Today is not a story day. Today is super awesome Thai turkey meatballs day! I got my new dishwasher that can even make Thai meatballs.:) In all seriousness, we have a deal: I make the meatballs and he does the dirty job. And he knows his job really well.

Meatballs don’t have to be smothered in tomato sauce, nor they have to be simmered for hours. They can have your favourite Thai flavours, be cooked in a skillet, within 30 minutes. Clean dinner can be really ready that fast.

Meatballs also do not have to contain eggs, bread or breadcrumbs. I found with Cumin Zucchini Turkey Burger & later on with Crockpot Italian Zucchini Meatloaf, that shredded zucchini makes any ground meat tender and juicy.

And a little secret, use any meat you have on hand. We cook a lot of game meat, so I used venison for this recipe. But because I realize most people are normal and do not hunt, I’m giving you an option to use turkey, beef or buffalo.

These Thai turkey meatballs are full of your favourite Thai flavours like curry paste, fish sauce, ginger, basil, green onions and coconut milk. Both, the sauce and the meat. And the nice thing is, they take only 30 minutes.

30 Minute Thai Turkey Meatballs
30 Minute Thai Turkey Meatballs


For Meatballs:

  • 2 lbs ground turkey, extra lean
  • 1 cup zucchini, shredded & liquid squeezed out
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp basil, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp ginger, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 tsp red curry paste
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk, light (canned)
  • 1/8 tsp hot pepper chili flakes
  • Cooking spray (I use Misto)

For the Sauce:

  • 1 + 1/2 cup coconut milk, light (canned)
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp red curry paste
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1/8 tsp hot pepper chili flakes, or to taste
  • 5-6 dried kaffir lime leaves (optional)*


  1. In a medium bowl, combine Meatball ingredients and mix with your hands thoroughly. Make 28 meatballs by spooning heaping 1 tbsp of mixture and rolling between your hands. Lay on a cutting board or plate. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together Sauce ingredients and set aside.
  3. Preheat large ceramic non-stick skillet on medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray. Add meatballs and cook until brown or for 2-3 minutes, turning a few times. No need to cook the meatballs through.

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