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Thai Red Curry Meatballs

These thai red curry meatballs are great for meal prep and delicious for the whole family! They have a few unique ingredients that help add flavor and nutrition too, plus these thai pork meatballs are freezer-friendly and versatile!

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I’ll say it time and time again – meatballs are king in our house.

Meatballs for babies and kids are so well-loved, and easy to buff up nutritionally. Kinda like smoothies. Beef meatballs, turkey meatballs, chicken meatballs, bison meatballs – we love them all!

These Thai red curry meatballs feature sweetpotatoes and pork to create a crispy breading and exterior, but yummy and soft interior, meshed with a flavorful red curry sauce.

I love serving them over sesame or egg noodles, in a wrap or with naan bread, or even on their own.

There are so many ways to enjoy these red curry pork meatballs!

Why We Love Thai Coconut Pork Meatballs

  • Fun and flavorful – Meatballs are fun! They are mini-sized, which are perfect for kids, and you can really stick them on anything. Even a kids pizza!
  • Great to serve as a “snack meal” – Do you do the snack dinner trend? We do! And meatballs are a great way to serve protein to kids, which helps offset all of the carbs they usually eat without a problem.
  • Great for meal prep – I make these on Sunday and we’ve used them up by Tuesday or Wednesday. Pro tip: Make a few batches to freeze for later!
  • Versatile – Their versatility makes them easy to reuse! They pair perfectly with instant pot lemon rice or your favorite noodle type. I also like to throw them in a wrap or roll, or serve with naan bread, because the red curry dipping sauce is out of this world!
  • Can freeze for later – This is always important since we like to have freezer meals for toddlers on hand for those nights when we’re in a pinch. I also love to make thai pork meatballs as a postpartum freezer meal since they are so warm and nourishing!
red curry pork meatballs over sesame noodles on white plate

Ingredients for Thai Red Curry Meatballs

Here’s what you’ll need to make the red curry thai pork meatballs and red curry sauce.

Thai Pork Meatballs:

  • lean ground pork – You could also substitute this for any other meat of your choice.
  • egg
  • panko or breadcrumbs – Use gluten-free breadcrumbs if you need a gluten-free breading.
  • red curry paste – if you can’t find this at your local grocer, you can try a small asian market or on Amazon
  • mashed sweetpotato – This adds a natural sweetness that complements the salty and spicy red curry sauce.
  • fresh or minced ginger
  • garlic powder and salt

Red curry sauce:

  • sesame oil – If you don’t have sesame oil, olive oil will work.
  • yellow onion – To save time, I love this vegetable chopper for dicing the onion and bell pepper.
  • red bell pepper
  • red curry paste
  • coconut milk
  • soy sauce or fish sauce
  • lime juice
  • brown sugar
  • sesame seeds – optional for toppings, but I love them!

Make sure to scroll down for the full recipe!

How to Make Thai Coconut Curry Meatballs

  1. First, you’ll want to mix your meatball ingredients in a large bowl. You could also use leftover sweetpotato meatballs if you have them on hand.
  2. Cook your meatballs in a medium skillet for 4-6 minutes per side.
clear bowl with batter for thai curry meatballs
pork meatballs on cooking skillet

3. Then, you’ll sautee your onions and peppers and mix your thai coconut red curry sauce ingredients in the skillet.

4. Add your ground pork meatballs (or any meatballs of choice – you could even use frozen meatballs) into the skillet and thai coconut curry sauce.

mixing sauce on skillet for thai coconut curry meatballs
thai coconut pork meatballs in red curry sauce

Then, remove the meatballs and serve with rice, noodles, etc! I love to just take some buttered naan bread, and dip it into this irresistable thai coconut

HOT TIP

The thai coconut curry sauce does thicken after cooling in the fridge. I love it more the next day or two after cooking!


FAQ

How to store red thai curry meatballs

Before storing for later, let meatballs cool completely. Store meatballs in a tightly covered container or tupperware in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months.

Can you bake thai pork meatballs?

Yes, you can bake meatballs. Set your oven to 350 and bake for 25-30 minutes, turning them halfway through. Make sure the meatballs are cooked through.

Can you use frozen meatballs?

Yes, you can use any meatballs in this red curry meatball recipe. I love the tangy/sweet combination with the pork meatballs, but ground turkey, beef or chicken all work. Even pre-made or frozen meatballs can be substituted.

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thai curry meatballs with red curry sauce on white plate
Yield: 20 meatballs

Thai Curry Meatballs

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These thai red curry meatballs are great for meal prep and delicious for the whole family! They have a few unique ingredients that help add flavor and nutrition too.

Ingredients

Meatball Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup panko or breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp red curry paste
  • 1 cup mashed sweetpotato
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp salt

Thai Curry Sauce

Instructions

  1. Mix meatball ingredients in large mixing bowl. Form meatball batter into about 15-20 meatballs, about 1-inch each .
  2. Add olive oil to skillet. Once hot, cook meatballs for 4-6 minutes per side (about 8-12 minutes total). Remove meatballs and put them on a separate plate.
  3. Add sesame oil to medium-sized pan, and sauté diced onion and pepper over medium-high heat.
  4. Add red curry paste, coconut milk, soy sauce, lime juice, brown sugar and ginger. Bring sauce mixture to a boil and simmer for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add cooked meatballs back in to the red curry sauce and move them around, ensuring that they get coated evenly in the sauce. Simmer for 3-6 minutes.
  6. Remove meatballs and serve with rice, rice noodles, egg noodles, etc. Top with sesame seeds and grated carrots.

Notes

*Sauce will thicken after storing in the fridge.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 136Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 274mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 7g

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