Vietnamese Lemongrass Meatballs


We enjoy these tasty meatballs served over a bowl of rice or wrapped in lettuce cups. They're balanced with flavors of spicy, salty, tangy, and sweet, and also make wonderful appetizers. Leftover meatballs may be stored in the freezer in a resealable plastic bag.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 pound lean ground pork

  • ¼ cup panko bread crumbs

  • 1 large shallot, minced

  • 2 tablespoons lemongrass paste (such as Gourmet Garden®)

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped mint

  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger root

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Dipping Sauce:

  • ¼ cup water

  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar

  • 1 small Thai chile pepper, minced

  • 1 small garlic clove, finely chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

  2. Combine ground pork, bread crumbs, shallot, lemongrass paste, mint, fish sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger root, and salt in a large bowl. Using a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop, shape mixture into meatballs, and place on the prepared baking sheet.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until meatballs are no longer pink in the center and cooked through, about 15 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, prepare the dipping sauce by mixing water, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, Thai chile, and garlic in a small bowl.

  5. Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.

  6. Place meatballs under the hot broiler just until the tops start to turn brown to get a little color and crispness, about 2 minutes. Serve with the dipping sauce.

Cook's Note:

Lemongrass paste in the tube can be found in the produce department of your grocery store.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

306 Calories
17g Fat
16g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 306
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 1589mg 69%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 22mg 111%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 423mg 9%

* 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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