turkey meatballs with thai sauce in cast iron skillet

Thai Turkey Zucchini Meatballs

  • Author: Jenni
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: 30 Minute Meal
  • Method: Stove-Top
  • Cuisine: Thai Fusion


These Thai Zucchini Meatballs are a great weeknight meal with lots of flavor, but healthy, too! These meatballs are kid friendly!




    • 1 lb ground turkey
    • 1/2 cup shredded zucchini
    • 1/2 tsp fish sauce
    • 1/8 cup green onions, finely chopped
    • 1 TBSP fresh basil, finely chopped
    • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
    • 1/2 tsp red curry paste
    • 1 TBSP coconut milk
    • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)


    • 1 + 1/2 cup coconut milk
    • 3 TBSP tomato paste
    • 1 tsp red curry paste
    • 1 tsp fish sauce
    • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

    chopped cilantro for garnish


      Preheat a large 12″ skillet on high with 3 TBSP oil.
      In a medium bowl whisk together the ingredients for the sauce and set aside.
      In another medium bowl combine the ingredients for the meatballs, mixing thoroughly (the best way is to get dirty and use your hands).
      Form the meatballs into about 1 1/2″ balls.
      Cook until brown, about 2-3 minutes, turning occasionally (you don’t have to cook them all the way through)
      Pour the sauce over the meatballs, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes, uncovered.
      Serve with rice or noodles and garnish with fresh cilantro.


      • This recipe for thai turkey zucchini meatballs calls for an exact amount of coconut milk – and you will have some left over! It seems like a tiny amount to waste, but under no circumstances are you to add this leftover coconut milk to the meatballs or the sauce! It is measured perfectly, and this extra amount makes the thai red curry sauce too thin to adequately cover the meatballs. I mean, it won’t ruin your dinner, but its much better if you follow the recipe. Instead, I suggest adding this extra coconut milk to your rice as it cooks. You don’t need to adjust the liquids (cook rice at a ratio of 1 part rice, 2 parts water), just throw it in!)

      Keywords: Meatball Recipe, Thai Recipe,