Coconut Curry Pork Meatballs.
These pork meatballs are sponsored by the National Pork Board!
We are living for these coconut curry pork meatballs!
This sauce… oh my gosh – this sauce. The juicy meatballs. Everything served over fragrant jasmine rice. It’s absolutely perfect and a wonderful weeknight meal to introduce some flavor into your kitchen!
Yes oh yes oh yes.
These flavors are some of my favorite to transport me out of the kitchen. It’s no secret that I love a coconut curry sauce – this thick and creamy, flavorful spiced broth for the meatballs is out of this world. I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t also drag fresh, fluffy sourdough bread through the sauce.
But that’s neither here nor there.
Today I’ve partnered with the National Pork Board, highlighting their Pork as a Passport campaign to share this delicious meal.
Um, I don’t think it’s any secret that I loooove pork. Pretty sure the base of this blog was built on pork, right? Those were the days.
Growing up, my mom made pork chops practically once a week. They were one of my favorite meals that she made (I shared them here!) and it was easily the best dinner of the week. Since then, pork has always been a staple for us. Did you know that pork is the number one consumed protein globally? I had no idea, but I’m very excited to be in on that trend. We all know I’m often late to the game.
This time, I’m early! And since it’s the number one protein, it really allows you to explore different flavors and cultures when it comes to cooking!
I love that there are so many different cuts of pork and even more so – a variety of ways to prepare pork. It’s basically an experience that brings people together in the kitchen. Pork is so versatile too. I’ve used an array of flavors here on the blog in my past pork recipes, but adding in a coconut curry twist may be my favorite one yet. Yessss, I know, it just seems that EVERYTHING is my favorite (but really, it is).
These are no different.
The meatballs are flavored with garlic and ginger and green onions. The sauce is made with red curry paste and canned coconut milk, plus a heavy-handed squeeze of lime. It’s seriously the perfect combination.
Meatballs have definitely been a thing for us this year – I’ve shared a ton on the blog and you have loved them too. They are just so easy, feed many, and you can have fab leftovers. You can also use the meatballs in different ways – like sandwiches or over rice or pasta. Really, the options are endless.
So hello, dinner tonight!
Coconut Curry Pork Meatballs
Coconut Curry Pork Meatballs
- 1 1/2 pounds ground pork
- 1 large egg
- ⅓ cup seasoned panko breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 shallot, thinly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons red curry paste
- 2 14 ounce cans full-fat coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro, for topping
- 2 sliced green onions, for topping
- 2 cups cooked jasmine rice, for serving
- Place the pork in a large bowl. Add in the egg, breadcrumbs, cilantro, onions, ginger, salt and pepper. Mix until just combined - do not overmix!
- Heat the oil in a large skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the meatballs in a single layer. You may need to do this in batches! Brown the meatballs on all sides, cooking about 10 to 12 minutes total. Remove the meatballs with a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel. Pour out any grease in the skillet except for 1 tablespoon.
- With the skillet over medium-low heat, stir in the shallot and garlic with a pinch of pepper. Cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the bell pepper. Stir in the curry paste and let it cook for for 2 minutes. Pour in the coconut milk and stir. Add in the lime juice.
- Place the meatballs back in the skillet. Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. You want the internal temperature of the pork to read 160 degrees before serving.
- Sprinkle the green onions and cilantro on top. Serve over jasmine rice.
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34 Comments on “Coconut Curry Pork Meatballs.”
Looks delicious!! What would be a good substitute for the pork? Would you suggest ground turkey, chicken, or beef?
I made it with ground turkey and it was sooo good!
Really great tasting sauce and meatballs. Served with sweet and spicy cauliflower, rice and a dry white wine. Excellent!
This looks fantastic!! What brand of red curry paste did you use? There can be a real difference from one brand to the next. Thanks.
My husband and I are real wimps when it comes to super spicy and I’ve never used red curry paste before. Do you think I should adjust the amount of the paste? Thanks
Really depends what red curry paste you use, Stacey.
If it’s real thai style (does it say thai or read thai on the pack?) then use less!
