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Plant-Based Coconut Curry Meatballs With Soup


15 minutes


35 minutes



This recipe was inspired by two other recipes you may have seen on my blog before, my Coconut Curry Soup and my Vegan Greek Meatballs with Whipped Feta and Creamy Orzo. I’ve combined the yummy flavours of curry soup with the hardiness of meatballs for this soup with Coconut Curry Meatballs. And boy is it a match made in heaven!

Coconut Curry Meatballs

Why you’ll love these Coconut Curry Meatballs:

  • It’s a unique recipe combining meatballs and curry – an odd but delicious combo
  • It is loaded with flavour from the spices in the curry 
  • The meatballs make this soup very filling 
  • It’s dairy-free, gluten-free & meat-free
  • A creative plant-based twist on traditional turkey meatballs

Coconut Curry Meatballs

How do I make vegan meatballs? 

I love making faux meatballs. They are really filling and they’re often a piece of food you can make and easily trick the meat-lovers in your family. For this recipe, you can use whatever vegan meat substitute you prefer. Grab the sub and add-in:

  • Chopped white onion
  • Garlic
  • Oil
  • Bread crumbs
  • Oat milk (or your fav vegan milk)
  • Spices: red curry paste and yellow curry spice
  • A handful of fresh chopped mint and green onions

All you do is toss all the above ingredients into a bowl and mix them well using your hands to combine all the ingredients. Then create golf size balls & cook them up. This recipe should yield around 12-14 depending on how big you make your balls! 


Coconut Curry Meatballs

How do you make coconut curry soup? 

The next step is the soup! Into a large bowl, add your oil and heat it up on medium-low heat before adding your onion. Sweat that onion out and stir it often so it doesn’t burn!

Next add these ingredients before adding your red pepper, but any vegetables will work!

  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Curry
  • Cumin

Let this all cook for 3-5 minutes. The longer you cook, the more fragrant the soup will so take your time if you have it. 

Once this is fragrant, pop the lid on and let it cook until it’s tender (about 5 minutes). Remove the lid and increase the heat up to add your:

  • Red curry paste 
  • Chili flakes
  • Coconut milk
  • Water
  • Veggie stock paste
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Coconut aminos
  • Tofu

Stir all the ingredients up and bring to a boil. Prepare your grain/pasta/rice as instructed on the package.  Before serving, toss those meatballs into your soup!

Coconut Curry Meatballs

Coconut Curry Meatballs

How should I serve my Coconut Curry Meatballs & Soup?

Throw on your favourite garnishes. This soup pairs nicely with:

  • fresh cilantro
  • fresh lime
  • mint
  • red chili pepper

Other soup recipes you’ll love:

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Close-up shot showcasing the details of the yummy coconut curry meatball soup. One of my fav, comforting vegan meals.

Plant-Based Coconut Curry Meatball Soup

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Dishes, Soup
  • Cuisine: Vegan


This yummy, creamy Plant-Based Coconut Curry Meatballs Soup is to die for. Loaded with flavour, and filling.



For the Meatballs:

396 gram (14 oz) of your choice of vegan meat substitute

3/4 cup sweet white onion, finely chopped

3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 cup bread crumbs*

3 tbsp. oat milk

1 tsp red curry paste**

2 tbsp. fresh mint, finely chopped

2 tbsp. fresh green onion, finely chopped

1 tsp umami spice (optional, I used Trader Joe’s)

1 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp fresh cracked pepper

1 tbsp. yellow curry powder

For the Soup:

2 cups cooked white rice or any small pasta you have on hand

1 tbsp. coconut oil

1 medium-sized white onion, finely chopped

1 red pepper, finely chopped

3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 2 inch cube of ginger, grated or finely chopped – skin removed

1 tbsp. curry powder

1 tsp. cumin

2 tbsp. red curry paste**

season to taste

1/2 tsp chilli flakes – add as little or as much as you’d like

1 can coconut milk

46 cups boiling water (more if you find the soup is too thick)

2 tsp. veggie stock paste

2 tbsp. nutritional yeast – I used Bob’s Red Mill

1 tbsp. coconut aminos

1 cup cubed tofu (optional)

garnish with: fresh cilantro, fresh mint, lime and red chili flakes


Prepare your meatballs by adding all your ingredients into a bowl, mix well using your hands and create golf size balls.  Should yield around 12-14.

Prepare your desired grain/rice or pasta of choice and set aside.  I would recommend 1/2 of rice/grain/pasta per serving.

