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Ground Turkey Stir Fry

Ground turkey stir fry is an easy, delicious dinner that comes together in a snap. In this recipe, ground turkey is cooked with a shredded cabbage mix and homemade stir fry sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword ground turkey, stir fry
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 245kcal
Author Elizabeth


  • ¼ cup Water
  • 1 tablespoon Cornstarch
  • ¼ cup Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Hoisin Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 2 Large Garlic Cloves grated or finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger Powder use fresh if you have it on hand (grated or minced)
  • Pinch of Crushed Red Pepper or to taste – leave it out if you don’t like spicy
  • tablespoons Oil use a neutral (flavorless) oil with a high smoke point – we use canola oil
  • 1 pound Ground Turkey use lean but not turkey breast (we used 93/7)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt – we use kosher salt
  • 12 ounces Shredded Cabbage Mix about 6 cups packed down lightly (we use a prepackaged cole slaw mix that contains shredded green cabbage, red cabbage and carrots)
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons Green Onions sliced – plus extra for garnish, if desired


  • Add the water and cornstarch to a jar or medium bowl.
  • Use a fork or a small whisk to stir the mixture until the cornstarch dissolves.
  • Add the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and crushed red pepper (if using).
  • Stir the stir fry sauce vigorously until well combined. Stir the sauce well right before using too.
  • Heat the oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the ground turkey and salt, break it up some and arrange it in a single layer. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir the turkey while breaking it up and arrange it in a single layer again. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir the ground turkey and cook another 2-3 minutes until it is browned, and all the liquid has cooked out. Stir frequently and continue to break up any large pieces.
  • Add the shredded cabbage mix to the skillet, stir well to combine and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Lower the heat to medium-low and add the stir fry sauce, stir well to combine.
  • Cover the skillet and cook the turkey stir fry for 5 minutes to let the flavors come together, stir occasionally.
  • Add the green onions and stir.
  • Lower the heat to low, cover and keep warm until ready to serve.


  • Use very little salt in recipes using this stir fry sauce. The soy sauce and hoisin sauce both contain a good amount of salt already. You can always add it in at the end if needed.
  • This turkey stir fry cooks so quickly that if you plan on serving it with rice or noodles start them first.


Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 1318mg | Potassium: 547mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 157IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg