Japanese tsukune turkey meatballs with smashed cucumber salad

In order to bring you the best organic produce, some ingredients may differ from those depicted.

Japanese tsukune turkey meatballs with smashed cucumber salad

Japanese tsukune turkey meatballs with smashed cucumber salad

Gluten-Free Friendly, Keto-Friendly, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Paleo, Mediterranean, Lean & Clean, Carb-Conscious, <600 Calories, Protein Plus

2 Servings, 390 Calories/Serving

25–40 Minutes

Slathered with a lip-smacking sauce, tsukune meatballs are a staple of Japanese yakitori-style cooking. To up the umami factor we season them with a blend of sesame oil, garlic, and ginger.  

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1 bag serves 2 (2 bags serve 4)
Sunbasket is proud to source the organic ingredients indicated below. On the rare occasion we are unable to meet our organic promise, we'll put a note in your bag.
  • 6 organic scallions
  • Your choice of protein
  • Sunbasket stir-fry blend (coconut aminos - toasted sesame oil - garlic - ginger)
  • 1 organic cucumber
  • 1 organic lime
  • Sunbasket tahini-coconut blend (tahini - coconut milk)
  • 3 ounces organic baby spinach or other leafy greens
  • Sunbasket sesame seed blend (white sesame seeds - black sesame seeds)

Nutrition per serving

Calories 390, Total Fat 26g (33% DV), Sat. Fat 5g (25% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholest. 75mg (25% DV), Sodium 310mg (13% DV), Total Carb. 16g (6% DV), Fiber 5g (18% DV), Total Sugars 5g (Incl. 2g Added Sugars, 4% DV), Protein 25g
Contains: Tree Nuts (coconut), Sesame (sesame)

Sodium does not include pantry salt; for reference, ⅛; teaspoon kosher salt per serving averages 240mg (10% DV). Not a significant source of trans fat. Packed in a facility that handles all major food allergens* and gluten.

*Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacean Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Soybeans, Sesame.


2-serving instructions (4-serving modifications in red)

Wash produce before use


Prep the meatballs

  • Trim the root ends from the scallions; thinly slice the scallions, keeping the white and green parts separate. Set aside the green parts for the smashed cucumber salad.
  • Cut a small corner from the protein packaging and drain off any excess liquid. Transfer to a plate; pat dry with a paper towel. 

In a large bowl, combine the ground meat, white parts of the scallions, 1 tablespoon [2 TBL] stir-fry blend, and 1 tablespoon [2 TBL] cold water and season generously with salt and pepper. Using a wooden spoon or other large spoon, stir the mixture vigorously until it is well combined and looks creamy, about 1 minute. Set the bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes to firm up while you prepare the smashed cucumber. 


Smash the cucumber and scallions

  • Cut the cucumber lengthwise into quarters, then crosswise into 2-inch pieces.
  • Juice half the lime; cut the remaining half into wedges for garnish. [Juice 1 lime; cut the remaining lime into wedges.]

In a resealable plastic bag, combine the cucumber, green parts of the scallions, and 1 tablespoon [2 TBL] lime juice and season with salt and pepper. Using the back of a wooden spoon or the bottom of a cup, lightly smash the vegetables. Let stand while you prepare the rest of the meal.


Shape and cook the meatballs

  • Using wet hands, form the ground meat mixture into 1-inch meatballs.

In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 to 2 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Add the meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in 1 tablespoon [2 TBL] stir-fry blend, and toss to coat. Meanwhile, finish the smashed cucumber salad. 


Assemble the smashed cucumber salad

In another large bowl, stir together the tahini-coconut blend and 1 tablespoon [2 TBL] stir-fry blend; season to taste with salt and pepper (set aside the remaining blend for serving). Add the cucumber, scallions, and any accumulated juices from the bag and stir gently to coat with the dressing. Stir in the spinach and season to taste with salt and pepper and any remaining lime juice.


Transfer the meatballs and smashed cucumber salad to individual plates. Garnish with as much sesame seed blend as you like. Serve the lime wedges and remaining stir-fry blend on the side.

Kids Can!
  • Separate the white and green parts of the scallions. 
  • Juice the lime. 
  • Smash the cucumber and scallions.
  • Assemble the salad.
  • Garnish with the sesame seed blend.