Turkey meatballs are slow cooked in Thai peanut sauce, then served over rice & topped with fresh cilantro, carrots & peanuts in this tasty rice bowl recipe!

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Turkey Meatballs

Earlier this week, I was dreaming of my favorite Thai Peanut Sauce and thinking of new recipes that I could incorporate the sauce into.

During this dreaming/brainstorming process, I was also cooking up Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs for the Cox Smart Home event I was catering and Snapchatting live from this week.

That’s when I got the idea for Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Turkey Meatballs!

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Turkey Meatballs Recipe

I love using ground turkey in recipes! From buffalo turkey meatballs, to turkey chili spaghetti squash, to greek turkey tacos, it’s a deliciously lean protein that’s light on fat and calories, yet still brings the flavor!

Turkey meatballs and peanut sauce are a tasty combination and can be prepped in under 20 minutes! Let them slow cook in a crock pot all day for a deliciously flavorful dish, that can be served over rice, with rice noodles, wrapped up in naan or served by themselves as a delicious party app!

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Turkey Meatballs Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients

Turkey Meatballs

  • 2 tbsp olive oil (divided)
  • 1 cup onion (thinly sliced)
  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger (grated)
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk

Thai Peanut Sauce

  • 1 ½ cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup Thai red curry paste
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice

Serve With (optional)

  • cooked rice
  • shredded carrots
  • crushed peanuts
  • fresh cilantro

To prepare the meatballs, add 1 tbsp olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the diced onions for 4-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Add the ground turkey, garlic, ginger, cilantro, red curry paste, bread crumbs, egg, egg yolk and cooked onions to a large bowl.

Thai Peanut Turkey Meatballs Recipe

Stir to combine ingredients. Portion out into 20-24 golf ball sized meatballs.

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Turkey Meatballs Recipe

Place the same skillet you cooked the onions in back on the stovetop over medium heat with the additional tablespoon of olive oil. Add the meatballs to the skillet and brown on all sides, 2-3 minutes per side.

Place the meatballs in a slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Turkey Meatballs Recipe

Add all of the ingredients for the Thai peanut sauce to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.

Pour the sauce over the meatballs in the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Turkey Meatballs Recipe

Cook on high for 2 hours, or on low for 5-6 hours.

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Turkey Meatballs

There are many different ways to serve these Thai Peanut Turkey Meatballs.

For the first serving I added the meatballs to the beautiful rice bowls you see pictured throughout the post with fresh shredded carrots, cilantro and crushed peanuts.

So much flavor! Seriously loving this bowl trend that’s happening right now!

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Turkey Meatballs

The next day, I wrapped them up in warm naan with a little lettuce, a sprinkle of fresh cilantro and a drizzle of lime juice for a scrumptious lunch wrap!

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Turkey Meatballs Recipe

These meatballs would also be the perfect party app! Put them in the slow cooker in the morning and serve them up for a football watch party, or upcoming holiday parties!

No matter how you serve them, I know you’re going to love this recipe and dream about that Thai Peanut Sauce, just like I do! 😉

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Turkey Meatballs Recipe

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Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Turkey Meatballs

Turkey meatballs are slow cooked in Thai peanut sauce, then served over rice & topped with fresh cilantro, carrots & peanuts in this tasty rice bowl recipe!

Ingredients

Turkey Meatballs

  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk

Thai Peanut Sauce

  • 1 ½ cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup Thai red curry paste
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice

Serve With (optional)

  • 4 cups rice
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup crushed peanuts
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro

Instructions

  • To prepare the meatballs, add 1 tbsp olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Cook the diced onions for 4-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • Add the ground turkey, garlic, ginger, cilantro, red curry paste, bread crumbs, egg, egg yolk and cooked onions to a large bowl.
  • Stir to combine ingredients.
  • Portion out into 20-24 golf ball sized meatballs.
  • Place the same skillet you cooked the onions in back on the stovetop over medium heat with the additional tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Add the meatballs to the skillet and brown on all sides, 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Place the meatballs in a slow cooker.
  • Add all of the ingredients for the Thai peanut sauce to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour the sauce over the meatballs in the slow cooker.
  • Cook on high for 2 hours, or on low for 5-6 hours.
  • There are many different ways to serve these Thai Peanut Turkey Meatballs.
  • I added the meatballs to rice bowls with fresh shredded carrots, cilantro and crushed peanuts.

Notes

Nutrition information provided does not include the optional serving additions, such as rice, carrots and peanuts.

Nutrition Facts

Serving 6gCalories 700kcal (35%)Carbohydrates 30g (10%)Protein 51g (102%)Fat 44g (68%)Saturated Fat 17g (85%)Cholesterol 142mg (47%)Sodium 699mg (29%)Potassium 947mg (27%)Fiber 4g (16%)Sugar 15g (17%)Vitamin A 2505mg (50%)Vitamin C 5.2mg (6%)Calcium 95mg (10%)Iron 5.1mg (28%)
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