This the Easiest Ever Ground Turkey Stir Fry! It’s low carb too – all you need is ground turkey, bell peppers, carrots and cabbage.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Olive oil – or another neutral oil like avocado oil, sunflower oil or grapeseed oil. If you're looking to add extra flavour, add in some sesame oil.
- Yellow onion – if you don't have yellow onion, you can use red onion, white onion or shallots.
- Ground turkey – ground chicken or pork would also work if you don’t have any ground turkey on hand.
- Salt – to taste.
- Carrot, red pepper, cabbage and green onions – swap out for any other veggies of your choice like peas, baby corn, water chestnuts, green beans, broccoli, bean sprouts, celery or mushrooms.
Stir fry sauce
- Low-sodium soy sauce – coconut aminos or tamari are the best substitutes for soy sauce.
- Honey – corn syrup, molasses or maple syrup will bring a bit of sweeteness.
- Garlic – I find that freshly minced garlic is best, but jarred minced garlic will work in a pinch.
- Ginger – if you don’t have any fresh ginger, use a bit of ground ginger powder.
- Sriracha – sambal oelek or sweet chili sauce will help add a bit of kick to your sauce.
How to make ground turkey stir fry
Step 1: Prep your ingredients.
Chop up all the veggies and mix together the soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger and sriracha.
Step 2: Sauté the onions.
Sauté the onions in a pan on the stovetop until softened.
Step 3: Cook the ground turkey.
Add the ground turkey and break up with a wooden spoon. Season with salt and sauté until lightly browned.
Step 4: Add the veggies.
Add the carrot, bell peppers and cabbage, and sauté until softened.
Step 5: Stir in the sauce.
Add the sauce and cook until it thickens slightly.
Step 6: Serve and enjoy!
Remove from heat, stir in the green onions and serve or store for later.
Variations of this stir fry
It's super easy to customize this ground turkey stir fry! Here are some different variations on the simple recipe:
- Protein: Use ground chicken, ground beef, ground pork or tofu instead of ground turkey.
- Vegetables: Add in more veggies like mushrooms, zucchini, bok choy, green beans, broccoli, water chesnuts or cauliflower.
- Spices: Adjust the amount of sriracha or chili garlic sauce based on your spice preference. You could also add in some fresh ginger for added flavour!
- Keto: Leave out the honey and go light on the soy sauce to make this stir fry keto-friendly.
- Serving Suggestions: Serve this ground turkey stir fry on it's own or with a side of cauliflower rice to keep it low carb.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ground turkey has a mild taste, but the stir fry sauce for this recipe will give it plenty of flavour! The sauce is really easy to make and uses mostly pantry staples. All you need to do is mix together soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger and sriracha or chili sauce for a bit of kick.
The longer you allow the sauce to cook, the thicker it will become. If your ratios for liquid are off, you might need to add something else to the sauce. Cornstarch is a great choice – a little bit will almost immediately thicken your sauce and is an easy gluten-free way to thicken sauce. Another option is flour, but you want be sure to mix it into the sauce completely to avoid clumps.
You can enjoy this stir fry on its own, or serve it with a side of cauliflower rice to keep the dish low carb. If you're not concerned about keeping this recipe low carb, you could serve it over cooked white or brown rice or even noodles. It would also be delicious with some summer rolls or egg rolls!
Yes you can! You can sauté the frozen veggies right from frozen – they just might need to cook a bit longer until softened.
Storing and reheating
This recipe is great for your weekly meal prep and will last in the fridge for up to 5 days. I suggest storing individual serving sizes in glass bowls or meal prep containers – that way, all you have to do is pull one out of the fridge and warm it up.
To reheat, microwave for 2-3 minutes or reheat it in a pan on the stovetop. I personally like reheating this stir fry on the stovetop because it keeps the veggies nice and crispy, but the microwave will work if you’re in a pinch.
Freezing this recipe
You can freeze this dish for up to 3 months. I recommend freezing the turkey, veggies and sauce separately. The night before you are ready to make it, thaw the ingredients in the fridge overnight. Then, simply combine all the ingredients together in the pan to reheat them.
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Easiest Ever Ground Turkey Stir Fry
- 1 tbsp olive or sesame oil
- 1 yellow onion, sliced
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 carrot, grated
- 1 red pepper, sliced
- 1 cup chopped red cabbage
- 4 green onions, sliced
Stir fry sauce
- 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tbsp honey
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp fresh minced ginger
- 1 tsp sriracha or chili garlic sauce
- Mix ingredients for the sauce together.
- Heat oil over med-high heat then add onions, sauteing for 2 minutes until softened. Add ground turkey, breaking up with a wooden spoon. Add a pinch of salt to season the meat, then saute until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
- Add carrot, bell pepper and cabbage, sauteeing for 2-3 minutes until softened. Add sauce then cook another 2-3 minutes until well combined and sauce thickens slightly. Remove from heat and stir in green onions. Serve and enjoy!
- Storing and reheating: Leftovers will last up to 5 days in the fridge. Store individual portions in glass bowls and reheat for 2-3 minutes in the microwave, or saute on the stovetop for 2-3 minutes until heated through.