Korean Ground Turkey

dinner ground turkey

Korean Ground Turkey is the perfect balance of sweet and savory with a big kick of spice and a cooling pickled veggie topping. We love this meal! And although it’s got a good amount of spice, you can certainly play around with the spice level to make sure this is a dish the whole family can enjoy. Check out the recipe below and I hope that you enjoy! 



  •  1 cup long grain white rice
  •  1 lb lean ground turkey *see notes
  •  1 Tbsp sesame oil
  •  2 garlic cloves, minced
  •  1 bunch green onions separate half for garnish
  •  1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced about one inch of fresh ginger
  •  3 stalks celery about 1/2 cup chopped



Sauce Ingredients

  •  4 Tbsp soy sauce *more for serving if needed
  •  2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  •  2½ Tbsp honey
  •  1 tsp chili garlic sauce
  •  ½ tsp red pepper flakes

Cucumber and Carrot Salad

  •  1½ Tbsp white granulated sugar
  •  ¼ tsp sea salt
  •  ¼ cup rice vinegar
  •  1½ cup matchstick carrots
  •  1¾ cup english cucumbers, thinly sliced



  •  Start with making the cucumber carrot salad, the veggies can marinate and pickle a bit. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl and toss well. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve. Start the rice, this will take about 20 minutes typically to cook. 
  •  Mix the turkey sauce together in a small bowl. Set aside. Heat sesame oil in a large skillet, add the ground turkey, brown for about 8 minutes, soak up any excess liquid with a paper towel. Chop the celery and green onions into small pieces. Add in the minced garlic, ginger, and chopped celery. Flatten the ground turkey in the skillet a bit.
  •  Pour the sauce over the meat. Leave the meat alone to cook (do not mix it for about 4-7 minutes) this will help to caramelize the meat and add a crispy browning effect.
  •  Once you have left the meat for a bit to caramelize add half of the green onions, mix for about another 2 minutes to release the aroma and flavor of the onions then turn off the stove.
  •  Time to serve! Add rice to a plate or bowl and top with the Korean ground turkey mix and the cucumber carrot salad. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and chili garlic sauce enjoy.

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