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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

TIPS & TRICKS:

• 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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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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Gloria

Wednesday 10th of June 2020

I have made this numerous times, but never think to take a picture. It is one of our favorites. Love it.

Iysha

Wednesday 27th of May 2020

My daughter has the hardest time with the texture of meats. Ground turkey has been a go-to, but we can only have ground turkey tacos for so long! I saw this recipe while googling "recipes with ground turkey," hoping I would find a recipe that was going to be a keeper for our family. This was it! My daughter had seconds! Putting this into our meal rotation. Thank you!

Jodi

Monday 18th of May 2020

This was so delicious! I could eat this meal every week. I love how easy it was to come together. I added a bit of shredded carrots for color.

Bridget

Friday 10th of January 2020

Hi Lauren-on the nutrition facts is it 617 calories per serving or for the whole recipe? Thank you-can't wait to try it!

Lauren Schmidt

Sunday 12th of January 2020

Great question! 617 is an automated calculation for 1 serving but you are right for questioning it because it doesn't seem right. I calculated the recipe again without the rice because I think the rice was throwing it off and with NO rice 1 serving (1/4 of the recipe) is approximately 266 calories. So if you are watching calories I would suggest adding 266 to the calorie amount of how much rice you are consuming for a more accurate calorie count. Hope that helps and hope you enjoy it!

Keesha Hamilton

Friday 5th of July 2019

What if I only have garlic powder. Can it still be made?

Lauren Schmidt

Saturday 6th of July 2019

Absolutely! I would probably start by adding 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, taste test and add a little more if you think its needed. Great question!