Korean Ground Turkey & Rice Bowls

Korean Ground Turkey

So this recipe is a total cheater recipe, it is many times removed from the original Korean Beef that it is based after, so before anyone calls me out on it not be authentic I 100% realize this. I was most interested in coming up with a cheap, healthy, and fast version of this beloved dish that anyone can make. Korean Ground Turkey & Rice Bowls are so incredibly easy, it is a recipe that literally anyone could make and it is done fast, like dinner on the table in 20 minutes fast.

So why’d I do all these switches:

• Ground turkey where I live & shop (costal New Hampshire Market Basket’s) is way cheaper then ground beef. This might not be the case for everyone everywhere but I have come accustomed to grabbing for the ground turkey instead of beef.

• You can use very low fat ground turkey and it will still taste amazing, a lot of times ground turkey can be a little tasteless, not in this recipe the sauce adds so much flavor, to quote my husband, ‘I didn’t know you could make ground turkey taste this good’.

• I tried to keep the sauce simple but I did change out the traditional brown sugar for honey. I try to keep my family away from refined sugars and try to stick with natural sweeteners if necessary. In this recipe my husband actually preferred the honey flavor over the brown sugar flavor!

Overall I hope you enjoy these Korean Ground Turkey & Rice Bowls for a super quick weekday dinner or lunch!

Korean Ground Turkey

Korean Ground Turkey


• For the rice: use whatever rice (or grain) you prefer. In my opinion white rice tastes best but might not be the best option for you, choose brown rice or even cauliflower rice for a healthier option.

• This dish goes great with some steamed broccoli

• Remember to start your rice cooking before you start on the ground Turkey, it takes longer 🙂

• I have gotten a lot of feedback that people love to double the sauce, so by all means double the sauce!

Korean Ground Turkey & Rice Bowls
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Korean Ground Turkey & Rice Bowls
Cook Time:
20 minutes
Total Time:
20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Category: dinner
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cups uncooked rice (white or brown)
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated or minced
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • green onion & sesame seeds for garnish
  1. Cook rice according to package directions.
  2. In a large skillet, over medium heat brown the ground turkey 8-10 minutes until fully cooked.
  3. While turkey is cooking, make the sauce. Add garlic, honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, red pepper flakes, and black pepper to a bowl. Mix together.
  4. Once turkey is fully cooked add the sauce to the skillet. Cook 3-4 minutes until the sauce thickens/absorbs into the turkey.
  5. Serve the turkey over the rice. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.

Nutritional data is automated, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made.

Nutrition information
Calories per serving: 617.14 kcal
Fat per serving: 11.64 g
Saturated fat per serving: 2.79 g
Carbs per serving: 96.83 g
Protein per serving: 30.33 g
Fiber per serving: 0.32 g
Sugar per serving: 17.51 g
Sodium per serving: 943.64 mg
Trans fat per serving: 0.12 g
Cholesterol per serving: 78.24 mg
Nutrition label for Korean Ground Turkey & Rice Bowls
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Korean Ground Turkey

Peace & Love

Lauren, The Schmidty Wife

(post updated 01/05/2018 to include nutritional information)

P.S. Looking for other quick dinners? Try my One Pot Southwest Quinoa or my Thai Peanut Chicken & Veggie Bowls.

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2 Replies to “Korean Ground Turkey & Rice Bowls”

  1. Do you have the nutrition facts for this recipe?

    1. Hi Christina! I am glad you asked, I have been slowly updating all of my recipes with nutrition cards and so I went ahead and updated this recipe for you! You will find all of the nutritional information at the end of the recipe. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

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