Yellow Curry Meatballs

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Yellow curry Meatballs

Meatballs are one of my favorite dinners! I love that they are the perfect size for an appetizer, dinner or even lunch. But tbh I get sick of the same old italian meatballs. SOLUTION! These yellow curry meatballs are even better!

I know its so hard to believ but there is a razy secret that makes these healthy yellow curry meatballs delicious and some of the best meatballs I have ever had! 


Whats the secret to the perfect yellow curry meatballs?

FRUIT! Adding pear (or apple) to the recipe gives a sweetness to balance out all the spices while keeping your meatball juicy. Plus these are super diet friendly, no gluten or additives. 

Have you every made something so tasty you ate maybe a bit more then you should have before it made it to the dinner table…. GUILTY. 

Make a double batch to freeze the leftovers and enjoy an easy homemade dinner. They freeze so good and can be popped into the slow cooker so dinner will be ready when you are!

Great recipe for a new spin on meatballs if you’re hosting a dinner party and need something different. You will want to make it again!

Why you will love this yellow curry meatballs recipe. 

  • Super Easy
  • Extremely Tasty
  • Healthy (Soy Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Preservative Free)
  • Family Friendly
  • Freezer Recipe
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Are yellow curry meatballs healthy?

Yes! I am a huge component of preservative free living. We do our best to make food with whole real ingredients. This doesn’t always mean organic, mainly because we cannot afford organic for every item, but I do aim to purchase organic items where they count. 

These meatballs have a curry sauce and are made without gluten. Whole 30 and paleo approved. A great recipe for any dietary clean eating lifestyle. 


Ingredients you will need for this healthy yellow curry frozen meatballs recipe. 

  • ground beef
  • onion
  • pear
  • egg
  • curry powder
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
  • garlic powder
  • tomato paste
  • full fat coconut milk
  • lemon juice

What type of coconut milk can I use?

Use the can of coconut milk. We are wanting the coconut cream and coconut water that comes in a can of full fat coconut milk. The coconut cream is a common ingredient in curry’s that give a smooth creamy texture in the sauce. Plus there is a bit of sweetness in coconut milk which balances out the curry powder really nice. 

How to make the curry sauce?

SUPER EASY! In the past sauces have intimidated me. But this one is as simple as throwing all the sauce ingredients together in a food processor or high speed blender and blending until smooth. 

How to make this yellow curry meatballs recipe in the slow cooker?

Just throw everything into a slow cooker and let it cook for you. No mess, no fuss and a delicious home-cooked dinner!


What kind of meat can I use for yellow curry frozen meatballs?

Ground beef or ground turkey will work really well in this recipe. 
When ground beef was hard to find #covid I made curry turkey meatballs and couldn’t believe how much flavor they and. Usually I am worried about meatballs being too dry with ground turkey but this recipe was so tender and juicy!
You could also try using ground pork but be sure to balance the pork with a lower fat meat so that it is not too fatty. 

What to serve with this sweet curry meatballs recipe?

Serve as an app at any party with all of your other favorite apps or party meals. 
If you’re serving as a main dish then serve over your favorite rice (we love basmati rice) and add some hummus, pickled veggies and some naan bread for the most amazing curry dinner. I even love to make curry rice to soak up all that saucy goodness!!

How to store this simple curry meatballs recipe?

After cooking store in fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

Do I need a slow cooker for this recipe?

You can use a slow cooker or crock pot for this recipe. These slow cooker curry meatballs couldn’t be easier. I do like to sear them on the stovetop or bake for a few minutes before sticking them in the crockpot tom keep your Thai curry meatballs from falling apart in the slow cooker. Curry meatballs slow cooker can also be served out of your crockpot for a party as an app. Just throw some toothpicks on the side and let everyone enjoy!
It is designed to be fast and easy so you do not have to take the time to cook all night.

Can I use an instant pot instead?

Of course! If you are tight on time or a last minute cook then throw everything in the instant post and adjust cook time. Frozen meatballs instant pot recipes are a great way top enjoy an easy dinner. You can even throw your frozen meatballs into the instant pot right out of the freezer without any extra thaw time or work.
For slow cooker to instant pot conversion times click here to get a simple instant pot cheat sheet. You will never have to guess or research an instant pot cook time again!

*See FAQ’s and specific tips following recipe below. (so you don’t have to scroll for a million years to find the food 😉 ).

