Asian Salmon Meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet
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Asian Salmon Meatballs Over Cauliflower Fried Rice

This simple dinner of Asian Salmon Meatballs over Cauliflower Fried Rice has got my wheels spinning.

My fantasy of owning a Food Truck featuring meatballs is always in the back of my mind, whirling and twirling with endless possibilities.

As with all of my meatball recipes, start by gathering all of your ingredients. Combine everything except the protein, in this case the salmon. Then gently fold in chopped salmon and form into meatballs. This will keep them tender and juicy.

Asian Salmon Meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet

Asian Salmon Meatballs would definitely be a food truck hit!

There’s just the right balance of fresh cilantro and ginger paired perfectly with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce.

And there’s a little kick from our new favorite Chili Crisp Oil.

Every bite is so full of flavor that they’ll become a fan favorite.

If you love perfectly seasoned salmon then you’ll love these meatballs. They’re bursting with aromatic flavor that keeps you coming back for more!

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We’re always looking for new meatball recipes. Have any recipe inspiration you’d like to share in the comments below? Your feedback keeps me motivated in the kitchen :)

All my best,
xo Libby

Asian Salmon Meatballs over cauliflower fried rice with a sesame soy ginger sauce.

Asian Salmon Meatballs

Libby with Lemony Thyme
Asian Salmon Meatballs with just the right balance of fresh cilantro and ginger served with a sesame soy honey ginger dipping sauce that has a nice little kick.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Entree
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4


For meatballs…

  • 2/3 lb. Salmon filet skin removed
  • 3 scallions thin sliced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves rough chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. sriracha or chili crisp oil recipe link in post
  • 1 tsp. red curry paste
  • 3 Tbl. panko breadcrumbs (Gluten Free for GF Version)

For sauce…

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon sriracha or chili crisp oil
  • 1 tsp. fresh ginger grated
  • 1/2 tsp. sesame seeds


For the meatballs…

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Rough chop salmon in food processor. Combine all remaining meatball ingredients, then add salmon and mix until just combined. Make into 12 – 15 meatballs and arrange on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.

For the sauce…

  • In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients and bring to a gentle boil. Spoon sauce over meatballs to serve.


  • Chelai

    5 stars
    I made these for dinner last night and they were a hit. My son who does not care much for seafood REALLY liked them. Only thing I would do differently is double the recipe next time as 12 meatballs wasn’t quite enough for 2 adults and 2 tweens.

  • Kathryn @ anotherfoodieblogger

    I’m still waiting on your Meatball Food Truck, lol! :D Seriously, I don’t know how I can ever get to making all the recipes of yours that I want to because they are all so fabulous!

    • libby

      I’ve not given up on that dream ;) I’m so glad you’re finding recipes you enjoy and really appreciate your comments Kathryn. Thanks for being here.

  • Monica Tan

    5 stars
    Libby, I stumbled on this recipe searching for “Salmon Swedish Meatballs” which were recently served by a caterer at a party. How fortunate am I that this recipe came up in the search. These Asian Salmon Meatballs are out of this world. The only change I made to the recipe is omitting cilantro. I am one of those people that thinks cilantro tastes like soap. I cannot wait to make this again and I am really looking forward to trying your other recipes. You are a ingredients chemist!!

  • Miss Food Fairy

    5 stars
    Looking forward to trying these Asian meatballs – they look delicious! I’m a meatball freak – could eat them for breakfast, lunch & dinner! Thank you for sharing and giving me new inspiration

  • Donna Smith

    5 stars
    I made these tonight and they were absolutely delicious! We love salmon and we love Asian so this combination was perfect. They was just enough spiciness in the meatball and the sauce – we are wimps when it comes to spicy and I was worried when I saw all the Sriracha. We served them over rice and drizzled sauce over everything. Fantastic. Thanks for another winning recipe Libby.

    • libby

      Donna you just made my night. I read your comment and I was thinking “it’s those kind of comments that make it all worth while.” Thank you so much for believing in our recipes enough to share them with your family. xo Libby

    • libby

      Hi Lisa, I’m not sure you’ll get quite the same results with canned salmon but I wouldn’t pass up this dish if you can’t find fresh. You can definitely leave out the cilantro or perhaps replace it with parsley if you enjoy that. I hope you get the chance to make these and please share how they turned out. Thank you, Libby

  • Ellen P.

    Oh these do sound good, but I want all the other meatball recipes, too. I never ate the spaghetti, just the meatballs, sauce and good bread and butter.

    • libby

      Ellen, I am going to work on posting each of these meatball recipes. Based on the responses we’ve been getting…we love our meatballs!! And I’m with you…I’ll have the Spaghetti and Meatballs, hold the spaghetti :)

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