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Thai turkey meatballs in a bowl with coconut curry and fresh herbs

Thai Turkey Meatballs with Coconut Curry

Posted by: Ari Laing

Homemade oven-baked Thai turkey meatballs are flavored with ginger, scallions, and a ginger marinade. They cook up in 12 minutes and are served with an easy coconut red curry sauce, white rice, and lots of fresh herbs. A vibrant, healthy dinner with minimal effort!

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Posted by: Ari Laing
Thai turkey meatballs in a bowl with coconut curry and fresh herbs
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4.96 from 44 votes

Thai Turkey Meatballs with Coconut Curry

Homemade Thai turkey meatballs are flavored with ginger and fresh scallions, then broiled and paired with a quick coconut curry sauce. Top with lots of fresh herbs and serve over white rice for a simple weeknight dinner!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: coconut curry sauce, how long to bake meatballs, red curry sauce, thai coconut curry, thai curry meatballs, turkey meatballs
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 231kcal
Author: Ari Laing


For the Thai turkey meatballs

  • 1 ⅓ lb ground turkey dark meat
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 Tbsp ginger sesame marinade
  • ½ tsp ginger paste or fresh grated ginger
  • ¾ cup plain breadcrumbs or seasoned breadcrumbs (NOT panko!), see note
  • 2 scallions (about 3 Tbsp) thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

To make coconut curry

  • 1 (13.5 oz) can coconut milk regular or lite
  • 2 Tbsp red curry paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste or fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • cup water
  • 2 ½ oz baby spinach about half a bag
  • ½ lime juiced

Serving suggestions

  • white rice cooked
  • cilantro
  • scallions thinly sliced
  • fresh basil
  • lime wedges
  • crushed peanuts optional
  • sriracha optional


To make meatballs

  • In a large bowl, whisk together egg, ginger marinade, and ginger paste. Add ground turkey, breadcrumbs, scallions, and kosher salt. Use hands to mix until just combined.
    ingredients in a bowl for thai turkey meatballs
  • Use a cookie scoop to portion out meatballs into equal sizes. For 1 ⅓ lbs of turkey, I can get 15 meatballs approximately 2" round in size. Place meatballs about 2" apart on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil on high for 6 minutes, carefully turn each meatball over, then cook an additional 6 minutes more.
    form turkey meatballs with a cookie scoop on a baking sheet

For coconut curry

  • Meanwhile, add coconut milk to a large skillet or sauce pan, then bring to a slow boil over medium-high heat. Add red curry paste, ginger paste or fresh ginger, and turmeric, then whisk until dissolved. Pour in water, then simmer until meatballs are cooked. Just before serving, add baby spinach and squeeze half of a fresh lime into the sauce, then stir until spinach is wilted, about 1-2 minutes.
    baby spinach in a skillet with homemade thai curry sauce
  • Serve meatballs and coconut curry sauce over white rice (or other rice), then top with fresh cilantro, basil, and/or thinly sliced scallions. I like to use them all! Optional: sprinkle with sesame seeds, crushed peanuts and/or sriracha. Serve with lime wedges on the side.
    Thai turkey meatballs with lime, basil, and coconut curry



Nutrition facts do not include rice.
  • Do not use panko breadcrumbs when making meatballs (any meatball recipe!). Use plain or seasoned breadcrumbs, which will help keep the texture of the meatballs smooth. Panko will create a coarse texture throughout.
  • Meatballs can be frozen after baking. Allow to cool completely, then place in a freezer safe airtight container. To defrost: place frozen thai turkey meatballs on a microwave safe plate then heat for 30 seconds to 1 minute until warmed through.
  • Alternatively, you could allow meatballs to thaw overnight in a refrigerator, slice in half, then heat cut side down in a skillet with a tablespoon of olive oil. Flip after 1-2 minutes, cook 1 minute more.
  • Ground turkey: feel free to substitute turkey with ground chicken, beef, pork, or veal. Do not use extra lean meat or the meatballs will dry out.

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Serving: 3meatballs | Sodium: 663mg | Calcium: 52mg | Vitamin C: 3mg | Vitamin A: 1071IU | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 424mg | Cholesterol: 99mg | Calories: 231kcal | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fat: 5g | Protein: 32g | Carbohydrates: 14g | Iron: 2mg
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