Oh man, I really can’t wait to go back to Japan. February seems so far however its only 5 months away. I really can’t wait to go down Pontocho Alley in Kyoto again and peep into the intimate, traditional restaurants. Busy and atmospheric diners that serve the classic dishes of Japan. I saw chicken tsukune yakitori as more a snack or a cheeky addition to a Japanese feast but I love them just as dainty juicy meatballs over rice.
Just like us brits, the Japanese have comforting recipes to warm up the soul and this is one of them. Chicken meatballs with soy sauce jus on fluffy sushi rice was a common dish I saw in the traditional restaurants. Using the leaner poultry, turkey, this recipe is not short on flavour and comfort.
A real, easy dish to rustle up on a chilly winter evening, Japanese turkey meatballs will become a midweek favourite.
Juicy turkey mince, sesame seed oil, garlic, ginger and spring onions married together to make these wonderful bites of succulent heaven. Topped with glossy soy sauce jus and served on fluffy japanese rice. Traditionally, these meatballs can be eaten with a fresh raw egg. As strange as it might sound, it is delicious, however its crutial that egg is extremely fresh. Don’t want to get sick now do we?
This easy recipe makes about 12 bitesize Turkey Tsukune meatballs and can be shared with the gang. I have know don’t that you will love my Japanese Turkey Meatballs. They’re:
A little note, I really love these meatballs with my Japanese tomato salad. It’s refreshes the palette and compliments the umami flavours of the meatballs perfectly.
Warm up your autumnal evenings with these Japanese Turkey Meatballs. This Tsukune meatballs recipe serves 4 people. If you do make myJapanese Turkey Meatballs , or any similar recipes like my ‘Katsu Chicken & Chips‘, ‘Miso Beef Curry’ or ‘Gammon & Egg Kimchi Fried Rice‘ then leave a comment or tag a photo on my Instagram or Twitter, Facebook.
- 500g Lean Turkey Mince
- 2 Spring Onions, Finely Chopped
- 5cm Fresh Ginger, Grated
- 2 Garlic Cloves, Crushed & Minced
- 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce,
- 1 Tablespoon Sesame Seed Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Mirin
- Salt & Pepper, For Seasoning
- 100g Plain Flour, For Dusting
- 3 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
- 3 Tablespoon Mirin
- 2 Garlic Cloves, Crushed & Finely Chopped
- 1 Tablespoon Oyster Sauce
- In a large mixing bowl, add your turkey mince, garlic, ginger and spring onions and work the ingredients together with your hands. Once evenly mixed together, season and add your soy sauce, sesame seed oil and mirin and work the liquids into the mixture.
- With wet hands, form 2cm sized circular balls with your palms.
- In a separate bowl, add the flour and gently coat the meatballs in it. This is so the meatballs don't fall apart as the mixture is quiet wet.
- In a deep frying pan, heat vegetable oil to a medium temperature. Once hot, add the meatballs and cook until golden brown on all of the outside of the meatball. Once evenly browned, let the meatballs fry until completely cooked through. Once cooked, place on a sheet of kitchen towel to soak up excess oil.
- In a medium saucepan, fry your garlic until it starts to release aromatic tones and then add all the rest of the sauce ingredients. The sauce can burn quiet quickly so be careful that it doesn't turn.
- Serve the Japanese Turkey Meatballs with fluffy sushi rice and generously pour the soy infused sauce on top. Sprinkle with spring onion if you desire.