Banh Mi Meatballs

When you’re craving the flavors of bánh mì, these Banh Mi Meatballs come together quickly and easily!

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Bánh Mì, that classic Vietnamese sandwich that has me hooked with its pork-meets-fresh-meets-pickled goodness, takes a turn down easy street with this recipe for Banh Mi Meatballs. Enjoying these addictive flavors just doesn’t get any easier than this!

Cast Iron Gourmet cookbook from Megan Keno

This banh mi meatballs recipe comes straight from the pages of Cast Iron Gourmet, written by my friend Megan of Country Cleaver.

If you follow Megan, then you already know that she loves, loves, loves her cast iron skillets and cookware. And she definitely knows her way around the kitchen, sharing fun recipes that are loaded with flavor and boast a beautiful presentation.


She has a way with her recipes that especially speak to people who are looking for gourmet dishes and flavors, but with simpler time-saving techniques and ingredients. Cast Iron Gourmet is PACKED with deliciousness!

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I like to use local Minnesota Simek’s mini pork meatballs when I make this recipe. A regular sized pork meatball would also be great.

In her cookbook, Megan suggests that if you can’t find pork meatballs, just go ahead and substitute beef meatballs.

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The flavorful sauce comes together super quickly and tastes fantastic. I promise you, you’ll be dipping your spoon in the sauce repeatedly, waiting for the meatballs to finish cooking.

Completely addictive!

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Banh Mi Meatballs are versatile:

  • Serve them straight from the skillet with toothpicks, as an appetizer.
  • Tuck them inside buns, similar to a classic bánh mì.
  • Or serve them over rice, for a full-on meal.

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My version of this dish includes my nearly famous pickled red onions, plus fresh mint and lime. I just have to have these items whenever I enjoy bánh mì.

I’m a total condiments girl.

But these extras are definitely not necessary.

Either way, I promise you’ll experience awesomeness.

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Banh Mi Meatballs

Yield: serves 4 as a meal, 8 as an appetizer

Cook Time:15 minutes

Calories per serving: 158


optional condiments:

  • 1/4 c. chopped mint
  • pickled red onions
  • lime wedges, for squeezing fresh juice over the top right before eating


Heat 12″ cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add meatballs and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes, turning every minute or so.

In a small bowl, combine sweet chili sauce, teriyaki sauce, and fish sauce. Pour sauce into skillet and toss meatballs to coat. Cover skillet and let meatballs cook for about 10 minutes, until thoroughly warmed and meatballs reach 165° F, stirring every few minutes. If you want to thicken the sauce a bit, uncover skillet and turn up heat to medium-high. Stir regularly until sauce is thickened to your liking.

Remove skillet from heat and then scatter carrots, cilantro, and jalapeño over the top. If you like, also sprinkle with fresh mint and serve with pickled red onions and lime wedges.

Serving suggestions:

  • over rice, as a main entree
  • tucked inside a bun, like traditional bánh mì
  • with toothpicks, as an appetizer

From Cast Iron Gourmet by Megan Keno of Country Cleaver.


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