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green thai curry meatballs

green thai curry meatballs

You guys.  First off: WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!  It’s the cutest little house that ever was and I am so so so excited about it.  Oh and also – it is a food bloggers dream – light and bright with a ton of windows and I even spied the perfect little corner in the kitchen for food photography 🙂 Other highlights: awesome finished basement, finished laundry room, fenced in back yard, updated kitchen, walk-in closet, and subway tile in the kitchen.  I’m pretty much obsessed with subway tile so once I saw the kitchen, I was convinced the house was meant to be ours.

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Secondly, these meatballs!  They are incredible.  I’ve been craving a green curry and remembered seeing these curry meatballs on Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.  I switched things up a bit by taking out the added sugar, decreasing the amount of oats and milk and increasing the amount of Thai Curry Paste in the meatballs, and adding some onions to the sauce along with cornstarch to thicken it up like a gravy.  A coconut curry gravy.  YUM.

I wasn’t sure what Marc would think of this dish because really, curry and meatballs?  It’s weird.  I admit the combination doesn’t sound like it’d be something to rave about but he loved them.  He even ate leftovers.  I repeat: my husband ate leftovers.  #istheworldcomingtoanend?

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The meatballs are a little time consuming to make but I used a cookie scoop to save on time and the hassle  and mess of rolling them in my hands. Besides that, the meal comes together pretty quickly.  After a quick searing of the meatballs in coconut oil, you finish them off in the coconut curry sauce, which gives you the perfect amount of time to cook up some rice.  So I can’t go all Rachael Ray on ya and call it a 30-minute-meal but it’s definitely worth the extra few minutes of work and the payoff is in the flavor.

I served these with some spicy sauteed broccoli (sauteed in olive oil, garlic, and red chili peppers) and brown rice for a healthy and delicious dinner.  If you’re a fan of curry – you will love this meal!

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green thai curry meatballs

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for the meatballs:

  • 3 green onions
  • 1 cup diced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger diced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp green curry paste
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce or 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground turkey or chicken
  • 2 eggs
  • 2-4 tbsp coconut oil or canola oil

for the sauce:

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp green curry paste
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp water
  • juice of one lime


For the meatballs:

  • In large food processor, pulse green onions and mushrooms until finely chopped.
  • Add oats, ginger, curry paste, fish sauce, cilantro, and garlic and pulse until finely chopped.
  • Combine mixture with turkey and eggs, and mix well to combine. I used my hands for this.
  • Form mixture into 1-2" meatballs. I used a cookie scoop for this.
  • Heat 2 tbsp of coconut oil over medium high heat in large skillet.
  • Add meatballs, working in batches, and sear on each side, about 3 minutes total for each meatball. They will not be cooked through and that's okay.
  • Set the seared meatballs aside.

To make the sauce and finish the meatballs:

  • In large pot (I used my dutch oven), heat oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion and cook 5 minutes, until softened.
  • Add garlic and cook another minute.
  • Add coconut milk, broth, and curry paste and stir well to combine.
  • Add meatballs, squeezing them all into the pot and bring to a simmer.
  • Let simmer 15-20 minutes, stirring the meatballs around every 5 minutes or so.
  • During the last 5 minutes, combine the cornstarch and water, whisking to combine, then add to sauce. This will thicken the sauce up.
  • Once ready to serve, squeeze in lime juice.
  • Serve meatballs and sauce over rice.
  • Enjoy!
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  1. Love these meatballs. I am obsessing over the coconut curry gravy! Nathan’s the same way about leftovers. 🙂 But he loves meatballs and he loves curry, so I bet these would be no problem for him.

    Congrats on the house! It’s so exciting to find one that fits the wish list. The kitchen sounds completely and totally perfect.

    1. Thanks Ashley! And what it is with men and leftovers?? I feel like I’m the only one who ever eats them in our house…which is a problem with how much I cook 🙂

    1. Thanks Stephanie! And seriously – what is it with men and leftovers?! I thought it was just my husband who doesn’t eat them. Well, he claims he “forgets” about them but I’m becoming suspicious…

  2. Congratulations on the house! So excited for you!

    I went to school for Interior Design and am blessed to work as a designer full time! And while the house we are in is great, it is newer construction and I simply cannot wait to purchase the next house, and long for character and charm (a good fixer-upper) as well as a light-filled kitchen!

    I’m crazy over subway tile as well and we often use it in multi-million dollar homes, it is so classic, you cannot go wrong with it!

    I can’t wait to see pictures of your new home, congratulations again!

    1. Thanks Kaylee!! I had no idea you were an interior designer..that’s so cool! Our house is older, so it has that old charm you’re talking about…and we definitely have some projects to do once we move in!

      1. Love the charm! I think the projects are the best way to go, then you can make the house exactly the way YOU want it, rather than having (and paying for!) the completed work of someone else when it might not be exactly what you would have chosen.

        So fun, again, can’t wait to see pictures!