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Turkey Meatballs With Red Curry Sauce

These delicious turkey meatballs are easy to make and they have a gorgeous Thai red curry sauce that everyone loves. It's the perfect weekend dinner recipe, better than takeout!

A pin showing the finished turkey meatballs with thai curry sauce ready to eat.

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If you've never tried a Thai red curry sauce, you have to give these meatballs a go. It's the perfect balance of spicy and sweet, and meatballs are the perfect vessel. Even kids like these turkey meatballs!

I'm always on the hunt for meals that can be prepped in advance. And while this recipe isn't as frugal as others we eat often, it's still way less expensive than ordering Thai food for the five of us!,

Featured image showing the finished thai curry meatballs made with turkey.

What you need to make these Thai turkey meatballs:

I'm going to break it down into categories so you can see what ingredients you will need for the turkey meatballs the Thai red curry sauce, and the sides as well.

Turkey Meatballs

  • 1 lb ground turkey or chicken
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon mild chili paste
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon light soy sauce or Tamari
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Red Curry Sauce

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, finely grated
  • ½ tablespoon mild chili paste
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 1-2 tablespoons red curry paste

Sides And Toppings

  • 1 cup white rice, for serving
  • green onions for garnish
  • sesame seeds for garnish
Image shows the meatballs being cooked in a frying pan.

It might seem like we're using a lot of ingredients here, but they all play an important role. We will be building a complex flavor profile for this delicious dinner recipe and let me assure you…it's worth it!

How to make turkey meatballs with Thai curry sauce:

  1. Cook your rice according to package instructions and set aside until ready to serve.
  2. Combine all meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Roll into balls and set aside.
  3. Heat 1tbsp coconut oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, brown the meatballs in the pan. Once they are browned, cover the pan and let them cook for 12 minutes or until fully cooked. Cooking times will depend on the size of the meatballs too.
  4. Once the meatballs are almost finished cooking, it’s time to make the curry sauce. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add all of your sauce ingredients to the pan. Whisk until the sauce is smooth.  Cook for 2 minutes or until warm.
  5. Serve over rice and sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds.

Are these meatballs very spicy?

No! It's a common misconception that curry is spicy. While some curry recipes can be very spicy the flavors in the sauce for these delicious homemade meatballs is very mild and family friendly.

If you are worried about it being too spicy you can feel free to add your seasonings a little at a time, tasting the sauce as you go. This way you can totally control the level of spice in the finished dish!

A finished look at the turkey meatballs with red curry sauce on rice ready to eat.

Can I freeze this recipe?

You can definitely make these meatballs, sauce and all, and freeze them for use at a later time.

If you want to meal prep you can make a big batch of these Thai curry meatballs and put them into the freezer for a quick meal that only requires a bit of reheating.

Looking for other delicious turkey recipes?

Occasionally we get sick of chicken and I switch to turkey, I find that especially in ground meat recipes it has a little more flavor. Try out some of these other turkey recipes for even more easy meal inspiration!

Our family loves this turkey pasta recipe, it's usually on our weekly meal plan. It's made with just one pan so even the cleanup is easy.

If you like meatballs and want to try a different flavor profile, make Baked Greek Turkey Meatballs.

here we see the finished Thai red curry sauce ready to be poured over the meatballs.

Another great choice is this awesome turkey meatloaf which comes out perfectly every time and makes for excellent meatloaf sandwiches later in the week.

If you want to browse through some of our favorite turkey based recipes try out these recipe roundups!

Yield: 6 Servings

Turkey Meatballs With Thai Curry Sauce

Featured image showing the finished thai curry meatballs made with turkey.

These delicious turkey meatballs are easy to make and they have a gorgeous Thai red curry sauce that everyone loves! It's the perfect weeknight dinner recipe. 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1lb ground turkey or chicken
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Mild chilli paste
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon Light soy sauce or Tamari
  • 1 teaspoon Onion salt
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger, finely grated
  • ½ tablespoon mild chili paste
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ lime fresh lime juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons red Curry Paste
  • 1 cup white rice, for serving
  • Green onions for garnish
  • Sesame seeds for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cook your rice according to package instructions and set aside until ready to serve.
  2. Combine all meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Roll into balls and set aside.
  3. Heat 1tbsp coconut oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, brown the meatballs in the pan. Once they are browned, cover the pan and let them cook for 12 minutes or until fully cooked. Cooking times will depend on the size of the meatballs too.
  4. Once the meatballs are almost finished cooking, it’s time to make the curry sauce. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add all of your sauce ingredients to the pan. Whisk until the sauce is smooth.  Cook for 2 minutes or until warm.
  5. Serve over rice and sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 372Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 898mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 26g
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