Here is an oh-so-simple weeknight dinner that is SO deliciously easy — Ginger and Peanut Butter Ground Turkey Stir Fry!
Yeah, yeah…I know exactly what you are thinking — ground turkey is not good. Well, when it is lathered in delicious flavors IT IS! And I can promise you that this Ginger and Peanut Butter Ground Turkey Stir Fry is particularly flavorful and absolutely delicious. It has a hint of ginger, a hint of spice and a touch of nuttiness from the peanut butter that all come together for a flavorful bite. Served the ground turkey over rice (or cauliflower rice if you prefer) and top with a variety of fragrant fresh herbs, and you will have an absolute home run dinner that you’re going to want to add to your weekly dinner rotation.
And if you are still not quite convinced, even my husband Clayton — someone who typically snickers when I say I’m cooking with ground turkey — absolutely LOVED this dish! I have some other fun, delicious recipes using ground turkey that are wonderful if you want to check them out!
Ground Turkey Recipes to Try
5-INGREDIENT TURKEY, GREEN BEAN AND BASIL STIR FRY
Want to save even more time on this recipe? Skip this sauce and use my SideDish Creamy Sesame Dressing! Instead of adding the peanut butter, coconut aminos, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, lime juice, and sriracha, add your preferred amount of sauce.
Ginger and Peanut Butter Ground Turkey Stir Fry
For the Ground Turkey Stir Fry:
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 large shallot finely diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 inch knob ginger peeled and finely grated
- 2 pounds ground turkey preferably dark meat
- 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter or almond butter *use unsweetened Almond butter to keep Whole30
- 2 tbsp coconut aminos
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- ½ tsp toasted sesame oil
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 2 tbsp sriracha
- 4 green onions thinly sliced (white and green parts)
- Steamed White Rice *Use Cauliflower Rice for Whole30
- Fresh Mint Leaves
- Fresh Thai Basil Leaves
- Fresh Cilantro Leaves
- Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot, garlic, and grated ginger and cook, stirring and being careful not to burn, until soften, about 2 minutes.
- Add the turkey, salt and pepper and cook, breaking up the meat with the edge of a wooden spoon, until the turkey is cooked through and no longer pink, about 7 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the peanut butter, coconut aminos, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, lime juice and sriracha. Whisk until well combined and smooth.
- Pour the sauce into the ground turkey mixture along with the sliced green onions. Continue to ok, stirring, until the turkey is well coated and the green onions are just tender, about 3 more minutes.
- Serve over steamed rice, if desired, and top with fresh herbs.
Photography by Eat Love Eats
KimberlyMarch 11, 2023 at 12:15 am
This.was.so.good. It was enjoyed by the whole family! Since my 9 yo was eating it I skipped the sriracha in the sauce and topped the adult plates with sichuan chili crisp- omg. This recipe has been added to the rotation!
AlexMarch 12, 2023 at 4:54 pm
LOVE the addition of Sichuan chili crisp — yum!
Danielle SplendoriaFebruary 16, 2023 at 2:08 am
This was the easiest, most delicious recipe I have tried in a while. Looking forward to trying others!
AlexFebruary 16, 2023 at 11:52 am
So glad you loved it, Danielle!!
AshleyFebruary 27, 2023 at 5:16 pm
This looks delish! I’m thinking of making it tonight. Do you melt down the peanut butter first so it’s easier to mix with the other ingredients? What do you recommend?
AlexFebruary 27, 2023 at 5:22 pm
It mixes well with the other ingredients so you should not have an issue combining it all!
JenniferOctober 30, 2022 at 4:16 pm
Wow Alex! This one is a home run!
AlexNovember 1, 2022 at 2:54 pm
Thank you, Jennifer!! Glad you love it!
MaggieApril 13, 2022 at 3:07 pm
This has become a regular in our house. Delicious and adaptable, we often add bell pepper or a veggie to the mix. Pro-tip: eat any leftover ground turkey for breakfast/lunch with scrambled eggs mixed in. Trust me, it’s amazing.
KaylaNovember 5, 2021 at 3:13 pm
My husband & I love this recipe! It’s super easy to make and then it gives us leftovers that reheat really well. We eat it over jasmine rice and sauté veggies in a pan to go with it (i.e. mushrooms, zucchini, bell pepper).
