Asian Turkey Meatballs


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Thanks goodness it is Friday!  This was a really long week!  My son got his first cold at school, so that means we haven’t slept well the last couple of nights.  Hopefully a nice relaxing weekend will be what he needs to get better.  The leaves are starting to change up in the mountains, so we might take a trip up there to see all the gorgeous colors.

And maybe I will make more meatballs.  They are pure comfort food to me, and I love them!  I had this recipe printed for over a year.  Really not sure why it took me so long to make them.  I made them when my parents were here, and everyone loved them.  My Dad, ever the skeptic, didn’t really like the idea of soy sauce for dipping.  But once he was forced to try it, he was sold.  He went back for more.  Even my 84 year old grandpa ate his fair share!

These come together very quickly, so they are great for a weeknight meal.  Or you could easily serve them as appetizers for the weekend football get togethers.  My 7 year old dipped his in ketchup, so they will even work for the little ones in the crowd.

Yields 4

Healthy and full of flavor turkey meatballs with a lime and soy dipping sauce. Great for healthy dinner or appetizers for the big game.

10 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup panko crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbls fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbls cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Tbls low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • Dipping Sauce
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbls lime juice
  • 2 Tbls water
  • 1 scallion, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients for the meatballs. Mix until everything is well combined. Be careful not to overwork it, or the meat will be tough. Form balls about the size of golf balls, and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until they are cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile prepare the dipping sauce. Combine everything but the scallions, and mix until well combined. Add the scallions.
  4. Serve the meatballs with the dipping sauce on the side.


Adapted from SkinnyTaste




  1. These sound great! I’m always looking for new ways to make turkey meatballs, so I’ll have to give these a try. I’d love them with some asian noodles + veggies!

  2. Love the Asian flavors here, Erin!

  3. These sound very delicious…I do like the recipe as well as dipping sauce but I tend to add sesame seeds in my dipping sauces. Have you tried kamada Koikuchi soy sauce? The taste is amazing! Thanks for sharing and have a lovely weekend!

  4. It must be a meatball kind of day… I have meatballs today on my blog too. :) These look great…. you know I love the Asian flavors you’ve got here. :) Have a wonderful weekend. ~ Ramona

  5. I’m always trying to find ways to incorporate ground turkey in our meals! This seems like a wonderful idea. The Asian twist is pretty interesting, but totally agrees with my taste!

  6. These do look good. Dumplings only meatballs. Hope your son feels better.

  7. Turkey is a staple at my house and I like the Asian flavor of these meatballs, hope your son feels better.

  8. Love a great meatball! Your looks and sounds just perfect. Pinning now!

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