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Jessica Alba's Turkey Meatballs

Actress Jessica Alba likes to make a big batch of her tasty turkey meatballs, then serve them with different side dishes throughout the week. Try: Roasted Squash with Parmesan and Herbs

  • Servings: 6
Jessica Alba's Turkey Meatballs

Photography: Rob Tannenbaum

Source: The Martha Stewart Show


  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped zucchini
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken broth


  1. In a large bowl, mix turkey, panko, carrots, zucchini, onion, eggs, Italian seasoning, and salt until well combined; form into 1-inch balls.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add meatballs and cook, turning, until browned, about 7 minutes.

  3. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth; cover and reduce heat to low. Cook until liquid is almost completely absorbed, about 7 minutes. Add remaining 1/4 cup broth and increase heat to medium; cook, uncovered, until liquid is absorbed. Serve.

Reviews (12)

  • Cardamom 14 Dec, 2014

    I first made these as a beginner finger food for my 8 month old. I've made these several times now and they are always a big hit.

  • mustardseed33 26 Aug, 2014

    OK I never write recipe reviews but these meatballs are AMAZING! Make the double batch as the recipe suggests because everyone will love them. My Greek Mother-in-Law who is an exceptional cook, gave them rave reviews as did my 6 year old daughter. Oh did I mention that they are healthy AND lo-cal too? Will be making these every week.

  • ibdianem 10 May, 2014

    These meatballs are so delicious...very moist and flavorful. They also reheat nicely in the microwave and go great with buttered egg noodles.

  • Tasha Henderson 9 Apr, 2014

    Rated best meatballs by my family, including 4 kids! Tossed then in egg noodles and there was not a crumb left. This will now be a staple in my house

  • silentswan 27 Mar, 2014

    These meatballs were moist and flavorful for a turkey meatball. I personally prefer them a bit spicier, but my family (including my three-year old) thought these were fantastic. The carrot and zucchini added nice texture and color to the meatballs. I halved the recipe but kept the veggie content the same, and they still came out great. These would work with a wide variety of side dishes. I do agree with another reviewer that they were too salty. Next time, I will cut the salt in half.

  • Margaret Gebauer 23 Mar, 2014

    These were delicious! The carrot adds an interesting texture and nice moisture to the final product. I added some garlic and a pinch of red pepper flakes, but followed the recipe otherwise. (And to those commenting on salmonella - good lord. If you are making these with your children, clearly you can make sure they wash their hands afterwards. This risk of sickness is miniscule compare to the to fun and satisfaction of helping make a delicious dinner for their family.)

  • Joylee1020 17 Mar, 2014

    I added more seasoning like basil and crushed red pepper, black pepper. I would use LOW SODIUM chicken broth next time!! I liked the flavor but they were saltier than we prefer. (I used less salt than it called for as well btw)

  • Mmmjs5 14 Mar, 2014

    I made these for dinner last night & I have to say that they are the best meatballs I have ever made. I know they will be even better when I make them again since I forgot to add my chopped onions! (I've been chopped, haha). Even my son said that he likes them better than the meatballs I have bought from the Italian imports take out store! Thanks for this great recipe!

  • Jordan_E 24 Apr, 2013

    I first made these meatballs almost a year ago, and they have since become one of our staple family meals. They are so delicious, low-carb friendly, and pretty simple to make. I always make them for dinner when we have overnight guests - and they are always a huge hit. They also go well with a simple steamed veggie or a green salad. Oh, and they're better the second day! Don't forget to save some for your lunch.

  • Elorie 28 Aug, 2012

    Looks very scrumptious, I am making these meatballs for dinner tonight!! But, I was also thinking that this is NOT a recipie to have your little ones help with for obvious reasons- salmonella contamination!!

  • banhmi 22 Aug, 2012

    I made these for company and they were a hit with both the adults and the kids. Very simple and delicious. I did not have coarse sea salt, so substituted with table salt and used half the amount called for in the recipe (because the same volume of table salt is twice as salty as coarse sea salt).

  • Ann648 27 Jan, 2012

    This looks like a great recipe for the family and something young children would like to eat. Jessica Alba told Martha that she lets her small child help with mixing and rolling the meatballs. I would caution anyone who wants to do this to be aware of a problem that could result. Small children may not wash their hands as well as they should after handling raw turkey, or raw ground beef. Be aware of E coli or salmonella contamination that could could cause serious illness in the child or adult.