HayOctober 4, 2021 at 5:17 am
So easy to make and so flavorful! Once again, Alex makes recipes that are so delicious and easy to make!
NikkiSeptember 16, 2021 at 1:36 pm
I made this for the first time last night, and not only was it insanely flavorful and delicious, but it was quick and healthy! This will become part of my regular rotation. Just mixed it with some jasmine rice and mixed stir-fry veggies… so good!
elizabethSeptember 15, 2021 at 7:19 pm
I have made this twice now and both times it was delicious! Thank you for a creative way to make turkey exciting!
Question – any tips for freezing to give to a new mama?
AlexSeptember 20, 2021 at 7:47 pm
I haven’t tried freezing this one yet.. im not sure how well it would hold up!
AlexSeptember 8, 2021 at 2:27 am
I don’t usually write reviews, but i’ve made this recipe a dozen times now and have even implemented it into my weekly routine. It’s seriously so good and easy to make. I can’t get enough!
AlexSeptember 8, 2021 at 1:27 pm
yay! thank you for leaving the review! I appreciate it!
TarahSeptember 2, 2021 at 10:16 pm
10/10 Would recommend. I made mine with jasmine rice and sautéed shaved carrot, mushroom, and zucchini.
AlexSeptember 3, 2021 at 12:55 pm
yay! thank you so much for your comment and review.
KylieAugust 29, 2021 at 4:23 pm
This turned out great!!! I served it with a mix white/cauli rice and roasted green beans. Made great leftovers too!
CynthiaAugust 21, 2021 at 2:57 am
What is a substitute for coconut aminos? Or just ignore/leave it out?
AlexAugust 22, 2021 at 1:02 pm
You can use soy sauce or tamari! (I would just omit the fish sauce to avoid it getting overly salty).
KatieAugust 24, 2021 at 9:46 pm
I don’t see the fish sauce you mention above?
AlexAugust 25, 2021 at 1:31 pm
oops I thought I used it here, so you’re good.
LizzieOctober 11, 2021 at 10:47 pm
So glad I learned early in to just go ahead and double any DD recipe — this one did NOT disappoint!!!! And now I have leftovers to enjoy!! Sauce Queen hits it again. This one is a little spicy but I expect nothing less!!
AmyAugust 20, 2021 at 1:44 am
This was so good! I was skeptical of the peanut butter but I love all your recipes so of course it was going to be good! I served over caulirice and honey-sriracha brussel sprouts! The perfect combo!!
JenniAugust 20, 2021 at 12:47 am
Ground Turkey elevated?? This is beyond delish and will be in regular rotation at our house. Came together so quick! Topped with some mushrooms and slivered almonds for crunch. 10/10 recommend
suther_beeJune 20, 2021 at 3:40 pm
Alex! This is just so amazing! In my household we have so many dietary needs – I’m on Optavia… we are all gluten free, my daughter has even more restrictions. Not only did this work for EVERYONE, but it had an amazing flavor and was incredibly filling. We served ours with sauteed green beans and some Kibun Healthy Noodle. I used PB2 instead of peanut butter to save some calories and it was incredible. THANK YOU THANK YOU for always providing such delicious and healthier meal options for our family. We will make this often!
AlexJune 20, 2021 at 8:11 pm
so happy you loved it!!!
PAMJune 1, 2021 at 5:53 pm
made with sunbutter instead of other nut butters (as we have a nut allergy in the house) and it was still turned out delish!!! lovely recipe with so many staples we already had
CassidyMay 25, 2021 at 4:19 pm
I got back from a trip Sunday night and luckily had all of the ingredients for this in my freezer / fridge – it blew me away!!!! I’ll admit I was worried about the peanut butter / ground turkey combo but it was perfectly nutty, spicy,& yummy! Soooooo good! Will definitely be making again 🙂
HannahMay 14, 2021 at 1:23 pm
This was a quick and easy recipe that required all ingredients I already had! I’ve sent the recipe along to friends and family too, thanks for yet another fantastic recipe!!
AlexMay 14, 2021 at 7:02 pm
You are so welcome, Hannah! Thanks for reviewing and commenting! xoxo
JulieFebruary 7, 2023 at 1:03 am
One of my go-to recipes for dinner and meal prep for lunches! I usually add some veggies to it (broccoli, green beans). The sauce is absolutely delicious!!
