Crispy Laab Meatballs Recipe

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Frank Prewitt Published: March 4, 2021 Modified: March 5, 2021
Crispy Laab Meatballs Recipe

How to Make Crispy Laab Meatballs

These Thai laab meatballs are flavor-packed perfect for an easy weeknight meal. Loaded with ground pork and toasted rice powder with tangy and spicy notes.

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 35 mins
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  • 3 tbsp Thai sticky rice, or jasmine rice, uncooked
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, torn into chunks, stem removed
  • 1 lb ground pork, preferably not lean
  • 1 tbsp galangal, minced
  • 3 tbsp lemongrass, minced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped, with stems
  • ¼ cup sawtooth coriander, or use more cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup small diced shallots
  • ½ tsp chili flakes, to taste
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • canola oil, for frying
  • mint, for serving
  • butter lettuce, for serving


  1. In a dry pan, toast sticky rice and kaffir lime leaves over medium high heat, stirring constantly, until the rice is a deep golden brown and the lime leaves are crisp.
  2. Let cool slightly and grind both the rice and the lime leaves in a mortar and pestle until fine.
  3. Combine pork, toasted rice powder, shallots, lemongrass, galangal, cilantro, sawtooth coriander, lime juice, fish sauce and chili flakes; mix well.
  4. Form loosely into 1½-inch balls and fry in 350 degrees F oil until browned.

  5. Serve on its own or make a wrap with a piece of lettuce and mint. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Taste the mix for seasoning by cooking up a small amount in the microwave or on a frying pan.

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