This is a wonderfully flavorful meatball that is easy to make, requires little prep time, and is a sure hit for those looking for traditional Thai flavors like sriracha, lime, and ginger. Spice can be adjusted to taste.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
5 mins
45 mins
25 mins
2 servings


Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place serrano peppers with cut sides down onto the prepared baking sheet.

  • Cook under the preheated broiler until the skin of the peppers has charred, 5 to 8 minutes. Immediately put peppers in a heatproof bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and let sit until cool enough to handle, 5 to 10 minutes. Scrape the skins off with your fingers, core and seed chile peppers. Dice peppers.

  • Cut rib-eye steak into thin slices. Chop slices finely. Transfer to a bowl. Add serrano peppers, egg, panko, sriracha sauce, ginger, salt, pepper, and lime zest. Wet your hands and form mixture into ping pong-sized balls.

  • Coat a saute pan with olive oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add meatballs and sear both sides evenly, about 4 minutes. Pour in beer and soy sauce. Stir in peanut butter and reduce heat; simmer sauce until thickened, 5 to 10 minutes. Garnish with cilantro.

Cook's Notes:

Ground beef will work but impacts the flavor and texture.

Regular bread crumbs will work too.

Nutrition Facts

354 calories; protein 21.1g; carbohydrates 17.1g; fat 22.5g; cholesterol 155.4mg; sodium 1903.4mg. Full Nutrition