Ground Turkey Teriyaki is a quick, easy, and tasty meal the whole family will love! It's a great addition to rice and noodles, and perfect for meal prep. You can make this delicious recipe in under 30 minutes, making it a quick weeknight dinner!
Ground turkey is the unsung hero of the ground meat world. We always have packages of ground turkey in our freezer and we cook with it more than we use ground beef or ground chicken. It's so versatile and, if you cook it correctly and with love, it's got such great flavor.
This ground turkey teriyaki recipe is a great way to use ground turkey meat. I love cooking this because you can serve it in so many different ways, and there are lots of options to keep things interesting.
🌟 Why this recipe works
This is a winning busy weeknight recipe that will win you and your family over!
- Fast - You can whip up this flavorful dinner in under 30 minutes.
- Simple - The easy recipe calls for simple ingredients you can find at your local grocery store.
- Versatile - There are so many ways to serve ground turkey teriyaki stir fry! See the Variations section below for some ideas and inspiration that will help keep your dinners at home delicious and interesting.
🛒 Ingredient notes
For the teriyaki sauce
You can use store-bought teriyaki sauce. But I prefer to make my own teriyaki sauce. It's so easy to make, tastes better, and doesn't contain weird unnecessary ingredients.
- Liquids - The homemade teriyaki sauce starts with soy sauce, water (slightly warm water; not cold and not hot), rice wine vinegar, and a little hoisin sauce.
- Sugar - a little brown sugar balances out the flavors in the sauce. You can use light brown sugar, or use dark brown sugar for a richer sauce flavor.
- Aromatics - I love fresh garlic and fresh ginger in my teriyaki sauce. But you can use garlic powder and ground ginger if you prefer.
- Cornstarch - I add a little bit of corn starch to thicken up the sauce. You can leave this out if you don't mind a thinner sauce.
For the ground turkey:
- Ground turkey meat - Lean ground turkey is the star of the show in this easy recipe! Make sure your meat is fully thawed if you are using frozen ground turkey.
- Aromatics - Onions and garlic are the flavor foundations of this dish!
- Vegetables - Finely chopped broccoli, grated carrots, and finely diced red bell peppers add vitamins and minerals and delicious crunch to this ground turkey teriyaki recipe.
- Oil - Use vegetable oil, canola oil, or avocado oil -- an oil that has a neutral flavor -- to use to stir-fry the ground turkey.
Garnishes include sliced green onions (aka scallions or spring onions), and sesame seeds.
✅ Step-by-step instructions
You'll find a full list of ingredients and detailed instructions in the printable recipe card below at the bottom of this post. Here's a visual step-by-step cooking guide to help you make the best ground turkey teriyaki!
- Make the sauce and set it aside.
- Add the oil to a hot large skillet or wok over medium-high heat.
3. Sauté the onions and garlic.
4. Add the ground turkey meat and cook the meat through, until you no longer see any pink.
5. Add the vegetables and stir, cooking for a couple of minutes.
6. Add the sauce and toss to coat all of the meat and veggies with the sauce. Cook for a few minutes then serve with rice or noodles.
👩🏻🍳 Substitutions, additions, and recipe FAQs
- Instead of ground turkey, you can use another lean protein such as ground chicken or ground pork, or lean ground beef instead. You may find that the ground chicken needs a minute or two more to cook than ground turkey, and ground beef may cook a minute or two faster.
- Instead of hoisin sauce, you can substitute oyster sauce. You can also use dark soy sauce to add the rich flavor that you get from hoisin sauce.
- Good substitutions for rice wine vinegar include white wine vinegar, sherry, and apple cider vinegar.
- You can use your favorite vegetables in this teriyaki stir-fry. In addition or in place of the recipe's broccoli, carrots, and red bell pepper, try zucchini, cabbage, cauliflower, snap peas, baby corn, or snow peas.
- In addition to or in place of the sliced green onions, you can add some chopped cilantro or chopped fresh parsley to garnish the dish before serving.
Yes! Allow the meat to cool, then store in a freezer bag or freezer safe airtight container in the freezer for up to two months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
Allow the meat to cool, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three or four days.
🍽 Serving ideas
This recipe is great to use for ground turkey teriyaki bowls. Simple serve over white rice, garlic rice, or brown rice (try our Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Brown Rice recipe) to make a quick and easy teriyaki turkey rice bowl.
I also love this easy dinner recipe served over noodles, like our easy Chili Garlic Noodles.
The crumbled ground turkey teriyaki is also delicious with an Asian Cucumber Salad.
🍷 🥂 Wine pairings
Like most other Asian recipes, the flavors of ground turkey teriyaki pair well with Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, and Albariño white wines.
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Ground Turkey Teriyaki
For the teriyaki sauce
For the ground turkey mixture
- 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
- ½ cup diced onion
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1½ cups finely chopped broccoli
- 1 cup grated carrots (about 2 medium carrots)
- ½ cup diced red bell pepper
- 2 scallions, sliced thinly
- 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
- In a large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, water, rice wine vinegar, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and cornstarch. Set aside.
- Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. One the oil is hot, add the garlic and onions and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the turkey and break up the meat, cooking until just cooked through, about 2-4 minutes.
- Add the vegetables and stir, cooking for 2 minutes.
- Pour the sauce over the ground turkey mixture and toss to coat the meat with the sauce.
- Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds before serving.
Nutrition information is a general estimate. Actual nutrition details may vary depending on the exact foods & brands you use to make this recipe. It does not take into account any substitutions, toppings, or optional ingredients.