February 29, 2020

Thai Inspired Red Curry Meatballs

Flavorful Thai-inspired red curry meatballs in a creamy red curry sauce with plenty of fresh garlic, ginger, and tender red peppers. This quick 30 minute recipe is perfect for an easy weeknight meal and it’s even better than your favorite takeout. Not only are these Thai-inspired red curry meatballs absolutely delicious, they are also gluten free, dairy free, Whole30 compliant. 

Thai Red Curry Meatballs

Delicious Thai Inspired Red Curry Meatballs

When I think of quick weeknight meals, this is one of my go-to recipes. These turkey meatballs are quick, filling, and the recipe makes more than enough so that you have plenty for a delicious lunch the next day.

These Thai-inspired Red Curry Meatballs are gluten free, dairy free, and Whole30 compliant. Keep reading to learn how to make them!

Thai Red Curry Meatballs

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Thai Red Curry Meatballs

I am a big believer that every single layer of a dish needs to have flavor which is why this recipe doesn’t just rely upon the sauce for all the flavor. These meatballs are packed full of gingery, garlicky flavor and honestly delicious all on their own.

Ground Turkey: Ground turkey works so well in this recipe and is my personal favorite protein to make these meatballs. I prefer to use dark meat because it has a bit more flavor and a little more fat for a juicier meatball. If you prefer, you could use ground chicken instead of ground turkey and these would still turn out delicious. If you do use ground chicken, I would still opt for dark meat.

Garlic: Plenty of fresh garlic is a MUST in these meatballs. It adds so much flavor and it takes the meatballs from “really good” to GREAT. Also, I know that peeling and mincing fresh garlic can be a pain…do it anyway. Seriously, there is nothing like using fresh garlic in your cooking.

Fresh ginger: Ok, I don’t mean to sound like a broken record but fresh ginger is another must-have in this recipe. If you are having trouble, the easiest way to peel ginger is with a spoon. Then use a sharp knife to mince it up.

Green onion: Another way to add great flavor to these meatballs is by using fresh green onion or scallion. It adds a mild onion flavor that works well with the red curry.

Red pepper flakes: Feel free to omit this if you don’t like heat, but a small amount of red pepper flakes adds a little extra flavor and spice.

Fish sauce: Last, but certainly not least, is fish sauce. Fish sauce is one of those ingredients that I always have in my fridge. It adds incredible umami to dishes, especially curries like this one. If you don’t have fish sauce add an extra pinch of salt.

A Creamy and Whole30 Compliant Coconut Red Curry Sauce

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Now that we’ve got the meatballs in order, it’s time to chat about this creamy dreamy coconut red curry sauce that they are swimming in. This red curry sauce is super simple to make and uses just a few ingredients. Here is the basic list:

  • A few tablespoons of red curry paste

  • Canned coconut milk for that creamy consistency

  • Lime juice for tang

  • Fish sauce for a little saltiness

  • And coconut aminos for a little sweetness

If you have never used red curry paste in cooking before it is absolutely delicious and one of my favorite ingredients to keep in my pantry. Red curry paste is made up of red pepper, garlic, lemongrass, galangal (Thai ginger), and makrut (sometimes called kaffer) lime leaves. It is also made up of several spices like coriander, turmeric, black peppercorn, and cumin.

You can use red curry paste to whip a quick curry with protein and veggies or try making this Thai-inspired Red Curry Chicken Soup for an easy meal.

How to Make Thai-Inspired Red Curry Meatballs

Thai Red Curry Meatballs

Step 1: Make your meatballs and then brown them in a little avocado oil in a large skillet. Once they are brown, remove the meatballs from the skillet and set aside.

Step 2: Now, it’s time to make the red curry sauce. Just add the sliced peppers and onions to the skillet and saute for a few minutes until tender. Next, add in the red curry paste, coconut milk, lime juice, coconut aminos, and fish sauce and stir until well combined.

Step 3: Add the meatballs to the red curry sauce and let everything simmer for 15-20 minutes. Once everything is done simmering, finish the meatballs with fresh cilantro and green onion before serving!

