The easiest, most flavorful, flexible Ground Turkey Asian Stir Fry comes together in less than 30 minutes with minimal ingredients from your kitchen staples. It is a simple, affordable, and healthy meal that you can make on busy weeknights.
You Will Love This
- This stir-fry recipe is quick, easy, filled with plenty of veggies, and has a delicious homemade sauce.
- Using ground meat makes them even easier because there’s no cutting or slicing raw meat (not a fan of this task), and ground meat cooks quicker.
- This Ground Turkey Asian Stir Fry is especially great because it’s so versatile. Use whatever vegetables you have on hand, make it spicy or mild, and serve it with rice, noodles, or soup for a great option.
- It's a one-pan dish that cooks faster and is easier to clean up, making it perfect for busy work.
- If you love this ground turkey recipe, be sure to check out my Ground Turkey and Pork Sausage Meatballs, and my Sweet and Sour Meatballs with Pineapple.
- Ground Turkey
- Garlic and Onion
- Soy sauce
- Sesame Oil and Sesame Seeds
Recipe Additions and Substitutions
Be sure to use large work or skillet because the more ingredients, the better! Stir-fry works really well with adding a lot of meat and vegetables, such as:
- ground chicken, ground pork, and ground beef
- bell peppers
- green beans
- leafy greens
- freshly grated ginger
- sriracha or red pepper flakes
- Top it with nuts: peanuts, cashews, almonds, and walnuts.
Here comes the fun part which I enjoy the most aside from eating is cooking this fail-proof dish. Be sure to that all the ingredients are ready before you start cooking since everything will be cooked rapidly.
Heat cooking oil in a wok or skillet over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic until translucent. Add ground turkey, salt, and pepper, and stir fry until the meat turns light brown. Breaking it up into tiny pieces with a spatula or wooden spoon as you cook. This will take about 5-7 minutes.
Turn heat to high heat. Add the mushrooms and stir fry for 2 minutes, stirring continuously.
Add in broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. Stir fry and continue to cook, stirring often for 2-4 minutes on high heat.
Add chopped cabbage, soy sauce, sesame oil, and sesame seeds. If you are adding more seasonings, add them at this time. Stir-fry for 2 minutes or until all the veggies are cooked but not overcooked. Overcooked vegetables are soft, and mushy and don't retain their color.
Serve and enjoy!
What is Stir-Frying?
Stir-frying is a Chinese cooking technique where you use very high heat to rapidly fry or cook meat, fish, or vegetables using a small amount of cooking oil. Normally, a wok is used as the cooking vessel, although a cast-iron skillet works well to conduct high heat.
This method of cooking has been around since the 14th century and was brought to the United States by Chinese immigrants. The appeal then is the same as now—it's quick. The western version of stir-frying is sautéing which also relies on quick cooking on high heat. In addition to being a reliable method of getting dinner on the table in a quick amount of time, fast cooking methods are also thought to preserve more of the texture, color, and nutrition in the vegetables.
What to serve Asian Stir-Fry
- Our favorite and one of the best to serve this yummy Ground Turkey Asian Stir-fry is with a bowl of cooked White Rice or Mushroom Vegetable Fried Rice! Rice is a staple in Asian cuisine; we grow up eating rice with most of our dishes.
- Serving this dish with noodles makes it even more tasty and savory. I like serving it with my Cantonese Chow Mein, Vegan Udon Noodles, and Pancit Bihon.
- A bowl of warm soup or steamed veggies.
- This healthy and nutritious stir-fry is good on its own, especially if you don't want to add extra carbs and calories. Simply enjoying the dish by itself is satisfying and filling you don't have to always pair it with another dish.
- Don't worry if you don't own a wok. But be sure to use a large skillet if you are doubling the ingredients. Raw veggies are bigger in volume, making it easier to stir them in a larger pan.
- Use high heat to cook the ingredients faster while retaining the texture and color but also retaining nutrients. High heat is the key to stir-frying.
- To cook them even faster, chop the broccoli and cauliflower in uniform and n bite-size pieces. The smaller the cut of the vegetables is, the faster they cook.
- Be sure to stir often to avoid burning the dish.
- At the end of cooking, adjust your seasoning according to your own taste. Check the above ideas for recipe additions and substitutions.
Storage and Reheating
- Storage: Transfer leftovers to an air-tight container with a lid. This ground turkey stir-fry dish will be kept in the refrigerator for three to five days. Store it longer in the freezer for 4 months. Thaw in the refrigerator the night before using.
- Reheating: Reheat the cooked dish either in the microwave or the stovetop until it's completely hot all the way through.
Ground Turkey Asian Stir Fry
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 medium yellow onion chopped
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 8 ounces mushroom sliced
- 1 cup broccoli chopped
- 1 cup cauliflower chopped
- 1 large carrot sliced thinly
- 2 cups cabbage chopped
- 4 tablespoons soy sauce more if needed
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- Heat cooking oil in a wok or skillet over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic until translucent. Add ground turkey, salt and black pepper then stir fry until the meat turned light brown. Breaking it up with a spatula or wooden spoon as you cook
- Turn the heat on high. Add the mushrooms and stir fry for 3 minutes while stirring oftern.
- Add in brocooli, cauliflower and carrots. Stir fry for 2-4 minutes in high heat.
- Add cabbage with soy sauce, sesame oil and sprinkle sesame seeds. Stir fry for 3 minutes until all the vegetables are cook. Adjust your seasoning accordingly. Serve and enjoy!