Thai Curry Meatballs

This was really tasty.  I would season the meatballs better next time, but it's been asked that this goes into rotation.  

Thai Curry Meatballs

January 28, 2023

Yield: 4 servings

Prep time: 15

Cook time: 25

Total time:


1 lb ground beef

2 shallots, sliced thin

3 cloves garlic, minced

kosher salt

vegetable oil

2 shallots, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp minced fresh ginger

2 tbsp red curry paste

1 (13.5 fl oz) can coconut milk

2 oz fresh bread, cubed (or use dried breadcrumbs)

1 lb ground beef

1 tbsp + 1 tsp fish sauce

2 limes, halved

garnish: fresh cilantro, sliced scallions, and lime wedges



Recipe for the Meatball Curry - Use your own rice (we used leftover brown rice)


Preheat the oven to 375. 


While the oven is preheating, place a saucepan over medium heat, add some olive oil and the shallots.  Cook for 3 mminutes till they are starting to soften.  Add the garlic and ginger and saute for an additional 3-5 minutes, stirring often.  Remove from the heat and take half of this mixture to a cutting board to cool.


Add the ground beef and the breadcrumbs to a bowl, along with a tsp of salt and pepper, 1 tbsp of the fish sauce.  Chop up the shallot/garlic mixture to a small enough dice to add to the beef mixture.  Mix well and form as many meatballs as you wish.  Do not make them overly large.


Bring a cast iron pan to heat over medium high heat, add a splash of oil, then place the meatballs in and begin browning.  Don't move them around until you know they have formed a crust - they won't stick this way.  Turn and brown for about 10 minutes, then place in the oven for 15 minutes.


Back to the saucepan, bring back to heat, add the curry paste and allow this to cook for 3-5 minutes.  Add a tsp of oil if needed.  Stir well, then whisk in the coconut milk.  Bring to a simmer, lower the heat and simmer gently while the meatballs are cooking.


To serve, place your rice into a bowl, top with meatballs and spoon the coconut sauce over the top.  Garnish with green onions and a bit of cilantro.


We baked zucchini slices while the meatballs were baking, so there isn't anything to that, slice, season, and bake.