Meatballs in Peanut Curry Sauce

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

I generally don't care for cocktail meatballs, but these are pretty adicting and out of the ordinary. Love the sauce so much. From an old article in Fine Cooking.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the flour in a shallow dish.
  2. Mix the beef with the salt and pepper and mix well.
  3. Make small, 1-inch meatballs- you should get 32-40.
  4. Toss in the flour, dusting off the excess.
  5. Line a sheet pan with paper towels.
  6. Heat up a wok or a large saute pan with the oil until hot.
  7. Add the garlic and saute briefly, about a minute.
  8. Remove and set aside.
  9. Add the meatballs a few at a time and cook, turning them, until browned all over and cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  10. Do not crowd the pan.
  11. Transfer to the sheet pan to drain.
  12. If no oil remains in the pan, add 2 tsp.
  13. and fry the red curry paste for about 2 minutes to release the flavor, stirring constantly to prevent sticking.
  14. Add the reserved garlic and the coconut milk, then stir in the peanut butter.
  15. Cook and stir until the sauce smooths out, about 1 minute or 2.
  16. Add the fish sauce and stir to combine.
  17. Taste; adjust the seasonings with more fish sauce, curry paste and sugar, if desired- the sauce should not be very sweet.
  18. Return the meatballs to the pan with the sauce and simmer over low heat for about 2 minutes to reheat.
  19. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with the mint or basil.


Most Helpful

I wished so very much that we'd like this recipe. I followed it exactly and found it to be just too rich. Maybe, if ever I were to try it again, I would use natural peanut butter, as that cooks better. The recipe is so easy to prepare and I bet in a crunch you could use pre-packaged meatballs. I will surely use the tip about refrigerated the coconut milk on other dishes- it works great.

MrsMM November 30, 2007

We enjoyed these very much! Both the meatballs and the sauce were really good. I followed directions exactly and it is a recipe that I will be happy to make again. If you want a really good change from the same old meatballs, this is it!! Thanks for posting!!

Thymestudio November 14, 2007

These are really tasty. I made the recipe exactally at stated, increasing the sauce as we love this type of sauce over rice. I did use cornflour (cornstarch) instead of flour. Both my DD absolutely loved the meatballs (without sauce). Thanks for sharing.

Jewelies September 05, 2005

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