Korean Ground Turkey & Rice Bowls

overhead view of two bowls of Korean Turkey over rice

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! 

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!

Korean Ground Turkey & Rice Bowls

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.
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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22 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! 🙂

  2. This was so good, and was on the table in 30 minutes!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  3. Just made this and was very happy with the results! Delicious!!!

    1. I’m so glad that you enjoyed it!

  4. I made this vegan by swapping seitan crumbles in for the turkey, and maple instead of the honey, and it was a big hit! easily customizable 🙂

  5. Mary Ann Pixton says: Reply

    We’ve done this recipe with ground beef before. My husband found your recipe online, and it is every bit as good! Absolutely delicious, it’s in our regular rotation now….having it tonight! Thank you!

    1. Aww thanks so much! I am so glad it’s made it to your regular rotation! I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment!!

  6. Would you think it’s possible to make this and then use the meat and rice to stuff mushrooms. If so should I cook the rice and ground Turkey like the directions says. Would it hurt to mix it and then stuff the mushrooms and bake in the oven for 20 minutes?

    1. Hi Kirk, without testing it I can’t honestly say, my guess is it might dry out, you might need to add some sort of liquid to keep it moist. Hopefully whatever way you try works for you!

  7. This is outstanding!!!!!!!!! Love how easy it is too!!!!!

    1. So glad you enjoyed it Hailey! 🙂

  8. So my daughter does not eat red meat and I was making a Korean beef dinner. I look up what I could do for ground turkey and this instantly popped up. It took my 3 minutes and it was delicious. I even thought to myself maybe I should give up the beef. Easy simple and delicious. Thank you to whoever came up with this.

    1. Thank You! I am so glad it worked out for you and your daughter Michele! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment!

  9. Delicious! It was a hit with my six year old and so easy peasy to make.

  10. I’m planning to make a lower-sodium version of this. Any suggestions before I play around with it on my own?

    1. Hi there! I would definitely start by making sure you are using a low-sodium soy sauce to reduce the sodium content, just switching that out alone should make a big difference! You could also try a soy sauce alternative called Coconut Aminos which would also have lower sodium, I have not tried it in this recipe but it probably would work! Hope that helps!

  11. Keesha Hamilton says: Reply

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

    1. 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!

  12. 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!

    1. 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!

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