Pork Meatballs Recipe with Papaya Salsa

Tamarind pork meatballs with papaya salsa

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Liven up pork meatballs with lemongrass, ginger and tamarind sauce and serve with a refreshing papaya salsa for extra zing


Make these tamarind  pork meatballs, then try more delicious meatball recipes, such as our pork and sage meatballsItalian baked meatballs and vegetarian meatballs.

*This recipe is gluten-free according to industry standards



  • lean pork mince 500g
  • spring onions 4, finely chopped
  • lemongrass 1 stalk, woody leaves removed and finely chopped
  • ginger grated to make 1 tbsp
  • egg white 1
  • tamarind paste 2 tbsp
  • cornflour 1 tbsp
  • oil for frying
  • rice noodles cooked to serve


  • papaya 1, seeded, peeled and diced
  • red onion 1/2, finely diced
  • green chilli 1, finely diced
  • ground cumin 1/2 tsp
  • lime 1, juiced
  • olive oil 1 tbsp


  • tamarind paste 2 tbsp
  • sriracha or other Asian chilli sauce 1 tbsp
  • caster sugar 1/2 tsp
  • lime 1, juiced


  • Step 1

    Put the mince, spring onions, lemongrass, ginger, egg white, tamarind and cornflour  in a bowl. Season really well and form into meatballs (about 20). Heat a little oil in a frying pan and cook until golden all over and cooked through (about 4 minutes each side).

  • Step 2

    Toss all the salsa ingredients with the olive oil and season. Mix the sauce ingredients with 1 tbsp water. Serve the meatballs with rice noodles, salsa and a drizzle of sauce.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 336
  • Fat 17.3g
  • Saturates 5.3g
  • Carbs 18.1g
  • Sugars 9.9g
  • Fibre 2.1g
  • Protein 26g
  • Salt 0.5g