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Asian Turkey Meatballs With Lime Sesame Dipping Sauce

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These Asian inspired meatballs are out of this world! Made with ground turkey, ginger, scallions, cilantro and sesame oil with a tangy sesame-lime dipping sauce.

These Asian inspired meatballs are out of this world! Made with ground turkey, ginger, scallions, cilantro and sesame oil with a tangy sesame-lime dipping sauceAsian Turkey Meatballs With Lime Sesame Dipping Sauce

You can make these for dinner over zucchini noodles. You can also serve them as an appetizer by halving their size and setting on toothpicks for the dipping sauce. A few of my other favorite meatball recipes are Buffalo Chicken Meatballs, Sweet ‘N Spicy Turkey Meatballs with Bacon and BBQ Sauce, and Eggplant “Meatballs”.

These Asian inspired meatballs are out of this world! Made with ground turkey, ginger, scallions, cilantro and sesame oil with a tangy sesame-lime dipping sauce

I first posted these meatballs back in 2010 and the quickly became a fan favorite! Often I served them with brown rice or Asian “fried” brown rice, but lately I’ve been on a zoodle (zucchini noodle) kick and made them for dinner this week served over these zucchini noodles for a low-carb meal and they were fantastic!

To make the zucchini noodles, you’ll need a spiralizer (I love my Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer) or a mandolin fitted with a julienne blade. You can see my Italian Zoodles and Meatball recipe here for more detailed instructions if you wish to make this as a side, the only difference was here I used sesame oil to cook the zucchini.

Turkey meatballs over a plate of zoodles.

Raw ingredients of the Asian turkey meatballs in a bowl

Uncooked turkey meatballs on a tray, zoodles being spiralized and a bowl of sesame lime dipping sauce with a whisk.

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Asian Turkey Meatballs with Lime Sesame Dipping Sauce

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These Asian inspired meatballs are out of this world! Made with ground turkey, ginger, scallions, cilantro and sesame oil with a tangy sesame-lime dipping sauce.
Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
These Asian inspired meatballs are out of this world! Made with ground turkey, ginger, scallions, cilantro and sesame oil with a tangy sesame-lime dipping sauce
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 35 mins
Yield: 4 servings (12 meatballs)
Serving Size: 3 meatballs w/ sauce


  • 1/4 cup panko crumbs
  • 1-1/4 lbs 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp ginger minced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 scallions chopped
  • 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil

For the Dipping Sauce:

  • 3 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh scallion


  • Preheat oven to 500°F.
  • In a large bowl combine the ground turkey, panko, egg, salt, scallions, garlic, ginger, cilantro, 1 tbsp of the soy sauce and 2 tsp sesame oil.
  • Gently mix with your hands until combined well.
  • Shape meatballs 1/4 cup in size and transfer to a baking sheet.
  • Bake until cooked through and browned, about 15 to 18 minutes.
  • For the dipping sauce: mix the lime juice, water, soy sauce, and remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in a bowl.
  • Add the scallions and set aside.
  • Transfer the meatballs to a serving dish.
  • Stir the sauce, then drizzle the meatballs with a little of the sauce.
  • Serve the meatballs with the remaining sauce on the side.

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Serving: 3 meatballs w/ sauce, Calories: 300 kcal, Carbohydrates: 7 g, Protein: 30 g, Fat: 15 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 148 mg, Sodium: 866 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g


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428 comments on “Asian Turkey Meatballs With Lime Sesame Dipping Sauce”

  1. These were delicious! I subbed fresh parsley for cilantro – I love cilantro but didn’t have any. So yummy! I also reduced heat to 450 and cooked a little longer. Will be making these and the sauce again soon. 

  2. Looking forward to trying this but the recipe is for Lime Sesame dipping sauce but the recipe “card” lists lime cilantro.

  3. This is one of my favorite recipes! I am starting WW for the first time and was interested how you figure out the smart points?

  4. This sounds amazing!  Do you have a favorite GF sub for panko?  I am assuming maybe a crushed cereal is best…  I’d love to know your thoughts!  Thanks for ALL of the fabulous recipes!

      1. Delicious recipe.  Last time I made it I realized we didn’t have any breadcrumbs.  I crushed some GF rice crackers instead.   They worked great as a substitute for the panko.

