Homemade Thai coconut curry meatballs are a grain-free recipe infused with exotic flavors! Served with healthy sauteed spiralized vegetables.
My family has a meatball obsession, can you relate? Tender, flavorful, protein-packed bites seasoned with any flavor you are craving, what’s not to love? We eat a lot of traditional spaghetti and meatballs per the Italian hubby request, and you gotta enjoy Grandma’s secret recipe! However, I wanted to add a little variety and spice to our routine.
I was inspired by a recent trip to Michigan. One of the local gastropubs Harmony Hall in downtown Grand Rapids is known for their microbrews and eclectic offerings of homemade sausages. On the menu was a green curry chicken sausage on a homemade roll topped with pickled vegetables. I was sold!
As I was thinking of what recipe to make next, a light bulb went off. Let’s switch it up with some Thai coconut curry meatballs! Why not right? And this is how the story goes…
I wanted to infuse some Eastern flavors into each plump meatball and make the meal grain free. I used lean grass fed ground beef mixed with garlic, ginger, onion, jalapeno, chili paste, and chopped mushrooms to replace the breadcrumbs.
My secret and essential Thai ingredient is the fish sauce. It’s an intensely flavored brown sauce that can enhance the taste of any meal 1000 times if you use it sparingly, plus it’s got a pungent smell but so worth it. There’s a little bit inside the meatball mixture and the curry sauce.
Let’s talk about that luscious red curry sauce! I used a concentrated red curry paste that is a combination of aromatic herbs like lemongrass, galangal and red chili’s, plus some fragrant spices. Together these ingredients give a flavor explosion! The sauce then gets some silky sweet coconut milk and just a splash of the fish sauce.
Your taste buds are going to be dancing!
Let’s spiralize! I recently got my first hand held spiralizer and have been using it on anything I can get my hands on. It adds this wonderful volume to your vegetables, creating a more interesting and enjoyable texture. The spiralizer tool is essentially a giant vegetable pencil sharpener that allows you to create large ribbons of vegetables. I used sweet potatoes and zucchini for this dish, and thinly sliced some bell peppers. A quick stir fry and the vegetable noodles were tender and crisp, the perfect compliment to the coconut curry meatballs!
Do you like savory, sweet, tangy and a little bit of spice? If so, dig in!
Spice up your meals with these healthier coconut curry meatballs with fresh spiralized vegetable noodles! This hearty meal will leave you feeling satisfied, so much that you won’t notice that the pasta and bread are missing. You can also use a green curry if you like the flavor of green chili’s better, there are many ways to customize the sauce. Not to mention you could also use pork, chicken or ground turkey instead of beef. I would love to hear how you put your own spin on this tasty meatball recipe!
What are the basic ingredients in a curry paste?
Thai dishes are extremely flavorful because ingredients are used to build and balance savory, sweet, sour and spicy flavors. Thai curry paste is a blend of different aromatic herbs, spices and chilies of various heat, ground together with a mortar and pestle or food processor. The intensely concentrated paste can then be diluted into a thin or thick sauce using coconut milk or other liquids. Savory flavors come from the fish sauce or shrimp paste. Sweet notes come from palm sugar or coconut cream/milk. Sour notes come from tamarind, lemongrass, limes or kaffir lime leaves. Spiciness comes from red, green or yellow chili peppers. Don’t forget some galangal for a gingery pungent flavor! Some common types of Thai curry pastes are red, green and yellow, but there are many more and vary in heat level from mild to hot and the overall flavor profile. Red tends to be hot, green is semi hot with sweet notes and yellow is more mild and creamy. Try a variety and see what you like!