Ninja Air Fryer Coconut Thai Meatballs, are the perfect appetizer to ring the New Year with some panache! Hi there friends, it is Jennifer here from JENRON DESIGNS. Today I am sharing one of my New Year’s Eve appetizers, Ninja Air Fryer Coconut Thai Meatballs.

Every New Year’s Eve we always like to have a bunch of small plate appetizers throughout the evening as we ring in the New Year. This year we thought why settle for the same old boring version of the barbeque meatball we always make? You know the one with grape jelly and barbecue sauce, yes, we all make it. So I say, why not be a little adventurous and try something new, and different this year, out with old in with new!

Let’s Get Started

Start by mixing your meatball ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. This is the ground pork, panko, coconut flakes, minced ginger, garlic, scallions, lime zest, ponzu sauce 1/2 tsp pepper, and 1/2 tsp of salt.

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For ease, I like to hand mix my pork and seasoning. Then use a small ice cream scoop to get my meatballs the same size, for consistency in cooking, and do a smooth finish roll prior to placing into my Air Fryer. I aim for about a 1 – 1 1/2 ” diameter which is just under the size of a golf ball.

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When you are ready to cook I recommend cooking around a dozen at a time, for 10-12 minutes at 390 degrees. You will want to keep a close eye on them and turn them or shake your drawer often to get even browning.

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Serving Suggestions

While the meatballs are cooking you can make your dipping sauce and toasted a few simple garnishes of crisped green beans and peanuts, which make a healthy finger snack as well. The nuts and beans have been light coated with some olive oil and dusted with red chili flakes and salt. Saute’ for 5 minutes or until crispy, do not burn, the peanuts should become aromatic.

Thai Coconut Dipping Sauce– Mix 1/4 cup of Coconut Milk with 3 oz of Kikkoman Thai Red Chili Sauce and reserved Lime Juice in a small saucepan. Lightly heat until warm, transfer to serving bowl or drizzle on top, if serving on a bed of rice.

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A really great party tip is that you can pre-roll your meatballs and store them in Tupperware or Ziploc bag until you are ready to cook. They even freeze great as well, so you can make large batches at one time and store them back for single uses.

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Ninja Air Fryer Coconut Thai Meatballs

Jennifer G
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Sauce & Garnish 5 mins
Total Time 32 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Thai
Calories 240 kcal

Equipment

  • Ninja Air Fryer
  • 1 QT Saucepan
  • Saute Pan
  • Zester
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Ice Cream Scoop- optional

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 lb Ground Pork
  • 1 thumb Ginger Peeled, Minced
  • 2 cloves Garlic Peeled, Minced
  • 1 tbsp Ponzu Sauce
  • 1 Lime Zested for Meatballs, Juiced for dipping sauce
  • 1/2 cup Panko
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Flakes
  • 2 Scallions Thinly Sliced
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Plain
  • 3/4 lb Green Beans Washed, Sliced into bite size pieces
  • Olive Oil as needed
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Flakes & Salt
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Milk
  • 3 oz Kikkoman Thai Red Chili Sauce

Instructions
 

  • Start by mixing you meatball ingredients together in a large mixing bowl- ground pork, panko, coconut flakes, minced ginger, garlic, scallions, lime zest (only) , ponzu sauce 1/2 tsp pepper and 1/2 tsp of salt.
  • Mix pork and seasonings together. Use a small ice cream scoop to get meatballs the same size, for consistency in cooking, and then do a smooth finish roll prior to placing into Air Fryer. I aim for approximately a 1 – 1 1/2 " diameter, which is just under the size of a golf ball.
  • Cook in batches of a dozen at 390 degrees for 10-12 minutes. You will want to keep a close eye on them, turning them or shaking your Air Fryer drawer often to get even browning.
  • While the meatballs are cooking make your simple garnish of fresh green beans and peanuts. Lightly coat with some olive oil and dusted with red chili flakes and salt. Saute 5 minutes or until crispy, the peanuts should become aeromatic, do not burn.
  • For the is dipping sauce– Mix 1/4 cup of Coconut Milk with 3 oz of Kikkoman Thai Red Chili Sauce and reserved Lime Juice in a small saucepan, lightly heat until warm, transfer to serving bowl or drizzle on top if serving on bed of rice.

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