Thai Meatballs with Basil, Lime and Coconut Curry Sauce


This recipe for Thai meatballs is an “appetizer” entry in the So Delicious Dairy Free 3-Course Recipe Contest, submitted by reader Mimi Chang. For the green curry sauce, she uses Culinary Coconut Milk from So Delicious.

Thai Meatballs with Basil, Lime and Coconut Curry Sauce

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Mimi says, “We like to serve these Thai meatballs with Thai sticky rice. So Delicious!!!”

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Special Diet Notes & Options: Thai Meatballs with Coconut Curry Sauce

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, optionally gluten-free, peanut-free and tree nut-free.

Thai Meatballs with Basil, Lime and Coconut Curry Sauce
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Serves: Makes 4 servings
  • 1 lb ground beef (90% lean)
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs (regular or gluten-free)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup chopped scallion
  • ¼ cup chopped basil
  • 2 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 egg
  1. Combine all ingredients for the meatballs in a medium bowl.
  2. Form into 12 meatballs and place on parchment paper.
  3. Brown the meatballs in a nonstick pan in two batches, each with 1 tablespoon oil.
  4. In a large saucepan (I use wide a 3.5 quart), combine the ingredients for the sauce except for the lime zest. Mix well and cook over low until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the meatballs to the sauce and increase heat to medium-low. Simmer meatballs in sauce until cooked all the way through, turning them occasionally (cook for about 15 minutes).
  6. Serve with lime zest on top. VOILA!

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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