • 1 can coconut milk full fat
  • 1 1/2 - 2 tbsp green curry paste
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger grated
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup water or low sodium veg. broth
  • 1 tsp sugar palm sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 tsp coconut or olive oil
  • Fresh cilantro and Thai Basil for topping
Turkey meatballs with green curry sauce
Instructions
Turkey Meatballs
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Combine all turkey meatball ingredients in a large bowl and gently mix together (try not to over mix the turkey).
  3. Roll into balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake for 15-17 minutes (meatballs might still be slightly pink on the inside)
  5. Remove from oven and set aside.
Green Curry Sauce
  1. While meatballs are baking, warm oil in large sauce pan or skillet with high sides
  2. Add grated ginger and stir until fragrant (only about 1 minute)
  3. Add green curry paste and whisk in coconut milk, until smooth
  4. Add lime juice, fish sauce, broth and sugar, stir, and bring to a simmer
  5. Simmer for 5 minutes, until sauce is slightly thickened
  6. Add meatballs and continue to simmer until meatballs are cooked through. Internal temperature should be 165. This should only take a few minutes, since they are primarily baked in the oven
  7. Add chopped fresh cilantro and/or Thai basil.
  8. Serve over cauliflower rice, noodles, or brown rice
Recipe Notes

I use 2 tbsp green curry paste in this recipe. It gives a little warmth to the dish, but it's not overly spicy. You can adjust this to taste. Add more for a spicier version and less for mild.

*Nutritional facts are estimated using Nutrifox.

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