AlexFebruary 7, 2023 at 1:06 am
Yay! glad it’s a hit, Thank you so much, Julie!
Kristin HothersallMay 11, 2021 at 12:37 pm
My teenage son said “I don’t really like peanut sauces” and then proceeded to eat two helpings. LOL. It was delicious. I used cashew butter from Thrive market in place of the peanut butter.
BrielleAugust 22, 2021 at 5:28 pm
How do you make the cauliflower rice? I feel like mine never comes out good!
LindseyMay 4, 2021 at 2:48 am
This was amazing, but I’m not surprised. Thanks for another great and easy meal!
AlexMay 4, 2021 at 11:46 am
Glad you loved it!
CathyApril 13, 2021 at 2:42 am
This was great! Served with Cauli Rice and Carrots….worked very well to not add the Sriracha so kids would eat it 🙂
LinseyApril 12, 2021 at 1:23 am
OMG!!! This is incredible. Perfect in lettuce wraps! This will definitely be on repeat!!
SarahMay 12, 2021 at 8:35 pm
This was so good!!! Will be a weeknight regular for sure!!
AlexMay 12, 2021 at 9:58 pm
AlexApril 8, 2021 at 1:04 am
She does it again!! This will be one of our new favs. We literally only eat out of Defined Dish so love it when we find another weekly fav, because we love everything Alex makes!
AlexApril 8, 2021 at 12:51 pm
Thank you so much!! Glad it was a hit!!
AprilApril 8, 2021 at 12:03 am
another win, Alex! So good and easy!!!
ClaireApril 7, 2021 at 3:42 am
5 stars! This was a delicious and flavorful dish. Maybe next time I will measure the peanut butter since it was a little sticky. I threw in some leftover green beans from Easter which also went over well.
tkdragoApril 6, 2021 at 10:15 pm
this looks great and easy! if I wanted to add a veggie to this stir fry, what would you recommend? and would you increase any of the seasonings? thank you!
AlexApril 7, 2021 at 1:08 pm
I would add green beans, sliced zucchini or snap peas!!
MargauxMay 10, 2021 at 6:55 pm
At what point in the recipe would you added the green beans? Thank you!
AlexMay 10, 2021 at 9:27 pm
I didn’t add green beans to this one!
AmberApril 6, 2021 at 5:08 pm
I don’t have fresh ginger. How much ground do you think I should use?
AlexApril 6, 2021 at 5:51 pm
id use 1 tsp!
AmberApril 7, 2021 at 2:07 pm
My husband and two teenage daughters all liked this dish. That almost NEVER happens! This is going in to my rotation. The ground ginger seemed to work great. Thanks for sharing!
Wendy CApril 7, 2021 at 9:24 pm
Any thoughts on making it a little spicy? What would you add?
I added a handful of chopped mushrooms & 1/2 a thinly sliced orange bell pepper at the end. Was delicious!
AlexApril 8, 2021 at 12:52 pm
More sriracha should do the trick! Or top it was thinly sliced jalapenos/serranos if you prefer!
HannahApril 6, 2021 at 2:54 am
Is this too spicy for a toddler?
AlexApril 6, 2021 at 11:58 am
I’d hold off on adding the sriracha. and adults can add a squeeze of sriracha on top of their individual bowls!
ClcryerApril 5, 2021 at 10:26 pm
Wow! This was absolutely delicious and will be in our 2 week meal rotation now. I recently went peanut free so I used almond butter which was delicious.
AlexApril 5, 2021 at 11:22 pm
so glad you love it!!!
MelissaOctober 28, 2022 at 3:23 am
Question…can you sub ground chicken? I have a bunch we need to use up! Thanks.
AlexOctober 28, 2022 at 7:09 pm
You can definitely use ground chicken here!
NicoleJune 10, 2021 at 1:03 am
This is delicious, make it immediately!
KJApril 5, 2021 at 3:17 am
I’m not sure why I’m even suprised, but Alex made ground turkey taste delightful. I used almond butter and it came out so good. If you like spice, be sure to top with fresh jalapenos..yum yum yum!
Phyllis GApril 3, 2021 at 10:21 pm
Alex, this looks great. Can’t wait to make it. One quick question though -,is it 2lbs of ground turkey or 1lb ? Thank you.
AlexApril 5, 2021 at 1:08 pm