If it’s the western copy of red curry paste, you can easily use everything the list says
Thanks, I’ll look for that
This recipe sounds fabulous – love coconut, curry – and with pork.
I made these for dinner this week – so yummy! Even better the next day :)
Excellent, and fairly easy too.
I added some mint and crushed red pepper to the meatballs. I also added some fresh corn cut off the cob to the sauce. (I added a little thickener to the sauce as well but this is just my personal preference. ) The only thing I would change is the pork I used which was labeled 90/10. There just wasn’t enough fat in the meatballs for a good juicyness and texture. I will definitely make this again.
Holy [bleep] this was good! Think they’re even better the next day, after the meatballs have hung out in the sauce overnight. This one goes into the rotation, for sure.
So delicious!! I added some chopped broccoli for some more veg and I only used 8oz coconut milk and 8 oz chicken broth to lighten up the calories, still creamy and wonderful! I wanted to drink the sauce like soup! Another winning recipe Jess :)
I just made this recipe and it’s amazing! I didn’t see any salt in the recipe for the sauce, so I just added some to taste (maybe 2-3 teaspoons? – I know that seems like a lot….) :)
There needs to be more stars! This dish was incredible. I made it on a whim, but it will 100% be in the rotation now. I made it for a few dinner guests and they were so full but kept going back for nibbles.
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Made this last night (well almost). I didn’t have red curry paste so I used green curry paste. We loved this recipe. I look forward to making it with red curry next time. I mixed up the meat balls early in the day so it made for a quick dinner. Thank you for sharing.
These were amazing! I reduced the coconut curry to 3/4, and doubled the amount of curry paste, as well as additional spices and ginger and garlic because I thought it was a little bland. I also added some jalapeño for spice. Over all, I loved it and I’m totally going to make it again later this week, the leftovers taste even better the next day.
OMG. I wish I doubled this recipe it is soooo good. I did add way more curry paste than it called for. Yum!
I made these tonight. Unfortunately the instructions don’t say to add the garlic to the meat mixture and I didn’t catch that until it was too late. But otherwise they were really good.
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We love this recipe and it’s my second time making it. I noticed that the directions don’t mention adding the garlic to the meatballs so I’ve left it out twice now Without realizing it. Still delicious!
Easy, simple, delicious- GR
Easy and delicious! I have made it several times now. The only thing I do differently is add a tiny splash of fish sauce and some extra lime juice. Even better the next day!
Delicious! I used 2 lbs pork and just increased the other ingredients a little bit. Next time, I’ll double the sauce.
Delish. Thanks for a wonderfully easy mid week meal.
I avoided this recipe for awhile because of the 1.5 lbs of meat (ground pork is sold in 1 lb packages near me) and not wanting to have to find a recipe for the remaining 0.5 lbs of pork. I finally made it last night with 2 lbs of meat, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 1/3 cup cilantro, 4 garlics, 3 green onions, 1.5 tsp each salt and pepper, and didn’t feel like dealing with the fresh ginger so did a heaping tsp of ground. And kept the sauce as is. ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS.
I made this Keto friendly and it was delicious. Eliminated the panko (no problem with the meatballs) and used cauliflower rice instead of regular rice. It was absolutedly delicious.
This recipe is absolutely fabulous, so full of flavour. This is one recipe that has been added to my repeat list. Everyone loved it and want me to make it again, soon.
I added a little bit of milk, to the meatball mix, because I’ve found in the past that meatballs are lighter if the breadcrumbs are soaked in a small amount of milk. Love, love this. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.
I also added like a tablespoon of sautéed garlic, onions and oregano instead of using onion powder ! 🙂 and please visit us: https://www.beckandbulow.com
Oh. My. Delish!!
I subbed a bit as I didn’t have everything but using sweet onion, sweet mini peppers and ground pork rinds instead of breadcrumb seemed to work. Also, I used 2 can coconut cream and 1 can of coconut milk.
This will be in regular rotation…thank you!!
Could I replace the minced pork with minced turkey?
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Holy moly these are delish! A great one pan meal that is so flavorful. I’m already looking forward to our leftovers!