Low-Carb Vietnamese Turkey Meatball Bowls

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This Vietnamese Turkey Meatball Bowl is one of my favorite lunches! It keeps well once it’s prepared so it’s great as a packable lunch. This recipe is super low carb but totally indulgent with the miracle (shirataki) noodles. They are a favorite in my house! If you’ve never prepared Miracle Noodles check out this post. There’s a few tricks you need to know in order to make them taste like real noodles.

There’s so much flavor in this meal from aromatics like ginger and garlic to fresh herbs like Thai basil, cilantro, and mint. Don’t skip the quick pickles either, they add a stellar touch of tang!

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Nutritional values (per serving)

7.5 grams 2.8 grams 39.4 grams 55.9 grams 31.3 grams 684 calories
Total Carbs10.3grams
Net Carbs7.5grams
of which Saturated31.3grams
Magnesium68mg (17% RDA)
Potassium781mg (39% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (4%), protein (23%), fat (73%)

Ingredients (makes 2 servings)

Meatball Ingredients:
  • 1 lb ground turkey (450 g)
  • 1-inch (2 1/2 cm) piece fresh ginger, minced (10 g/ 0.4 oz)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp coconut aminos or tamari
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/4 cup oil such as coconut, avocado or lard for frying (60 ml/ 2 fl oz)
Quick Pickles:
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced (85 g/ 3 oz)
  • 1/2 cup matchstick carrots (50 g/ 1.8 oz)
  • 1 cup cucumber slices (100 g/ 3.5 oz)
  • 2 tbsp water (30 ml)
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar (30 ml)
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 bag shirataki noodles (100 g/ 3.5 oz)
  • mixed herbs of choice (thai basil, mint, cilantro)
  • lime wedges for garnish
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  1. In a medium bowl mix together the ingredients for the meatballs.
    Low-Carb Vietnamese Turkey Meatball Bowls
  2. Form into 2-inch (5 cm) meatballs. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat with the oil. Sear meatballs 3-4 minutes per side until crisp and cooked through. Low-Carb Vietnamese Turkey Meatball Bowls
  3. Place the pickle ingredients in a small bowl and toss to combine.
  4. Prepare the shirataki noodles according to these directions. Low-Carb Vietnamese Turkey Meatball Bowls
  5. To serve divide the meatballs, pickles, and noodles between two bowls. Top with herbs and a lime wedge. Low-Carb Vietnamese Turkey Meatball Bowls
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Comments (6)

Hi Martina, these meatballs were so flavourful!
Thanks for posting.
Just one suggestion; I believe the 1/4 cup of oil is for frying the meat and not for adding directly to the meatball mixture. If this is the case, you might want to state that in the ingredients. I added all the oil to the meat mixture and they were more oily and crumbly than I would have liked. Still yummy though 😊


I'm glad you liked them, thank you for spotting this Dora! 😊


“There’s a few tricks you need to know in order to make them taste like real noodles.”
What an obnoxious sentence. As the article you link to makes perfectly clear, these are “real” noodles, ie, a traditional Asian noodle. There are no tricks, you just need to learn how to prepare them in the traditional way.


What is meant by "real noodles" actually refers to starchy noodles that are high in carbs. That is how most people perceive noodles so it is important to differentiate between shirataki noodles and "regular" rice or other high-carb noodles so that they avoid making mistakes. Shirataki noodles are still not that common outside Asia and do not taste the same as high-carb noodles.


I was wondering why the carb count is so high?  Could you enlighten me please. Thanks


Hi Debbie, I'm not sure why you think the carb count is too high? These are just carbs from the vegetables and spices/aromatics used in the meatballs - perfectly fine for a keto diet 😊