Quick & Easy Ground Turkey Stir Fry

I seriously never get tired of super easy stir fry dinners! I mean, what’s not to love? Only a few ingredients, you can work in a TON of vegetables, and they’re super fast! Using ground meat makes them even easier, because there’s no cutting or slicing raw meat (not a fan of this task). This Ground Turkey Stir Fry is especially great because it’s so versatile. Use whatever vegetables you have on hand, make it spicy or mild, serve it with rice, noodles, or with shredded cabbage for a low carb option. Scroll down for more deets on those options!

Ground Turkey Stir Fry

A patterned plate full of Ground Turkey Stir Fry and brown rice.

This Ground Turkey Stir Fry is another meal inspired by those “macro-friendly” meal delivery services that deliver individual, ready-to-reheat meals to your door. While those services are super convenient, they’re also super expensive and I know I can make similar meals at home for a fraction of the price. :) You can easily adjust the macros in this meal by increasing, decreasing, or eliminating any of these elements: turkey, vegetables, rice, or nuts. Unfortunately, I don’t have the specific macro nutrient information for this meal, and you can read why in my FAQs.

Customize your Ground Turkey Stir Fry

  • Reduce the recipe cost by increasing the vegetables and decreasing the amount of ground turkey
  • Use ground beef, pork, chicken, or crumbled tofu or tempeh in place of the ground turkey
  • Other vegetable options: mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, bean sprouts, snap peas, green beans, water chestnuts
  • Top with cashews or sesame seeds in place of the peanuts
  • Make it spicy by stirring a tablespoon (or TWO 🔥) of sriracha or chili garlic sauce into the stir fry sauce
  • Add fresh some fresh grated ginger to the stir fry sauce for extra zing
  • Add cooked noodles to the stir fry at the end instead of serving over rice
  • Add a bag of coleslaw mix to the stir fry to bulk it up without adding carbs, similar to my Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry, instead of serving with rice or noodles. 

How to Store Ground Turkey Stir Fry

This recipe works great for meal prep, but I suggest only storing in the refrigerator rather than the freezer. Freezing will cause the vegetables to soften further and seep more water. This dish will stay good in the refrigerator for about four days.

Three rectangular glass meal prep containers with Ground Turkey Stir Fry and Brown Rice

 
Three rectangular glass meal prep containers with Ground Turkey Stir Fry and Brown Rice
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Ground Turkey Stir Fry

This super easy Ground Turkey Stir Fry is a delicious and versatile answer to busy weeknight dinners. Try the suggested variations to make it your own! 
Keyword: Easy Dinner, Easy Meal, Meal Prep Recipe
Total Cost: $7.41 recipe $1.48 recipe
Author: Beth - Budget Bytes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 5 (about 1 cup stir fry, 1/2 cup rice)

Ingredients

Stir Fry Sauce

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce ($0.24)
  • 1/2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil ($0.16)
  • 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar ($0.02)
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes (optional) ($0.02)
  • 1 Tbsp water ($0.00)

Stir Fry

  • 2 bell peppers ($2.00)
  • 4 green onions ($0.22)
  • 2 oz. spinach (two large handfuls, or 1/4 of an 8oz. bag) ($0.30)
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil of choice ($0.08)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced ($0.16)
  • 19 oz. ground turkey* ($3.49)

For Serving

  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts ($0.12)
  • 2.5 cups cooked brown rice ($0.60)

Instructions

  • Make the stir fry sauce by stirring together the soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, brown sugar, red pepper, and water until the sugar is dissolved. Set the sauce aside.
  • Dice the bell peppers and slice the green onions.
  • Heat the cooking oil in a very large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the ground turkey and minced garlic. Stir and cook until the turkey is cooked through and no water is left pooling on the bottom of the skillet (8-10 minutes).
  • Once the turkey is cooked and the moisture has evaporated, add the bell pepper and green onions to the skillet. Stir and cook for about 2 minutes more, then add the spinach and continue to cook just until it is about half wilted (1-2 minutes).
  • Pour the stir fry sauce into the skillet. Continue to stir and cook the turkey and vegetables until everything is coated in sauce and the spinach is fully wilted (about 2 minutes more).
  • Serve about 1 cup of the stir fry mixture with 1/2 cup rice and a sprinkle of chopped peanuts over top. 

Notes

*I'm not sure why ground turkey often comes in 19oz. packages instead of an even pound, but if you can only find a one pound package you'll be fine. No need to adjust anything, but you'll probably only get 4 servings instead of 5.
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A skillet full of Ground Turkey Stir Fry with a striped napkin on the side

How to Make Ground Turkey Stir Fry – Step by Step Photos

Easy Stir Fry Sauce in a small white bowl

First, make the stir fry sauce so it’s ready to go. Stir together 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1/2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil, 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar, a pinch of red pepper flakes, and 1 Tbsp water. Stir until the brown sugar is dissolved. BTW, I’ve really grown to love the Whole Food’s 365 brand Shoyu soy sauce. It’s very affordable and has great *flavor*, rather than just being salty.

Prepped Vegetables for Ground Turkey Stir Fry

Next prepare the vegetables. Dice two bell peppers (I used red and yellow for more color), and slice four green onions. I am also using about 2 oz. fresh spinach (2 large handfuls or about 1/4 of an 8oz. bag). No preparation needed for the spinach.

Cooked Ground Turkey and Garlic in the skillet

Add 2 Tbsp of your favorite cooking oil to a large skillet and heat over medium. Once hot, add 19oz. ground turkey and 2 minced cloves of garlic. Stir and cook until the turkey is cooked through and all of the moisture has evaporated out of the skillet. Soupy stir fry is not good. :)

Vegetables added to the ground turkey and garlic in the skillet.

Add the diced bell peppers and green onions to the skillet. Continue to stir and cook just until they begin to soften (about 2 minutes). Don’t let them cook too much because they will continue to cook over the next few minutes as more ingredients are added. Add the spinach to the skillet and cook for 1-2 minutes more, or until the spinach is about half wilted, like in the photo.

Add Stir Fry Sauce to Ground Turkey Stir Fry in the Skillet

Finally, pour in the stir fry sauce. If your brown sugar wasn’t completely dissolved and some remains on the bottom of the bowl, make sure to scrape that into the skillet. Stir and cook everything for 1-2 minutes more, or until everything is coated in sauce and heated though.

Finished Ground Turkey Stir Fry in the skillet

And that’s it! It’s literally that easy. 

A patterned plate with Ground Turkey Stir Fry and Brown Rice, chopsticks on the side

Serve about 1 cup of the ground turkey stir fry with 1/2 cup cooked rice and some chopped peanuts over top. Enjoy!