  5. I’ve read through all the comments and haven’t seen an answer to the many asks about
    If the cooking time is different for 1/2 size/ appetizer portion meatballs?
    And, if they should be frozen raw, or cooked? I’m guessing raw, thawed, then cooked?
    What about frozen raw, in some of the marinade?
    Need an answer ASAP, making again this weekend. TU

  6. Absolutely delicious-loved by all- each and every bite!!! The sauce was a nice addition and enhanced the well seasoned meat. 

  7. A staple in our house! I follow the recipe as written, but omit the soap – Er, Cilantro – and always double that yummy dipping sauce!!!! Thanks!!

  8. We bought a 7 lb. package of 93% ground turkey at Costco a few weeks ago, and I immediately knew that you’d have tons of delicious recipe ideas to help us use it (I divided it into 1.25-ish lb. packages and froze). So far I’ve made the giant turkey meatball, BBQ bacon mini meatloaves, and this recipe and we have loved all three. The only changes I made to this recipe were to use regular onions instead of scallion (not as authentic, I know, but it’s what I had), and baked at 450 instead of 500 because I didn’t want to set off the fire alarm in our apartment. 😊 They looked pretty much done after 15 minutes, but I did broil them for another minute or 2 to get a bit more color on the top of the meatballs. Served with brown rice and steamed broccoli, and I had to hide the last 3 meatballs from my boyfriend so I could take them for lunch today! I’ve been using your recipes since 2012, back when I was cooking for myself and trying to lose weight. Thanks in no small part to you, I lost 35 lbs. and have kept it off. Now I’m cooking for two and trying to maintain my weight, which is not exactly easy living with a man who loves to eat, but we make your recipes all the time and they’re boyfriend-approved. Thank you so much!

  9. Any idea if I can leave the egg out? We have an allergy and just wondering if they will totally fall apart if i don’t use it. 

    1. You could try with ground flaxseed as an egg replacer (mix with some water and let sit first). I’ve used flaxseed frequently to hold together meatballs.

  10. These were so easy to make and so delicious like all of your recipes! I haven’t found a bad one yet! My kids (age 3 and 1) liked them too! 

  11. Absolutely wonderful meatballs. I use a cookie scoop and place on baking pan instead of rolling into perfectly-round meatballs. I have used just a pound of ground turkey (16 oz) and keep all the other ingredients the same proportion. I often add an extra garlic clove as well. My family eats these without the dipping sauce. With the leftover cilantro bunch, I make chimichurri sauce and have used that in the meatballs instead of the cilantro/sesame oil. That way I can take the sauce out of the freezer (frozen in ice cube trays) and have a close proximation of the recipe if I don’t have fresh cilantro on hand. Overall, just a really great recipe that even my husband will eat and he doesn’t care for cilantro.

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    Paula O'Leary

    These were so delicious and moist on the inside while having a yummy crispiness on the outside!! I will for sure save this recipe!!!

  13. These are fantastic! I am on the Dukan diet so low fat/low carb options are important to me. I go through a lot of ground turkey based recipes as a result and I’ve tried many turkey meatball recipes – this is one of my favorites!!! The only tweaks I made because of my diet was I swapped out the breadcrumbs with a few tablespoons of oat bran fiber since I’m allowed to have that and I used 99% lean turkey. I use these as a snack with a bit of sriracha or I throw them into a zucchini or shirataki noodle stir fry. Absolutely delicious!!!

  14. These are in the oven right now. I was not able to get 12 meatballs out of 1-1/4 lb of ground turkey when I measured with a 1/4 cup. 

  15. I have been making these for years. We love them! They taste great with pork instead of turkey as well. Thanks for the recipe!

  16. This is one of my absolute favourite recipes!! I usually take it as party food (where everyone raves about them) – but have also used this filling in stuffed baby mushrooms.
    The only changes I make is that I include some finely chopped water chestnuts to the meatballs for crunch and some sliced fresh red chilli to the sauce for presentation.
    Awesome recipe – love, love, love it

  17. I made these today. They were delicious! I will definitely make these again. The only ingredient I didn’t have was fresh ginger, so I substituted with dry ground ginger. And I set the oven to 450 degrees for 12-13 minutes. They were perfect!