Asian Quinoa Meatballs (Turkey Quinoa Meatballs)

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Total Time:    35 minutes

Nutritional per serving
Calories: 165 kcal
Fat: 6 g
Protein: 15 g
Carbohydrates: 12 g

Let’s take meatballs to whole new level and make them more delicious and healthy than ever with this awesome Asian Quinoa Meatballs recipe from damndelicious.

The recipe replaces fatty beef or pork mince with turkey to make the meatballs much leaner – and using quinoa instead of breadcrumbs just tops it all off.

These super-easy bites are cooked in a tasty Asian-style glaze and will appeal to the whole family. You can enjoy them as texture or flavour boost on top of pasta or rice.


Makes 20 meatballs (Nutrition calculated per 3 meatballs)

  • 450 grams ground turkey
  • 150 grams cooked quinoa
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha, or more, to taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish

For the sauce

  • 50 grams soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha, or more, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Asian Quinoa Meatballs Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Lightly oil a 9×13 baking dish or coat with nonstick spray.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, quinoa, garlic, onions, egg, soy sauce, sesame oil, Sriracha, salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Using a wooden spoon or clean hands, stir until well combined.
  5. Roll the mixture into 1 1/4-to-1 1/2-inch meatballs, forming about 18-20 meatballs.
  6. Place meatballs onto the prepared baking dish and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until all sides are browned and meatballs are cooked through.
  7. To make the sauce, whisk together soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, sugar, sesame oil, Sriracha and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan over medium high heat.
  8. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water.
  9. Stir into soy sauce mixture until thickened, about 2 minutes.
  10. Serve meatballs immediately with sauce, garnished with green onion and sesame seeds.

Tips & alternatives

If you like the sound of this Asian Quinoa Meatballs recipe, you may like to check out some of our other quinoa recipes.

And if you’re interested in learning about the world’s healthiest foods you may wish to check out our superfood series section. We have a growing list of articles including Garlic, Almonds, Flax Seed, Avocado, Broccoli, Cinnamon, Blueberries, Quinoa and more.

Recipe and photo courtesy of damndelicious

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