Ground Turkey Teriyaki

A bowl of ground turkey teriyaki over white rice.

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Ground turkey teriyaki is an easy dinner made in less than 30 minutes. The homemade teriyaki sauce is made with just 4 ingredients! Serve ground turkey teriyaki over white or brown rice or over noodles.

This recipes makes 2 large servings or 4 smaller servings. If you're cooking for a family consider doubling the recipe.


Units Scale
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil (or other neutral oil)
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons thinly sliced ginger (or 2 cubes of frozen ginger)
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch + 1 tablespoon cold water
  • Chopped green onions and sesame seeds for garnish (optional)


  1. Set two non-stick skillets on the stove. You’ll need a 12-inch skillet to brown the turkey and the same size or slightly smaller to make the teriyaki sauce.
  2. In the larger skillet, warm the oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the garlic and ginger and saute for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the ground turkey. Cook until the meat is lightly browned and no longer pink, 8 to 10 minutes. The meat should be cooked all of the way through. Use a spatula to break up the meat into small pieces as it cooks.
  5. In the second skillet, mix the soy sauce , brown sugar and 1 cup of water together with a high heat rubber spatula.
  6. Bring the teriyaki sauce to a simmer over medium heat. Once the liquid is bubbling, continue to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  7. In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water until smooth. No lumps!
  8. Turn the heat under the teriyaki sauce down to medium-low. Slowly drizzle the cornstarch into the bubbling teriyaki sauce, stirring as you pour. Continue to simmer for 1 minute, stirring the sauce frequently. The sauce should thicken and have a glossy sheen.Turn off the heat.
  9. Immediately pour the teriyaki sauce over the cooked turkey. Mix well to cover the ground turkey evenly with teriyaki sauce. Heat the meat for a minute or so to make sure that it’s hot.
  10. Sprinkle green onions over the top (optional). Serve over rice or noodles.


Make sure to use lower sodium/reduced sodium soy sauce, otherwise the teriyaki sauce might be too salty.

Store leftovers in an airtight container and eat within 3 to 4 days. To reheat the ground meat, use a microwave or a skillet over medium heat.

If you'd like to add vegetables to the meal, you have lots of options. Serve raw or sautéed snow peas or snap peas. Serve broccoli, either steamed or roasted. You can also saute strips of bell peppers with the ground turkey.  Green beans also taste great with this meal.