Weeknight Dinner Never Tasted So Good

My favorite way to serve these meatballs and the sauce is over basmati rice with a side of roasted veggies. Roasted green beans or roasted broccoli are great options here. While these meatballs make the perfect weeknight dinner, the leftovers are perfect for lunch. Just pack some away after dinner for a quick lunch the next day!

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Thai Red Curry Meatballs


Thai Inspired Red Curry Meatballs

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Diet: Gluten Free
  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Diet: Gluten Free


For the meatballs 

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • ¼ cup green onions
  • ½ tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • ¼ tsp black pepper


For the red curry sauce



  1.  Add all of the meatball ingredients to a mixing bowl and use your hands to mix until well combined. Then, use a cookie dough scoop to form meatballs the size of golfballs (roughly 2 tablespoons per meatball). 
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the avocado oil and then cook the meatballs for 3-4 meatballs on each side until brown. Once the meatballs are brown, remove them from the skillet and set aside.
  3. Next, make the red curry sauce. Add the sliced peppers and onions to the skillet and saute for a few minutes until tender. Next, add the red curry paste, coconut milk, lime juice, coconut aminos, and fish sauce to the skillet and stir until well combined. 
  4. Add the meatballs back to the red curry sauce and bring them to a simmer. Let the meatballs simmer for 15-20 minutes and then finish the curry with fresh cilantro and green onion. Serve immediately and enjoy!


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  1. these are the best things I’ve ever had!! so easy + delish and they are perfect for meal prepping, I’ve ate it 3 days in a row and it gets better every day I swear!!

  2. These are DELICIOUS! They come out great every time. Flavorful, easy to make, and beyond satisfying!

  3. Fantastic recipe. Easy to find ingredients come together with some amazing flavors. Not currently doing a W30 so served over rice, but will add this to my W30 rotation (and everyday rotation).

  4. Made this last night and it was so so good!! Definitely making again with rice to sop up all the yummy sauce. I usually stay away from meatball dishes because I hate the process of rolling the meat into balls, but I had never thought to use a cookie scoop before…Total game changer!

  5. This recipe was very easy, flavorful and delicious! I served it over sautéed broccoli and cauliflower rice.

  6. This was so delicious!! Both the meatballs and the sauce are incredibly flavorful. This will definitely be added to my rotation!

  7. After the first bite, my significant other immediately said “You should make this again!” I always know when a recipe is a hit in my house based on if he requests the meal again. The curry and the meatballs were so well-balanced, not too spicy and just full of such great flavor. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes, they have all been instant hits in our home. Thank you for making another simple and delicious recipe!

  8. These turned out amazing! The sauce is so flavorful, but not heavy at all. Love the burst of flavor with the lime juice!

  9. These meatballs are so good! I made them at the beginning of the week as meal prep. This is one of those recipes that tastes amazing and then somehow tastes even more incredible as the flavors meld together in the fridge as the days go on. I ate the meatballs with some white rice and it was perfect for lunch or dinner! Ashlea makes the best recipes, going to try the honey sriracha salmon next!

  10. I made these tonight for dinner and they were quick and easy! I only had ground beef on hand but will definitely try it with turkey in the future! I served them over cauliflower rice and will have plenty for lunches this week. Another great recipe.

  11. Another great recipe!! Easy delicious sauce. I used it in cut up pieces of chicken breast because I didn’t have the meat. It was still great. Will make this a lot!!

  12. I made this the other night for dinner, and the sauce was TO DIE FOR! My boyfriend and I had it again for leftovers the next night, and I was so sad that I didn’t have enough cauliflower rice left to mop up the rest of the sauce. I served it with cauliflower rice, and my boyfriend had it with mashed potatoes.

    I can’t wait to make this again! I’m already imagining how delicious this sauce will be with mussels!

  13. So easy and delicious! Ate them over basmati rice with broccoli and loved them! We will definitely be making them again.

  14. Just made these red curry meatballs! And holy cow I’ve made other versions before but this recipe blew me away!! So amazing! I’m doing my first Whole30 right now and these meatballs are going to be a staple for my lunches. THANK YOU!

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