For the soup. Into a large soup pot add your coconut oil and heat for 20-30 seconds on medium-low heat before adding your white onion.  Sweat this out for around 5 minutes.  Stir often to avoid burning.

Now add your peppers and cook for 1-2 minutes before adding your garlic, ginger, curry and cumin.  I let this cook for 3-5 minutes.  The longer you let them cook, the more fragrant the soup.

Remove lid, increase heat to high and add your red curry paste, desired seasoning to taste, chilli flakes, coconut milk, water, veggie stock paste, nutritional yeast, coconut aminos and tofu. Stir till everything is well combined and then bring mixture to a boil. Cook for 10-12 minutes.

Prepare your meatballs by adding them to a well-greased pan and pan-frying for 6 minutes on each side on medium-high heat.  You want your meatballs to be crispy and golden brown!

To assemble, place a generous amount of soup base to a bowl, add in some meatballs and rice/grain/pasta and top with rice and your fresh garnish.


*if you are gluten-free then opt for gluten-free bread crumbs

**if you do not have red curry paste then green paste would also be wonderful!

Meatballs are freezer friendly.  Simply prepare, roll and freeze.  Cook from frozen for 10 minutes on each side on either a lightly greased frying pan on medium-low heat or in the oven at 400F on a lightly greased baking sheet.

Keywords: vegan, sauce, turkey, Thai, milk, red, free

Montana Leigh

YESSSSS. I’m a soup fiend no matter the weather outside. Am I obsessed with this soup? The answer is quite literally yes. I think in the months of December, January, & February I made a huge pot every other week so I’d never be without it😅.
I’m super excited to try making the meatballs to add to it!
PLEASE make this recipe if you haven’t yet- you will love it!

Maria Koutsogiannis

This makes me so happy! thank you, Montana!

Ashley Gilbert

All my fav vegan soups come from Maria! I loaded up this one with a bunch more veggies like cauliflower, mushrooms and chard, and I added some lemongrass to the broth while it simmered and it turned out bomb!

Maria Koutsogiannis

This sounds amazing! The addition of lemongrass is genius. Well done, beauty!

Sienna Trautman

So creamy and delicious !! Perfect for soup season (which is all year in my opinion) wonderful

Maria Koutsogiannis


Rachel kent

Omg. So good!! Can’t wait to try different variations of grains because I don’t think you can go wrong with this soup!!
And can I just say- the app is amaaaaazing!! I love that it is so to switch back and forth between the steps and how much to use of ingredients and it stays lit!!!! You don’t have to worry about unlocking you phone 500x while cooking. #firstworldproblems but so worth the investment for the app!

Maria Koutsogiannis

YES!!! This makes me so happy!! Thank you so much for your support, hun!


Came out supper yummy 😋

Maria Koutsogiannis

YES!!! So glad you loved this Maggie!

Karen Leckie

This soup is full of flavor, will definitely be making it again. Yum!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Karen!!

Lenna G.

Unbelievable Dish! Meatballs were divine and everything was so full of flavour. I used orzo and happened to have lime leaves so threw two in to the broth as well. Absolute 10/10 – my new favourite recipe!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thanks so much for the love, Lenna!


Loved this recipe and it worked perfectly for our little family. Mom and dad got the real deal and the little ones had a deconstructed version (“meatballs”, rice and raw veg for them).

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the love, Sarah!

Taylor M

My husband was worried about the amount of onions so we used a little bit less onion than was written, but we LOVED this dinner! The mint in the meatballs, the broth…so delicious! Can’t wait to make it again and share with friends.

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESSSSS!!! Thank you so much Taylor!! ONION = FLAVOUR BABY!!!! woooo so glad you loved it!

Sarah Boland

Loved this recipe and it worked perfectly for our little family. Mom and dad got the real deal and the little ones had a deconstructed version (“meatballs”, rice and raw veg for them).


This looks so damn good!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Lauren!


This recipe is so comforting and delicious! Perfect for any occasion and time of year!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you, Alexa!!


I made this for dinner tonight – wonderful flavours and zero leftovers (unfortunately!). I’ll be making this regularly, thanks for a great recipe!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESSSS, I love this recipe so much thanks fo the love, Izzy!

Megan Mitchuz

this curry broth was amazing!!!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Megan!


Such a simple recipe! Thanks Maria for this creative approach to curry!

Maria Koutsogiannis

You’re so welcome, Betty! Thank you!


I made this recipe and we loved it! Thanks so much! I will be making those balls every week!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thanks so much Kathy! I love this recipe so much!

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