Thai-Style Ground Pork Skewers


Street-style garlicky Thai ground pork skewers with lots of sweet and savory umami flavor. These are excellent broiled or grilled and served over rice noodles with nuoc cham dipping sauce, on top of steamed rice with a fried egg, or in a sandwich with a slick of aioli and lots of fresh Thai herbs. Baking powder is traditional and gives the pork its signature bouncy texture.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins


  • 2 pounds ground pork

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • wooden skewers, soaked in water


  1. Combine pork, sugar, fish sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Mix together thoroughly. Dissolve baking powder in 1 tablespoon water and blend completely into pork mixture. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.

  3. Thread a handful of pork mixture through a skewer using lightly oiled hands. Shape meat into a 1-inch-thick sausage around th skewer. Repeat with remaining pork and skewers.

  4. Grill skewers, turning as needed, until browned on all sides and no longer pink in the center, about 15 minutes. Cut each sausage into bite-sized pieces before serving.

Cook's Notes:

If pork mixture seems too soft to hold its shape, chill the skewers for about 20 minutes after forming to firm them up again.

To broil: Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly oil it. Drop golfball-sized handfuls onto the sheet, fitting on as many as you can without allowing them to touch. With an oiled hand, slightly flatten each one into a patty to about a 1/2-inch thickness. Broil until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

262 Calories
16g Fat
8g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 262
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 643mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 308mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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