Spicy Vietnamese Meatballs recipe

These meatballs really pack a punch of flavour and are full of delicious spices. Serve them with a curry sauce and rice for a fantastically flavourful meal.


  • 500g beef mince
  • 5 bird's eye chillies
  • 5 shallots
  • 2 stalks of lemongrass
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tbsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. fish sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • Handful of fresh coriander


  1. Finely chop the shallots. Chop the coriander leaves and finely chop the stalks. Chop the chillies by removing the stalks and the seeds and carefully chop them – use gloves if you’re particularly sensitive. Chop the lemongrass by cutting it down the middle and then dice it finely.

  2. In a large bowl, place the beef mince, chillies, shallots, lemongrass, lime juice, fish sauce, ginger, curry powder, coriander, salt and pepper and chopped coriander.

  3. Mix everything together using a spoon or your hands and then fashion the mixture into meatballs.

  4. Cook the meatballs by frying them in a little bit of olive oil until cooked through, or simmer them in a curry sauce.

Author: Laura Young

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Published: April 5, 2011
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