If you’re new around here – hello, I’m Juli and I want my last meal to be Thai curry. If I could only eat curry for every single meal, I would be happy. Really happy. Whenever I get Thai for takeout, I eat it cold the next morning for breakfast. I love it any time of day, morning or night. It’s my happy meal. Some people prefer late night pizza, I prefer late night spicy coconut milk. Add some chicken in there and biiiiiiish, you got yourself the perfect meal. I think I need to put Thailand on my travel list soon. I need to experience the real thing. I need to burn my tastebuds off in a foreign country.

PaleOMG Thai Curry Meatballs

PaleOMG Thai Curry Meatballs

Speaking of happy meals, you know what really annoyed me the other day? Not trying to be all down in the dumps over here, but it bugged me. I found this post that talked about how the ingredients in McDonald’s food options differ country to country. And the US always has the worst ingredients in it. It bums me out. Especially in a time where health is so incredibly important and our country is talking about that every day. Obviously you’re not expecting healthy food when you go to McD’s, but I would expect the same ingredients in the burger here as it would be in the UK. The more I look into food regulations here, the more I get bummed out. It’s so weird it’s not the same everywhere. Right?

PaleOMG Thai Curry Meatballs

Well that conversation felt a bit heavy. How about we talk about something way more fun, like travel! I’m currently sitting in the United Club at DIA, about to board a flight in 15 minutes to San Antonio! I’m also listening to a podcast episode about drugs. What a fun time. I have two trips this month, San Antonio and Utah, and I definitely have the travel bug again. I want to get back out there and explore more. I have New York coming up then Sedona, but then I’m ready to leave the country. Maybe somewhere new in Costa Rica? I just want to see different places, experience different cultures, and soak in every second away from home. Traveling is the best, especially during Colorado winters (which aren’t bad, but I still hate them). Jeez, do I have a bad attitude today or something? Time to wash that attitude away by seeing my girlfriends in San Antonio and celebrating my friends latest book launch. It’s gonna be good!

PaleOMG Thai Curry Meatballs

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Thai Curry Meatballs

  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 1x



For the rice

For the meatballs

For the curry

  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 8oz sliced mushrooms
  • 2 packets of green curry paste (around 5 ounces curry paste)
  • 2 (14oz) cans of full fat coconut milk
  • 2 cup fresh spinach
  • sliced green onions, for garnish
  • chopped cilantro, for garnish
  • black sesame seeds, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Make instant pot rice.
  3. While the rice is cooking, add all the ingredients for the meatballs to a bowl and mix to combined. Use a cookie scoop to scoop out 16-18 meatballs. Round them into balls with your hands then place on the baking sheet. Place in oven to bake for 8-10 minutes or until the meatballs reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  4. Once the meatballs go in the oven, place a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Spray with a little avocado oil spray then bell pepper and mushrooms. Add in a pinch of salt and sauté for 5-8 minutes, until tender. Add curry paste and coconut milk, and whisk to break up the curry paste. Let the coconut milk mixture come to a boil then reduce to thicken, about 8 minutes. Add spinach and let wilt for 1 minutes.
  5. Add the rice to a bowl along with meatballs, then top with curry sauce, green onions, cilantro, and black sesame seeds before serving!

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  1. Alisha says:

    Hey Juli!

    How much is “a packet” of curry paste? This looks so yummy; I can’t wait to try it!

    1. juli says:

      i linked the brand i used in the recipe, which shows 2.8 ounces per packet, but i’ll make that more clear in my recipe!!

  2. Alicia says:

    What exactly do you mean my curry packets? I use the 14 oz tubs of Mae Ploy curry paste. Should I just add a few tablespoons?

    1. juli says:

      i linked the brand i used in the recipe, which shows 2.8 ounces per packet, but i’ll make that more clear in my recipe!!

  3. Lori V says:

    Very good! Spicy and flavorful!!
    And so easy.

  4. Laura says:

    SO delish! I used red curry paste since I already had it in the pantry. The left overs were bomb. This recipe will definitely be a staple in our house!

  5. Karen says:

    So… Mike’s Curry Love Thai Green Chili Paste in a jar is apparently a bit different than the packets – I used the whole jar (4.2 ounces) and the spice and flavor was fine but it was so salty! I compared ingredient lists with jars vs packet and sure enough the ingredients are in different order with salt much higher on the list in the jar. All that to say: get the packets or consider carefully before going for the full 5oz. Overall delicious, the rice tempered the saltiness. Will most definitely be making again (with the right paste).

  6. Katie says:

    So good!! I even just made extra meatballs to eat as snacks and they’re super quick and easy protein. Thank you!

  7. Caitlin says:

    Insanely good! We doubled the recipe and I accidentally added twice the amount of eggs so the meatballs came out very moist and less dense but it still worked out. Great way to use ground turkey meat and make meatballs interesting. Big crowd pleaser, will definitely be making it again.

  8. Alyssa says:

    This recipe was quick/easy and flavorful. I loved it so much!! Thanks, Juli! You’re awesome.

  9. Kimberly Bortnick says:

    This was just awesome!! My hubby loved it. I substituted Udon noddles for the rice, and used ground chicken instead of Turkey as I can’t get that in New Zealand. This will definitely go into my rotation! Thank you Jules 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🥰🥰🥰💋!
    Nelson, NZ