Quick Teriyaki Turkey Stir Fry Recipe

quick weeknight dinner teriyaki turkeyHere is one of my go-to recipes for a quick but delicious weeknight meal.  Teriyaki Turkey Stir Fry.  I don’t like ground turkey but I knew that I needed to add it in to our diets to cut down on the amount of red meat we were eating and also because my kid’s claim they are allergic to chicken.  It is super tasty and this is also one of my oldest son’s favorite meals.  And because this is a meal I make when I don’t have a ton of time to spend in the kitchen, I decided to keep the tutorial down and dirty too.  No styled shots.  I mean, this recipe isn’t that pretty to look at to start, but why make an uncomplicated recipe more complicated, right.  So I shot this as I cooked it one night.  I originally found this recipe in one of the very first issues of Rachel Ray Magazine.  She made it as the filling for lettuce wraps.  I made it a little more hearty by serving it over rice.  And I don’t even go by a recipe any more because it is super simple.

brown turkeyBrown a package (about a pound) of ground turkey.

add shredded carrots and onionsAdd a bag of shredded carrots and 2-3 sliced green onions.  I usually also add a bag of frozen edamame to this as well, but did not have any in the freezer the night I took these pictures.  I have also added broccoli florets and mushrooms to it in the past.  Add about 1/4 cup of water to the pan with the vegetables and partially cover.  Steam until veggies are crisp tender.  I always tend to over cook it and it still does not ruin the dish.  Remove the lid to cook off the extra water in the pan.

add teriyaki sauceAdd the teriyaki sauce.  I think the recipe calls for 1/4 cup but I never think that is enough.  Use your best judgement.  In the past I have made my own teriyaki sauce and used many store-bought versions.  Just pick your favorite.  My favorite is Soy Vey Island Teriyaki and while I hate to admit it, Trader Joe’s makes a version of it for about half the price.  I hate that they do that. My wallet does not.  Heat together for a few minutes to bring the soy sauce to temperature.

frozen rice for a quick mealI hardly ever make rice on the stove.  Why would I when this frozen Jasmine Rice is SO tasty and SO easy.  And since this is a recipe I make when lazy or in a rush, this takes only 3 minutes in the microwave.

teriyaki turkey stir fryI usually finish it off with a splash of soy sauce.  You have one pan to clean aside from your dinner dishes.  There are also usually plenty of leftovers.  And this dish also tastes really yummy cold!  I’d love to hear your quick weeknight meal recipes.  And how do you use ground turkey?


  1. Fantastically easy and looks so yummy! Of course, you know I will replace the rice with a grated cauliflower “rice” but what a great dish to make. Thanks for posting such creative ideas :)

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