Turkey Meatballs in a Creamy Red Curry Sauce

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Turkey Meatballs in a Creamy Red Curry Sauce
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If ever there was a food genre that had my heart, it would be red curry. Once I knew curry sauce existed, it became all I ever wanted. In the early years of my relationship with red curry sauce there were a few restaurants I would frequent to get my fix. However, now that I have a family to feed and friends to host, more often than not our meals are taken at home. I’ve had to learn how to incorporate my beloved creamy curry sauce into as many dishes as possible in my own kitchen, which has been a fun challenge. While brainstorming new recipe ideas with Natalie, these Thai red curry meatballs made the list and I'm so excited to share them.

The red curry sauce is so silky smooth, thick, rich and flavorful, and wonderfully comforting on a cold winter evening.

Turkey Meatballs in a Creamy Red Curry Sauce

While admittedly my strong love for red curry sauce makes me a bit biased, in my opinion Thai red curry meatballs are the perfect all occasion dinner. Cut the recipe in half for a small family, or feed a crowd by doubling it. This Thai meatball recipe is dairy free, grain free, and egg free, which makes it a great meal to serve when you aren't certain of everyone's dietary restrictions. The red curry sauce is so silky smooth, thick, rich and flavorful, and wonderfully comforting on a cold winter evening. And while it does have red curry paste in it (which is known to be on the spicier side) you can control the amount and tailor it the littles in your life. Even my son—a notoriously picky eater—gobbled his up in no time at all, and declared “delicious!” after every bite of Thai meatball. In my house, that's one very successful supper.

If you’re a seasoned red curry sauce fanatic like myself, or perhaps this dish leaves you wanting more, be sure to check out some of our other dishes here, here, here and here. Also, if you have a tried and true favorite creamy curry sauce dish you'd we'd be willing to share, don’t hold back, we want to know about them. Because there can never, ever be enough red curry sauce, right?! Here's to happy eating!

Turkey Meatballs in a Creamy Red Curry Sauce

Turkey Meatballs in a Creamy Red Curry Sauce

Serves 6


2 lbs ground turkey
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh basil
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 green onions, finely chopped
2 tbsp fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam)
1 tsp red curry paste (preferably Mae Ploy brand)
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tsp coarse kosher salt
2 tbsp canola oil

Curry Sauce

3/4 cup onions, finely diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup Thai red curry paste (preferably Mae Ploy brand)
2 14 oz cans coconut cream (we like Trader Joe's brand or any authentic brand found at an Asian market)
3 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt (optional)
1/2 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced (optional)
1/2 cup cilantro leaves, (optional)
chili flakes, (optional)


  1. To make the Thai meatballs, mix all ingredients (leave out canola oil) together until fully incorporated. If available use a stand mixer set on medium speed with the flat beater attachment. Heat oil in a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon scoop meatballs out in 2 inch portions. Gently roll and place in the oil. Brown the meatballs in batches of 10 on all sides, but do not cook all the way through. Place meatballs on a plate and set aside.
  2. To make the red curry sauce, drain off all but 1 tbsp oil from the pan. Add the onions and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 2 minutes longer. Add the Thai red curry paste and break it up as much as possible. Add the coconut cream and stir or whisk until paste and cream are fully incorporated and curry sauce is smooth. When your red curry sauce base is smooth, add the lime juice, fish sauce, sugar and salt if using. Bring to a boil and add all the meatballs back into the Thai red curry sauce. Turn heat to a simmer, cover the pan with a lid. Simmer meatballs for 20 minutes until the sauce has thickened and the meatballs are cooked through the center. Add fresh basil and stir to combine.
  3. Serve over your choice of rice or roasted veggies, with cilantro and crushed red pepper flakes for additional heat.