Spicy meatballs

Spicy meatballs

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(44 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 6
These are great to make with the kids. Teach them about handling raw meat and using different flavours

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal173
  • fat5g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs10g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre1g
  • protein23g
  • salt0.35g
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  • 500g minced chicken, turkey, lamb, beef or pork



    While it's the traditional Christmas bird, turkey is good to eat all year round, though…

  • 1 medium onion



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed or chopped
  • 2 tsp mild or medium curry powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 1 tsp garam masala
    Garam masala

    Garam masala

    gar-am mah-sarl-ah

    Meaning 'warming spice mix', garam masala is the main spice blend used in North Indian…

  • ½ tsp paprika or cayenne pepper



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 50g fresh breadcrumb
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.

  2. Put the mince into the mixing bowl. Add the onions, garlic, curry powder, cumin, garam masala, paprika or cayenne pepper and coriander, then mix well. By adding these spices, you’ll get a delicious flavour without having to add any salt.

  3. Add the beaten egg and breadcrumbs, then mix again.

  4. Divide the meat mixture into 15-18 evensized pieces and shape into balls (they should be about the size of a walnut). Always wash your hands thoroughly after handling raw meat so you don’t transfer any germs that may be on the meat to other food or equipment.

  5. Heat the oil in the frying pan over a medium heat and add the meatballs using a spoon. Cook them for 5 mins, turning until golden brown. Remove from the pan and place them on to the tray. Bake in the oven for 15-20 mins.

  6. Remove from the oven. Remember to use oven gloves! Allow to cool slightly and serve with a fresh, crisp green salad, some pitta bread and tomato salsa.

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28th Jul, 2016
We tried these for the first time this week and they were delicious. Just the right amount of heat unless you're really metal in which case just add a finely chopped red chilli. We don't fry much in our house so I baked them in our fan oven for 10 minutes at 180° and they crisped up perfectly with a juicy inside. These have a decidedly Asian flavour so we served them with a raita made from Greek yogurt and mint sauce to cut through the heat. This recipe is definitely a keeper
28th Mar, 2016
Excellent! Great to knock up on a Sunday and eat for lunches throughout the week - love this
6th Dec, 2015
Really quick and tasty. Turns boring turkey mince into a nice meal.
11th Oct, 2015
I will try this but found it strange that the recipe went to the trouble of explaining why these spices were added, the importance of washing hands, using oven gloves but doesn't tell you what you're supposed to do with the medium onion, apart from add to the mixture. I will probably chop it first!
9th Jan, 2014
Great recipe. I didn't call it spicy meatballs when I described it to my adult daughter as I knew she would say she wouldn't like it for her lunch. I just called it meatballs in sauce ( I followed the tip above to make a sauce). She took some to work for her lunch and loved it. I'm not keen on meatballs but my husband and myself really enjoyed this recipe! 5 stars
15th Feb, 2013
I kept to your recipe and im glad i did it was very taste I will be making this meal again thankyou :=)))
26th Jan, 2013
Made them with Moroccan spices and they were delicious!
13th Jan, 2013
I only made enough meatballs for two, they were delicious, served with rice and peas.
11th Jan, 2013
My son who is 8 and I made this receipe last night. The whole family loved it even my 4 yr old!! If I was making his just for my husband and I I would make it more spicy, but this receipe was perfect for the kids.
23rd Oct, 2012
This is a really good way to perk up turkey mince which can be a bit lacking in flavour - the spices mean that you don't need to add much salt but they are definitely better with a bit of sauce to add moisture! I didn't bother frying them - it's not needed, why make extra washing up ;-)


24th Apr, 2015
Have tried it with turkey before
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