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Pork & Lemongrass Meatballs in Thai Red Curry Sauce


Don’t look down at meatballs! they can be delicious when done correctly, often taking on the flavours of a nation’s food. These pork & lemongrass meatballs provide a wonderful contrast to the red curry sauce. Easy to make and as a red curry paste is one of the milder Thai curry pastes this can be enjoyed by the whole family.



1 packet of My Thai Curry Red Curry paste

1 can of coconut milk (see notes below)

500 g pork mince

1/2 a white onion

2 cloves of garlic

20 g of coriander

20 g of lemongrass

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 teaspoons sugar

1/3 teaspoons white pepper

1 teaspoon cornflour

1 tablespoon of Thai fish sauce

Kaffir Lime leaves and mild chillies or peppers for garnish


Roughly chop the onion and lemongrass, coriander and garlic and place in a mini food processor or similar with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Blend to a smooth paste.

Put the mince in a mixing bowl and add the lemongrass paste, sugar, pepper, and cornflour. Add the Thai fish sauce according to taste, 1 tablespoon will be ample, and this provides both salt and the essential Thai flavour to the meatballs.

Knead everything together by hand or using a fork or whatever. Don’t use a blender or processor as you will lose the texture. I find an easy way to make the meatballs is to put some of the mixture in a spoon to form the meatball.

Cook the meatballs in a little oil in a pan over a medium heat for around 3 minutes then turn and cook for another 3 minutes until they have browned a little as in the picture. Remove the meatballs and put aside.

Put the red curry paste and the coconut milk in a pan and bring to a simmer. 

Put the meatballs into the paste and cook gently for around 10 minutes. You can then add some strips of pepper etc to the pan.

Serve with some thinly sliced lemongrass and some finely cut kaffir lime leaf if available. As with any Thai curry, a wedge of lime to cut the sweetness of the coconut milk is a good idea.




Thai Fish sauce. Don’t be tempted to leave it out because you don’t like fish sauce, used correctly you won’t even know it’s there but it heightens the taste of the other ingredients.

As always using the “right” type of coconut milk is a game-changer. See here.

Nutrition details do not include rice.

  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner Lunch
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Thai


  • Serving Size: Per serving
  • Calories: 510
  • Sugar: 2.9 g
  • Sodium: 565.1 mg
  • Fat: 42 g
  • Saturated Fat: 23.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.4 g
  • Fiber: 0.5 g
  • Protein: 22.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 90 mg

Keywords: Meatballs, pork, lemongrass

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