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Korean Ground Turkey & Rice Bowls

This Korean Ground Turkey recipe is a fast, healthy, and convenient family weeknight dinner. With no prepping this meal comes together in only 20 minutes! Great served along with steamed vegetables, this is a meal you will come back to time and time again!

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overhead view of two bowls of Korean Turkey over rice

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:

• I wanted to ditch the red meat and go with a leaner white meat option.

• 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

How do I make Korean Ground Turkey?

With essentially no prep this meal comes together incredibly easy!

To start you will want to get your rice cooking, depending on your method or package instructions this will likely take longer than then it takes to cook the turkey, so get it started first. Follow the package instructions or hop over to my post about How to Cook Rice on the Stovetop for an easy method!

To get the turkey going you will heat a large skillet over medium heat. Crumble and brown the ground turkey 8-10 minutes until fully cooked. Drain out grease if needed.

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.

Once turkey is fully cooked add the sauce to the skillet. Cook 3-4 minutes until the sauce thickens/absorbs into the turkey.

To serve fluff and  scoop rice into bowls. Divide the turkey over the rice and garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.

Serve immediately and enjoy! Goes great with steamed broccoli or carrots.

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!

a bowl of Korean Ground Turkey over a bowl of rice

Korean Ground Turkey & Rice Bowls

Yield: 4 servings
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

flavorful Korean style ground turkey served over steaming rice and garnished with green onions & sesame seeds


  • 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.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 617.14Total Fat: 11.64gSaturated Fat: 2.79gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 943.64mgCarbohydrates: 96.83gFiber: 0.32gSugar: 17.51gProtein: 30.33g

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

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Korean Ground Turkey

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Lauren, The Schmidty Wife

(post updated 04/30/2019 to include additional information)

P.S. Looking for other quick dinners? Try my 20 Minute Chicken Stir FryOne Pot Southwest Quinoa or my Thai Peanut Chicken & Veggie Bowls.

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Monday 18th of October 2021

I was googling recipes for a batch of ground turkey that was about to go bad and stumbled across this recipe. I used to make a beef version of this a few years back but grew sick of it- this sauce is so much better! We’ll be throwing it into our normal rotation, thanks so much it was delicious!!

Lauren Schmidt

Tuesday 19th of October 2021

Yay! I am so happy you found it Rachel! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!


Wednesday 29th of September 2021

Question, we all loved the recipe BUT my kids wanted more sauce. Is there a way to increase the amount of sauce without increasing the salt (soy) content? The flavor was so yummy but I’m afraid to double the sauce or maybe that would be fine. Please advise and thank you!

Lauren Schmidt

Friday 1st of October 2021

Great question! I would recommend grabbing a bottle of low-sodium soy sauce if you wanted to double the sauce, this would automatically reduce the sodium intake by about 40%! This lets you double the sauce while the sodium content would be much less than if you used regular soy sauce.

Mama K

Tuesday 28th of September 2021

This was exactly the kind of quick, easy recipe I needed for tonight! It was delicious for our lovers of spicy foods, but it was too hot for the kiddos and the flavor wimps.

Next time I make this, I'll leave out the red pepper and double (or maybe even triple!) the sauce. I think that'll make it perfect for our family.


Tuesday 14th of September 2021

I made this recipe tonight and it's a keeper! I needed something different for ground turkey night- tired of sloppy joes and chilli. I did double the sauce and I'm so glad I did. The only thing I did differently was I used a tsp fresh grated ginger (2 tsp for the double recipe) in place of the 1/4 tsp ground ginger, just because I'm a huge fan and always have the root in the freezer. Thanks again!

Lauren Schmidt

Monday 20th of September 2021

So happy you liked it Erin! :)


Sunday 5th of September 2021

I came across this recipe searching up recipes for some ground turkey I needed to use up and normally I wouldnt leave a review but had to. This was absolutely delightful and I actually had all the ingredients here and very pleased with how this tasted. Definitely will be making again! Thank you for sharing this!

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