Keto Asian meatballs with Thai basil sauce

Keto Asian meatballs with Thai basil sauce

All right. Let’s talk floral Thai basil flavor. Let’s talk spicy ginger. Let’s talk tangy pickled onions. Wait. Enough talk – let’s eat some Asian-style meatballs!

Keto Asian meatballs with Thai basil sauce

All right. Let’s talk floral Thai basil flavor. Let’s talk spicy ginger. Let’s talk tangy pickled onions. Wait. Enough talk – let’s eat some Asian-style meatballs!
4 servingservings


  • 20 oz. 600 g ground pork
  • ½ ½ yellow onion, mincedyellow onions, minced
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 20 oz. 600 g green cabbage
  • 2 oz. 50 g butter or coconut oil
Pickled onion salad
  • 1 oz. 30 g scallionscallions
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp water
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp salt
  • 1 1 red chili pepperred chili peppers
Thai Basil Sauce
  • 2 oz. 50 g radishradishes
  • 45 cup 200 ml mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp fresh Thai basil, finely chopped


Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Slice the chili pepper and scallions for the pickled onion salad. Mix rice vinegar, water and salt in a small bowl. Add chili and scallions and set aside for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Chop radishes finely and mix with the Thai basil and mayonnaise. Add salt and pepper to taste. Reserve.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200°F (100°C). Mix all meatball ingredients. Using wet hands, shape into 18-20 balls. Fry in oil until thoroughly cooked and golden brown. Keep warm in the oven.
  4. Shred the cabbage using a sharp knife, mandolin slicer or a food processor. Fry in butter or oil in a large skillet placed on medium high heat. Stir occasionally until the cabbage is browned, but still a bit chewy.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Plate the cabbage with the meatballs on top and serve the sauce and pickled onions on the side.


Switch it up! The Asian flavors in these versatile meatballs taste just as good with ground poultry. Chicken or turkey both work beautifully. Make extra! You can freeze the meatballs for up to 3 months, so leftovers won’t go to waste.

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  1. Tester
    These completely disintegrated while cooking. Turned into a hash. It was tasty, but not meatballs.
  2. John
    hard pass.
  3. Mike
    Took waayyy longer than the 40 minutes allotted, but was very tasty. We don't have access to Thai basil, so I used regular basil and it turned out fine.
  4. jen
    they did fall apart a bit, so had to reroll and firm them up. Kids thought they were dry, but we just added extra duck sauce...which added sugar to the dish but made it edible
  5. Lisa
    No problem with them falling apart but mixed with turkey sausage. A bit long for prep, so I suggest just throwing in the scallions on top of the cabbage and meet. One less side to worry about. They tasted good and were very filling. We used Napa Cabbage, which was good, but cooked differently.
  6. Pat
    Do you mix the coconut oil into the meatball mixture or just fry them in the coconut oil?
  7. Amy
    I used Tamari instead of fish sauce in the meatballs. They were easy to make and delicious. We made a different dipping sauce and didn't make the pickled onions. We also made this salmon because I had a piece of salmon that needed to be cooked. We had sautéed cabbage on the side and it was a delicious meal.
  8. Rebecca
    Why is the cabbage listed in the meatball ingredients? It's kind of confusing the way it's written.
  9. Kathy
    I added a 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese to the mixture as a binder. I also put mine in a 12 cup cake, cup cake pan and baked them at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. We loved them.
  10. Bunnie
    I loved loved loved this dish! I didn’t know cabbage could taste do good. Alone the meatballs were ok, maybe some garlic? That being said, when you put it all together it comes together beautifully! Will make again!
  11. Kelsey
    recipe was a little confusing to follow because of the ingredient list not being organized very well. Still... came out delicious. Would make again! Love the radish basil sauce !
  12. Robin
    wasn't a fan
  13. Janelle
    I do not recommend this at all.
  14. RALPH
    -use egg for binder and little bit of coconut flour
    -did not follow scallion salad. add scallion and vinegar to cabbage instead
    -added thai basil to pork
    -added lime, sriracha and white vinegar to mayo mixture
    -put in muffin pan and bake for 400F 20-25mins convection
    -hella good. enjoy
  15. Liz
    Really enjoyed this. Made double the scallion and chilli mix. Meatballs were tender and stayed together perfectly. Good combination of flaours. This one is a keeper.
  16. Seb
    Overall way too rich/fatty for my personal taste. Fried pork, mayo, overkill. Maybe poultry will be a better option.

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