Thai Turkey Meatballs

Thai Turkey Meatballs

Serves 4-6
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
From book Adapted from the recipe Glad Thai Dings from the cookbook Eat, Shrink & be Merry



  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons chives or green onions (finely chopped)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger (grated or finely minced)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil


  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger (grated or finely minced)
  • zest of one lime

Sauce (Optional)

  • pinch of red pepper flakes or 1/2 tsp asian hot chili sauce


If you're a first time hoisin sauce user, try using it as a quick glaze for oven baked salmon or trout.  Sprinkle with a few slices of green onion and some toasted sesame seed for extra flair.


1. Preheat oven to 375 F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. To make meatballs, add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix (preferably with your hands!) until just combined. Form mixture in to 18-20 - 1.5" meatballs and transfer to cookie sheet.
3. Bake for 15-18 minutes until cooked through and lightly browned.
4. While meatballs are cooking, combine sauce ingredients in a deep skillet, large heavy bottomed sauce pan or dutch oven and heat over medium-high heat until it boils. Reduce to a simmer.
5. When meatballs are done, add them to sauce and mix well.
6. Serve over whole grain rice, quinoa or noodles and alongside steamed greens of any kind.