Lamb Meatballs with Salsa Verde

  • Author: mimi newman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Sear and bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Keto lamb meatballs with cumin and coriander. Served with salsa verde, arugula and a totally optional yogurt moat. 




  • 1 pound of ground lamb
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  •  Pinch red-pepper flakes
  •  Pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
  •  1 teaspoon Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Salsa verde

  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 34 scallions, roots and green parts discarded
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of capers (drained)
  • Apple cider vinegar as needed

To serve

  • Greek yogurt
  • Arugula



  1. Preheat the oven to 400F
  2. In a bowl combine your 1 lb lamb, 1 egg, and 1 tsp of cumin, 1 tsp of ground coriander, 1 tsp of kosher salt and a few grinds of black pepper, and mix with your hands to thoroughly combine. 
  3. In an ovenproof skillet, heat a little bit of oil and let the pan get hot. Using a spoon or small cookie scooper, portion out 16 one ounce, 1” meatballs and sear them on all sides – about 1 min total. They won’t stay perfectly round, but it will be okay. 
  4. Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook until cooked through, about 10 minutes. 

Salsa verde

  1. While the meatballs are finishing in the oven, in a food processor, combine your 1 bunch of parsley, 3 scallions, ½ cup olive oil, zest and juice of 1 lemon, 2 tablespoons of drained capers, and a splash of apple cider vinegar. 
  2. Pulse a few times to combine. 

To serve

  1. On a platter or on individual plates, smear a layer of greek yogurt on the plate. Then place the meatballs on top, followed by a sprinkling of arugula. Then drizzle the salsa verde — about half of what your recipe yielded — on top, and serve.

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