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Easy Ground Turkey Stir Fry Recipe

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The whole family will love this ground turkey stir fry recipe! This easy recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes and is loaded with protein, veggies, and a flavorful sweet and savory stir fry sauce that’s made with pantry staples. We love easy ground turkey recipes like this one – it’s a perfect weeknight dinner as it’s a great source of protein and cooks up in no time, which will help ease the stress of busy weeknights!

If you love this stir fry ground turkey, be sure to try my orange chicken, beef and broccoli, chicken teriyaki stir fry, or moo shu shrimp next time.

Bowl with ground turkey stir fry and chopsticks.

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

What You’ll Love About Ground Turkey Stir Fry

  • Easy weeknight dinner
  • Full of delicious flavors
  • Satisfying and healthy meal
  • Ready in less than 30 minutes
  • Made with simple ingredients
  • Easy to customize

Ingredients

  • Garlic – Use fresh garlic for best flavor or frozen garlic cubes for an easy shortcut.
  • Ginger – Use fresh ginger for best flavor or frozen ginger cubes for an easy shortcut.
  • Soy sauce – You can use traditional soy sauce, low sodium soy sauce for a lower sodium option, and tamari or coconut aminos for a gluten-free option.
  • Brown sugar – This gives the stir fry sauce sweet flavor. You could also use honey or maple syrup or a sugar alternative if you prefer.
  • Cornstarch – This gives the stir fry sauce a thick and glossy texture. You could also use potato starch.
  • Rice vinegar – This helps balance the flavors of the soy sauce and add a little acid to the dish. You could also use an apple cider vinegar or other type of vinegar if you prefer.
  • Sesame oil – This helps give the stir fry sauce deep flavor. I recommend using a toasted sesame oil for the best flavor.
  • Vegetable oil – This is to stir fry the turkey and broccoli, use a high smoke point oil like avocado or canola oil.
  • Ground turkey – Look for a lean ground turkey, but not 99% fat-free. I’ve found the fat-free versions lack flavor and dry out really easily without the fat content. You could also make this healthy stir-fry with ground chicken, ground beef, ground pork, or meatless ground crumbles if you prefer.
  • Broccoli – You can use broccoli florets that are already prepped or cut your own. You will want to make sure your broccoli florets are all about the same size so they cook evenly.
  • Sea salt
  • Rice – Serve the healthy ground turkey stir fry over white rice, brown rice, or cauliflower rice.
Ingredients to make easy ground turkey stir fry recipe

How to Make Ground Turkey Broccoli Stir Fry

This is an overview on how to make ground turkey broccoli stir fry, the detailed instructions can be found below in the recipe card.

Mix stir fry sauce. In a small bowl, mix together garlic, ginger, soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil.
Stir fry sauce in a bowl
Stir fry ground turkey. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet or wok and cook ground turkey, breaking up with a spatula or spoon.
Ground turkey in a skillet
Cook broccoli. Add broccoli to the turkey skillet, stir, and cover. Stir in sauce mixture and cook until broccoli is tender.
Ground turkey and broccoli in a skillet for stir fry
Serve. Serve ground turkey stir fry over rice and garnish with green onions, sesame seeds, and chili crisp if you want some spice.
Bowl of ground turkey stir fry

FAQs

Is ground turkey stir fry healthy?

I want a nutritious meal to have protein, produce, carbs, and flavor and this ground turkey and broccoli stir fry has all of those components for a complete meal that’s both delicious and nutritious. It’s the perfect weeknight meal!

Can I make this with other vegetables?

Yes! You could use your favorite vegetables if you want to swap them for the broccoli or just add a variety. Bell peppers, green beans, sugar snap peas, carrots, celery, cauliflower, and bok choy would all be delicious.

Storage Instructions

Store leftover turkey stir fry in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

How to reheat

Reheat leftovers in the microwave or a hot skillet until heated through.

Can you freeze ground turkey stir fry?

Yes, you could freeze any leftovers in a freezer container for up to 2 months. Let thaw before reheating.

How to Feed Stir Fry Ground Turkey to the Whole Family

I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in.

I would recommend serving the stir fry in a pinch bowl (taster bowl) if it’s a new or learning-to-like it food and let everyone build their own tacos. Serve the meal with a few items you know your kids will eat, like fruit, milk, and/or bread and butter if they don’t do rice.

Originally, I created this ground turkey and vegetable stir fry as a meal that the whole family could eat – babies to adults! If you’re making it for babies, you’ll want to be sure to cut up the broccoli in small pieces. You could also swap the brown sugar for maple syrup (not honey!) and use low-sodium soy sauce if desired.

Ground turkey stir fry in a skillet

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The whole family will love this ground turkey stir fry recipe! Ready in less than 30 minutes, it’s packed with protein, produce, and flavor! 


Ingredients

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  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tsp. grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 12 Tbsp. brown sugar (adjust to your preference)
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 lb. ground turkey (NOT 99% lean)
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 16 oz. broccoli florets
  • For serving: sliced green onion, soy sauce, sriracha/garlic chile sauce, sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Mix up stir fry sauce. Whisk together minced garlic, ginger, soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil in a small bowl.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium high heat. Add ground turkey to the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes, breaking up with a spatula or the back of a wooden spoon. Cook until browned.
  3. Add broccoli and mix together with turkey. Cover, lower heat to medium, and cook for 4-5 minutes. Remove cover, return heat to medium and stir in soy sauce mixture and cook for 1-3 more minutes, until broccoli is tender and sauce is thick and glossy.
  4. Serve turkey and broccoli over rice. Garnish with green onions, sesame seeds, and if desired, serve with extra soy sauce and chili garlic sauce (or sriracha) to taste. 

Notes

  • Use low-sodium soy sauce for young eaters

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Food styling and photography by Loren Runion.

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  1. Amy

    Would not recommend for babies. Soy sauce is high in sodium. Babies should have little to no salt and sugar before the age of 2.






    • Emily

      Hi Amy, Yes, babies should have as little salt/sugar as possible, which is why this is seasoned very lightly and I mention that above in case older kids/adults need to add a bit more salt at the table. I also think there is a lot of value in serving children and babies flavorful, family meals. You would definitely want to look at the diet as a whole though and take into consideration the other foods/meals that babies are eating. And if it doesn’t fit/you don’t want to give it to them, you could take a portion of the turkey out and not add the sauce to it.

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