Delicious Thai Style Meatballs

Total Time
Prep 40 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is a really yummy recipe I got out of Hello Magazine years ago. The dipping sauce is a must! Serve either as a starter or serve with noodles/stir fry as a main meal. It takes a bit of prep, but is worth it!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For the dipping sauce, whisk all the ingredients together and set aside. Start to prepare the meatballs.
  2. Gently heat the sugar and fish sauce in a non-stick saucepan until the sugar has melted and mixture starts to thicken. Cool, then stir into the pork mince with the remaining ingredients mixing thoroughtly.
  3. With damp hands, roll into 15-20 small balls, place on a plate and chill until ready to cook.
  4. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and fry the meatballs for 15-20 minutes, until brown and cooked through.
  5. As an appetizer, serve the meatballs hot accompanied by the dipping sauce. For a main meal, serve with rice/noodles and a vegetable stir fry.
  6. You can also freeze the meatballs raw and cook when needed. This works well.
  7. Happy chopping!
Most Helpful

5 5

Wow! I wasn't expecting them to live up to the 5-star rating, but they do! Wonderful flavors. While the recipe doesn't make a large quantity of sauce, all the flavors are potent, so a little bit is just right.<br/><br/>I served these at an office potluck, where they were a hit. I only made a couple small tweaks, based on some food science from America's Test Kitchen: I added milk, breadcrumbs (panko) and a little gelatin to help keep the meat moist and tender. (I now do this for all meatballs.) I also added one egg in a double recipe. Then, I baked them on a wire rack in a 450 degree rather than frying. Again, this is my "standard" for meatballs.<br/><br/>Since I was serving from a crockpot, I used half of the sauce as a glaze, and reserved the other half for dipping.

5 5

Oh my goodness! I made these tonight and they are gorgeous! I didn't make the dipping sauce this time as I served them with homemade pork fried rice. Next time I make these I will make them with the dipping sauce. I love these tasty balls and I never would have though to make them myself!

FANTASTIC!!! Sooooo delicious! I found the recipe last night and sent the hubby out today to get what I was missing. The prep time was long-ish (pretty accurate though) but so worth every minute. I didn't change a thing except cook them in the oven for 20 minutes at 425 instead of fry them. I have 2 toddlers so frying wasn't realistic for me but I'm positive it didn't change a thing. Also made the dipping sauce which was yummy but if I don't have time to make it every time, I will still make the meatballs on their own. Next time, and there will definitely be a next time, I'll triple the batch cos there are none left! Thanks for the fab recipe.