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Thai meatballs on a platter with chili dipping sauce on a table.

Thai Tom Yum Meatballs

  • Author: Suwanee
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Low Calorie


These Thai Tom Yum meatballs with ground chicken have all the Thai flavors rolled up into one herbaceous bite. The famous flavors come through with Tom Yum paste and fresh aromatics in this delicious appetizer. Healthy, flavorful, and extra addictive!


  • 1 pound ground meat. Use chicken, pork or turkey meat.
  • 2 tablespoon oil. Or as needed
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon tom yum paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup shallot, chopped small
  • 1/4 cup cilantro stems, chopped small
  • 1 tablespoon lemongrass, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon galangal, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon kaffir lime leaves, finely minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup panko 
  • 2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind or lime juice


  1. Chop ingredients well into small pieces—especially the aromatics. 
  2. Add all the ingredients to the ground meat in a large bowl.
  3. Mix well, using a spatula or your hands. Kitchen gloves are handy here.
  4. Rolls the Tom Yum meatballs into golf ball-sized pieces.
  5. Over medium heat, add oil, then fry the meatballs. Cook until done, 5-6 minutes per side. Cook in batches if necessary.
  6. Garnish with chopped green onions (spring onions), red chilis, or cilantro or julienned kaffir lime leaves. Enjoy!


  • Have a plate lined with paper towels ready to place the cooked meatballs and absorb extra oil for less fat. 
  • Ice cream or Cookie scoop works well to use for even-sized meatballs
  • Kitchen gloves are handy when rolling the meatballs. They don’t stick together
  • Rub a small amount of oil on your hands if you don’t have Kitchen gloves. 
  • If the meat sticks to your fingers, Rinse your hands with water before rolling more.
  • Use medium to low heat if the meatballs start to brown too quickly.
  • The smaller pieces will take less time, especially in the air fryer or oven. See notes below on Variations on how to cook these chicken meatballs.

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  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: Thai

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