These peanut ginger meatballs are a rich, creamy, decadent recipe that you'll want to add to your weeknight rotation, stat!

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peanut ginger meatballs

I love making meatballs in the air fryer. It’s so much quicker, they always come out perfectly tender, and there’s a lot less cleanup required than when I have to make them on the stove top. I make some variation of air fried chicken meatballs pretty much every week, but I’m always looking to mix up the flavor profile. You can check out some of my other chicken meatball recipes here.

These meatballs in particular are Thai inspired, with peanut, ginger, and coconut flavors that all play so well together. The end result is creamy, decadent, and so so satisfying. Serve it up with some broccoli, some rice, and you have an awesome balanced meal!

Making air fryer peanut ginger meatballs

These peanut ginger meatballs are perfect to make on a busy weeknight because they come together quickly and easily, and they can be made ahead of time and reheated.

To make the meatballs, you’ll need:

  • 1 pound lean ground chicken (or ground turkey if you prefer)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger (I use a microplane)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Oil spray

Mix up all of the ingredients until you have a uniform mixture. Form into 12 even meatballs (I use an ice cream scoop to keep them even), spray well with cooking spray, and air fry at 375 for about 13 minutes, until the outsides are lightly browned.

While those cook, you’ll make your sauce:

  • 1 1/4 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter (make sure the ingredients are peanuts + salt)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon chili paste or sriracha
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar 
  • 1 Tsp toasted sesame oil 
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed 

Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a medium sauce pan, mix together until fully incorporated, and let simmer for 2 to 3 minutes to thicken. Toss meatballs into the sauce and let it all simmer together for another 2 to 3 minutes, until the sauce is thick and the meatballs are fully coated. Serve over rice and vegetables, garnish with chopped peanuts and lots of fresh scallion.

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge, and reheat by microwaving for about a minute. Enjoy!

peanut ginger meatballs

Air Fryer Peanut Ginger Meatballs

Jacklin Altman
These meatballs are tender and juicy, in a creamy peanut sauce that's sure to have everyone coming back for seconds!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Servings 4
Calories 458 kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • Medium saucepan
  • Ice Cream Scoop optional
  • Microplane to grate ginger
  • Garlic Press

Ingredients
  

Meatballs:
  • 1 pound lean ground chicken or ground turkey if you prefer
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onion
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Oil spray
Peanut Sauce:
  • 1 1/4 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter make sure the ingredients are peanuts + salt
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos or soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili paste or sriracha
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed
Garnish:
  • crushed peanuts
  • scallions chopped

Instructions
 

  • Mix up all of the meatball ingredients until you have a uniform mixture. Form into 12 even meatballs (I use an ice cream scoop to keep them even) and spray well with cooking spray.
  • Air fry at 375 for about 13 minutes, until the outsides are lightly browned.
  • Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a medium sauce pan, mix together until fully incorporated, and let simmer for 2 to 3 minutes to thicken.
  • Toss meatballs into the sauce and let it all simmer together for another 2 to 3 minutes, until the sauce is thick and the meatballs are fully coated.
  • Serve over rice and vegetables, garnish with chopped peanuts and lots of fresh scallion.

Nutrition

Calories: 458kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 29gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 822mgPotassium: 820mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 65IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 2mg
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