These Thai-inspired meatballs are packed with bright and aromatic flavors and simmered in a fragrant tomato coconut curry sauce. While not a true Thai curry, I love experimenting with Thai ingredients and reinventing dishes. Serve over jasmine rice or rice noodles.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
40 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 55 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
36 meatballs
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Meatballs:
Sauce:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Combine pork, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, lemon grass paste, cilantro, and peanut oil in a mixing bowl. Mix well. Refrigerate at least 1 hour to blend flavors.

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  • Shape pork mixture into 1 1/4-inch meatballs. (Mixture should yield approximately 34 to 36 meatballs.)

  • Heat 1 tablespoon peanut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook meatballs in batches, giving the pan a shake occasionally. Turn meatballs until brown on all sides and cooked through, approximately 14 to 16 minutes. Remove meatballs to a bowl.

  • In a large saucepan, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Cook onion until translucent, 5 to 6 minutes. Add tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Stir in curry paste. Cover and simmer over low heat until sauce begins to reduce, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly.

  • Process sauce with an immersion blender until smooth. Stir in coconut milk and adjust taste by adding additional salt if needed. Return meatballs to sauce and simmer for an additional 5 minutes, or until warmed through.

  • Garnish with cilantro if desired.

Cook's Note:

The meatballs are also delicious made with ground chicken or turkey.

If you do not have an immersion blender, cool sauce slightly, then puree in batches in a blender.

Nutrition Facts

381 calories; protein 22.1g; carbohydrates 8.8g; fat 29g; cholesterol 73.5mg; sodium 716mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (12)

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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2017
4.11.17 Made one change to this recipe and that was I baked the meatballs instead of frying them. The meatballs were tender and the fresh ginger root and lemon grass puree really popped. Wonderful layers of flavor in this recipe. Red curry paste can be a bit assertive but the coconut milk perfectly mellows it out. The sauce had just the right amount of kick for us. Over the past couple years we have developed a taste for Asian food and this Thai recipe is a nice addition to my collection. Company worthy meal for sure! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/06/2017
it is good recipe Read More
15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2017
4.11.17 Made one change to this recipe and that was I baked the meatballs instead of frying them. The meatballs were tender and the fresh ginger root and lemon grass puree really popped. Wonderful layers of flavor in this recipe. Red curry paste can be a bit assertive but the coconut milk perfectly mellows it out. The sauce had just the right amount of kick for us. Over the past couple years we have developed a taste for Asian food and this Thai recipe is a nice addition to my collection. Company worthy meal for sure! Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2017
What a meal! I have made this twice. The first time I used organic beef and found that the flavor was too strong. The second time I used veal and pork and the more delicate flavor of the meat allowed a smooth balanced character. Both times I made the meatballs without any fish sauce subbing fermented bean paste and then cooked them in an airfryer. I served it over fragrant jasmine rice and my family really enjoyed it. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2019
This was yummy! I subbed turkey for the pork and upped the recipe for 2 pounds of meat. The meatballs are amazing. I also subbed soy sauce for the fish and backed them in the oven. I made a mistake and cooked the. Sauce in a shallow pan and made a mess when I tried to use the emulsion blender. So ours was a chunky. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/01/2017
I scaled this down to 5 servings using just over a lb of ground pork. That is a nice light meat in this dish. I didn't have fresh cilantro so I went with dried. Also no peanut oil so I used sesame oil (combined with canola for frying the onion). I also baked the meatballs in a foil-lined pan at 400degF for 20 min. To the sauce I also added a few tsps of sugar to cut the acidity as well as a frozen cube of garlic and two of basil (always hear basil used in Thai dishes). Served with jasmine rice. Something different and good that I will surely make again. Leftovers will be enjoyed as well. Thanks! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/20/2017
The meatballs had more flavor than the curry. Adding the lemongrass cilantro and fish sauce I think will do wonders to the curry. I also added zucchini and yellow squash for some more veggies. I did not use peanut oil because I did t have it but I also prefer sesame oil so I used that instead. I did not do the blending step because I like having onions and tomatoes in there but I bet this makes it thicker. I served with rice noodles and added some fresh lime juice as well. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/28/2018
We defiantly enjoyed this fun twist on thai italian fusion but we felt the sauce needed a bit more fusion. I added additional garlic ginger lemongrass and sambal (just because we like a bit of heat) to the tomato sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2020
I made exactly as directed except I used ground beef since that was what I had . The family loved it. I do think making it with ground pork would be even better. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2017
I made these last night for dinner tonight and I am so happy I did! The fridge time for the completed dish really brought the flavors alive. The only change I made was to sub out another oil for peanut. I do think the meatballs could do with a pinch of salt but other than that this is a really tasty dish! I will serve over rice with steamed broccoli for the side. Thanks for posting France! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2018
This was delicious the only thing I added was some hot peppers as my family likes heat. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
02/06/2017
it is good recipe Read More
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