How do you make this Yellow Curry Frozen Meatballs Recipe? 👇 

Yellow Curry Meatballs

Thai inspired yellow curry meatballs the whole family will enjoy. With health benefits and a mild flavor these sweet curry meatballs are a great easy and cheap freezer meal you will love.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Thai
Keyword: frozen meatballs, Frozen Meatballs Instant Pot, Yellow Curry Meatballs
Servings: 6 Adults
Calories: 248kcal
Author: Hannah Stewart



  • 3 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 cup Onion, diced
  • 1 cup Pear, diced (You can also use apples)
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbsp Curry Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper

Curry Sauce:

  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tbsp Curry Powder
  • 6 oz can Tomato Paste
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Turmeric
  • 14 oz Full Fat Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice (juice of one lemon)*
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper

Supplies for freezing:

  • 1 Gallon Freezer Bag



  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Mix meatball ingredients together by hand and form into golf ball sized meatballs.
  • Set meatballs onto baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  • Cook in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.
  • Blend all curry sauce ingredients in high speed blender or food processor*If freezing meatballs for a future dinner go to freezer directions after this step is complete.
  • Pour curry sauce into a saucepan on the stove and bring sauce to a simmer.
  • When meatballs are done baking set them into a glass baking dish and top with curry sauce.
  • Serve as is or over basmati rice (cauliflower rice if paleo) and enjoy!

Freezer Directions:

  • Label Freezer bag with Recipe name, cooking from freezer directions and expiration date (todays date plus three months).
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Mix meatball ingredients together by hand and form into golf ball sized meatballs.
  • Set meatballs onto baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  • Cook in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.
  • Blend all curry sauce ingredients in high speed blender or food processor.
  • When meatballs are finished cooking remove from oven and let cool.
  • Once cool place meatballs and curry sauce into labeled gallon freezer bag and freeze for up to three months.

Cooking from Frozen (Slow Cooker) Directions:

  • Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  • Dump contents of freezer bag into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 1-2 hours or high 30 minutes - 1 hours.
  • Serve as is or over basmati rice (cauliflower rice if paleo) and enjoy!

Cooking from Frozen (Instant Pot) Directions:

  • Add 1/2 cup water for every lb of frozen meatballs going into instant pot.
  • Add in frozen meatballs from freezer bag.
  • Pressure cook on high 4 minutes. NPR
  • NPR for an additional 4 minutes then quick release.
  • Serve as is or over basmati rice (cauliflower rice if paleo) and enjoy!

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Frequently asked questions

No problem! Just throw the freezer meal in your slow cooker and you’re all set. If it doesn’t fit thaw it for a few minutes in warm water. (You may need to add an extra 30 minutes cook time if completely frozen when cooking).

Yellow curry is inspired by Indian curry with flavors focused on turmeric, coriander and cumin. It is not quite as bold in the curry flavor as an Indian curry but still speaks to that type of spice and can be much more mild.

Meats that go well with this type of curry are Chicken, beef, lamb and mild veggies like potatoes corn etc…

Kaeng Lueang which is Thai for yellow curry.

Traditionally in Thailand it is a sour curry which is lighter in color then red curry but spicer and sharper in taste. This recipe is not a traditional kaeng lueng but rather inspired by the traditional embracing a sweet flavor without spice. I love to create recipe with inspired flavors that the whole family can enjoy since my kids do not love spice. But we as a family do love Thai meatballs coconut milk curry recipes. 

TIP: it is easy to add spice and boldness if you want by adding red pepper flakes to the sauce to desired spice level.

A serving size assumes 1 cup of yellow curry meatballs at 248 kcal per serving. 

Absolutely. Frozen meatballs instant pot recipes are a great way to enjoy an easy dinner when you are short on time.

You may have to play around with cook times. If you’re interested in an instant pot cheat sheet for cook times click here!

Yellow curry is different from others because of the high levels of turmeric in the sauce. Turmeric has a ton of health benefits and makes this a very healthy and tasty curry sauce. Especially for those who are not a huge fan of the traditional curry spice you can purchase in America.

Turmeric has been proven medically to have many health benefits. Turmeric is also very present in curry’s so its a great way to get added benefits to your health such as

  1. Natural Anti-Inflammatory
  2. Dramatically Increases the Antioxidant Capacity of the Body
  3. Linked to Improved Brain Function and a Lower Risk of Brain Diseases
  4. Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease
  5. Can Help Prevent (And Perhaps Even Treat) Cancer

This is a great article on many proven benefits of turmeric. 


Yellow curry is very high in vitamin A and vitamin C. There is also a very low cholesterol count in curry dishes (depending on the meat used) making it extremely healthy for those with any kind of conditions. Vegetarian yellow curry is cholesterol free and dairy free.

That is completely up to you but the most popular in Thailand is green curry. It tends to be the spiciest and the sweetest. The high levels of coconut milk balance out the high level of spice. Since my kids do not love spice our family tends to love yellow curry recipes the best. Like the one in this yellow curry meatballs recipe.

Chuck steak, chuck shoulder, lamb shoulder, chicken and mild root vegetables. 

Tandoori or other coconut based curries are extremely healthy based on benefits in the spices and the fact that it is extremely diet friendly to those with gluten intolerances, dairy intolerances or other restrictions.

Yellow curry in America tends to be some what mild with a sweet taste and bit of spice

Any curry with a heavy coconut cream/milk base will be more mild than without. Also less chiles means more mild. Try adjusting the spice level of a curry by decreasing or omitting the red pepper flakes if they are present in the dish.

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