Asian Turkey Meatballs with Carrot Rice

Asian Turkey Meatballs
Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

This dish is simple, quick, and packed with flavor—exactly what you want on a busy night. Choose from ground dark-meat turkey or ground pork, then toss with a combination of breadcrumbs, scallions, cilantro, fish sauce, hot pepper sauce, and garlic for meatballs that pack a punch.


  • Coarse salt

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice

  • 1 carrot, shredded

  • ¾ cup fresh breadcrumbs

  • 1 ½ pounds ground dark-meat turkey or ground pork

  • 3 scallions, white and green parts separated and thinly sliced

  • cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

  • 4 teaspoons fish sauce

  • 4 teaspoons hot-pepper sauce (preferably Sriracha)

  • 4 teaspoons sugar

  • 1 large garlic clove, minced

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

  • Lime wedges, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups salted water to a boil. Add rice, stir, and return to a boil. Cover, reduce to a simmer, and cook until rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and top with carrot. Let stand, covered, 5 minutes, then stir in carrot and fluff rice with a fork.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine breadcrumbs and 3 tablespoons water. Let stand 5 minutes. Add turkey, scallion whites, cilantro, fish sauce, hot-pepper sauce, sugar, garlic, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Gently mix to combine and form into 12 meatballs.

  3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high. In batches, brown meatballs on all sides, 10 minutes total (add up to 1 teaspoon oil as needed). Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and bake until cooked through, 10 minutes. Serve meatballs with rice, scallion greens, and lime wedges.

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