|December 19, 2023

Spicy Asian Meatballs With Thai Vinaigrette Dipping Sauce

By Bulletproof Staff
Reviewed for Scientific Accuracy

Spicy Asian Meatballs With Thai Vinaigrette Dipping Sauce

Asian meatball recipe provided by Veronica Culver, The Enchanted Cook

Sometimes you have a hankering for a particular thing, and lately, I’ve had Bành mi on my mind, the inspiration for this recipe.

And while pork meatballs aren’t what you’d expect to find on a traditional banh mi, this just worked. It’s very simply, Asian-spiced ground pork formed into little balls, which conveniently cook up in a matter of minutes. The vinaigrette-style dressing is light and fresh, reminiscent of a tart Thai chili sauce.

Alternatively, you can also serve these mini Asian meatballs over a salad of mild mixed greens for a delicious lunch or dinner.

You can use whatever greens you like. I prefer a mild mix of tender baby greens blended with sweet pea shoots topped with organic Asian microgreens. Just toss a clamshell of greens together with 2 chopped green onions and a half-cup of chopped cilantro.

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Spicy Asian Meatballs With Thai Vinaigrette Dipping Sauce

A kiss of Asian spices makes these pork meatballs extra-tasty. Don't forget to add the Thai vinaigrette dipping sauce!
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Prep15 minutes
Cook15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
DietKeto, Low Carb
Servings32 Meatballs



  • 1 lb ground pastured pork
  • 3 green onions , chopped small
  • 3 tbsp micro cilantro or chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger , finely grated
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemongrass , finely grated (see Cook’s Note)
  • 2 garlic cloves , pressed or finely grated
  • ½ fresh Thai or serrano chile , finely minced (more or less depending on heat preference)
  • 1 ½ tbsp coconut aminos
  • ¾ tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 tbsp unflavored coconut oil , for cooking

Thai Dipping Sauce

  • 1 lime , juiced
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp Brain Octane Oil
  • ¼-½ fresh Thai chili , finely minced
  • ¼ tsp fresh ginger , finely grated
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Mint leaves , for garnish (optional)


To Make Meatballs

  • In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients except the cooking oil together.
  • Roll into small balls — approximately 32 meatballs — and set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet to medium heat and add the cooking oil.
  • Place the meatballs in a single layer, working in batches if needed, and cook for approximately 6-7 minutes, turning as you go to lightly brown on each side.

To Make Dipping Sauce

  • In a small bowl, add all of the ingredients and whisk together.
  • Serving Suggestion
  • Put Thai dipping sauce in a small ramekin in the middle of a large serving plate.
  • Line the serving dish with mint leaves, as garnish. Place the spicy Asian meatballs on top of the mint leaves and skewer with toothpicks.

Nutritional Information

  • Servings: 8 meatballs
  • Calories: 249
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Fiber: 0.6 g
  • Sugar: 0.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.7 g
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