Thai coconut soup with turkey meatballs

Thai coconut soup with turkey meatballs

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(20 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 2
Lean and thrifty, turkey mince makes a great substitute for chicken in this spicy Asian noodle soup

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal537
  • fat29g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs27g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre3g
  • protein43g
  • salt2.9g


  • ½ small pack coriander, stems chopped, leaves reserved
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 250g turkey mince
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
    Fish sauce

    Fish sauce

    A seasoning often used in Vietnamese and Thai cooking. In Vietnam it is usually made from shrimp…

  • 2 tbsp Thai tom yum or Thai red curry paste
  • 400ml can low-fat coconut milk
    Coconut milk in a glass, with half a coconut

    Coconut milk

    ko-ko-nut mill-k

    Coconut milk is not the slightly opaque liquid that flows from a freshly opened coconut –…

  • 500ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • zest and juice 2 limes



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 300g pack stir-fry vegetable
  • 200g pack cooked egg or rice noodle


  1. Put the coriander stems and garlic in a food processor, pulse until finely chopped, add the turkey and 1 tsp of the fish sauce, and blend again. Roll into meatballs about 3cm in diameter.

  2. In a saucepan, heat the tom yum or curry paste with a splash of water for 2-3 mins. Pour in the coconut milk, stock, lime zest and juice, and remaining fish sauce. Bring to a simmer, add the meatballs and cook for 3 mins. Add the vegetables and cook for 5 mins more, or until the meatballs are cooked through.

  3. Add the noodles to warm through just before serving. Season, pour into 2 bowls and top with coriander leaves.

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Dawn Robson's picture
Dawn Robson
6th Dec, 2017
This will be a regular meal for us. I chopped my own veg and included bok choy for the first time of ever using it. Yup liked it! How nice it is to follow a recipe devised especially for two people, very much appreciated
23rd Aug, 2015
Excellent meal, really tasty we've eaten it many times in a couple of weeks. The only thing I have done , is to use just one lime as the other members have suggested and it's worked a treat .
mrsjroberts's picture
21st Oct, 2014
Absolutely delicious! I was looking for a way to use up turkey mince and this was just yum! I used less lime juice (by about a third) plus I added ginger & 1 red chilli to the meatballs. Could use pork mince too for variation. Added to our regulars list!
13th May, 2014
Delicious! Used full fat coconut milk and added a chilli for a bit of heat. Would serve 4 as a starter or 3 as a main meal. Yum.
26th Mar, 2014
Yumm! This was a great easy dinner and really tasty. After reading other comments, I took it easy on the lime just to make sure it didn't split the soup, so I keep the heat low, added the juice and zest from one lime slowly and stirred, then added a bit more to my taste. I also added a bit more red curry paste and fish sauce and also added a small bit of palm sugar to balance it all out. I also added a chopped red chilli, as I like a bit of heat. Don't use low fat coconut milk, it just doesn't taste the same and your actually removing the good stuff that coconut milk contains. Over all a winner in this house!
RosieVimes's picture
24th Mar, 2014
Made this recipe for dinner last night and it turned out perfectly. Full of Thai warmth and flavour. Used Red Thai Curry Paste which worked really well, and didn't experience any problems with curdling or splitting with the reduced fat coconut milk. Really quick and easy to make, will certainly be doing it again. It does make a little too much for 2, but I've kept the left overs for my lunch today. Highly recommend it!
21st Mar, 2014
I tried this recipe using Tom Yam Paste and it turned out really sour and otherwise bland! Perhaps Thai red curry might have been a better option - I think I'll give this another go at some point.
19th Feb, 2014
Delicious and easy!
20th Jan, 2014
Really tasty and filling. I made it a second time with wontons instead of meatballs also nice
27th Nov, 2013
Very nice. I always use full fat coconut milk (because the processes and 'bulking' additives used to turn coconut milk into a faux low fat product destroy all its health benefits) and I added sesame oil, a dash of soy, extra coriander leaf, finely sliced red chilli, Asian mushrooms and bean shoots to the broth. I used only one lime and I had no problems with splitting.


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