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Jun 22

Korean-Inspired Ground Turkey

Korean-Inspired Ground Turkey close up

This easy Korean-Inspired Ground Turkey is a little sweet, a little savory, a little spicy, and full of delicious flavor! I’ve mostly seen similar recipes use ground beef, but I decided to lighten it up a bit by using lean ground turkey breast and less sugar. I think ground chicken breast would also be great, it’s just harder to find at my local grocery store right now. My husband snuck by and grabbed a spoonful of this while the turkey was cooling and blew his cover by exclaiming “oh wow, this is really tasty,” so I’ll call that a pretty rave review. I almost always have all the ingredients for this dish on hand, and it comes together in about 20 minutes making it a perfect weeknight meal. Better yet, a filling serving of this Korean-Inspired Ground Turkey is just 207 calories or 5 Green, 3 Blue or 3 Purple Weight Watchers/WW SmartPoints.

This recipe makes 4 servings, and I measured them out in two ways so that you can choose your preferred method. I weighed the finished dish and it came in at just over a pound, so each serving would be around 4 ounces weighed. I also measured the finished turkey and it came out to 3 cups, so each serving would be ¾ cup.

Korean-Inspired Ground Turkey overhead

I like to serve this Korean-Inspired Ground Turkey over brown or white rice (as pictured) or with cooked vegetables, but it’s also great in lettuce wraps! My favorite lettuce to use for lettuce wraps is Boston/Bibb lettuce because the leaves are the perfect size and make great cups, but you can use whatever lettuce you prefer. When I east this dish as lettuce wraps I usually split my ¾ cup serving into three lettuce wraps. Filled with ¼ cup filling each. You can also of course add vegetables like cabbage, carrots, zucchini, or bell peppers.

Korean-Inspired Ground Turkey with rice

Looking for more tasty, lightened up Asian-inspired recipes? Check out my Chicken Lo Mein, Vegetable Fried Rice, Teriyaki Steak Lettuce Wraps, Thai Chicken Chopped Salad, Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry, Asian Chicken Wonton Cups, Thai Turkey with Carrot Noodles, Cashew and Basil Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Teriyaki Chicken and Rice Casserole, Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce, and many more in the Asian category of my recipe index!


Korean-Inspired Ground Turkey

Yield: 4 (3/4 cup) servings


  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 lb uncooked 99% lean ground turkey breast (or ground chicken breast)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 2 scallions, greens only, sliced


  1. Combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch, ground ginger, red pepper flakes, and black pepper in a bowl and stir to mix. Set aside.
  2. Add the sesame oil to a large saute pan or skillet and bring over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the ground turkey and stir to break them up and coat them in the oil. Cook the ground turkey for about 2 minutes, breaking up with a spoon, until it starts to break into chunks and “brown.” Add the chopped onion and stir together. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for another 4 minutes or so until the turkey is cooked through and broken into small chunks and the onions are softened. Add the garlic and stir together. Cook for another 30-60 seconds.
  3. Stir the sauce from step one and add it to the pan. Stir to coat the meat and reduce the heat to med-low. Cook for another 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and top with sesame seeds and sliced scallions before serving.

MYWW SMARTPOINTS PER (3/4 cup or 4 oz) SERVING: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Green: 5 SmartPoints/ Blue: 3 SmartPoints/ Purple: 3 SmartPoints

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
5 per (3/4 cup or 4 oz) serving (PP calculated using a Weight Watchers PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition info below)

Nutrition Information per (3/4 cup or 4 oz) serving:
207 calories, 12 g carbs, 7 g sugars, 5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 28 g protein, 1 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

13 comments on “Korean-Inspired Ground Turkey”

  1. I always see ground turkey at the store but am unsure what to do with it. I am definitely going to buy it now and make this!

  2. Oh my! I already know this will be in permanent rotation at my house! 

  3. Sounds great, always looking for more ground turkey/chicken recipes on WW!

  4. I saw a similar recipe last week and wanted to use ground turkey to lower the points. I’m so glad you posted your version of it! This is on my list for this week!

  5. This sounds delicious, I think I’ll try with Lakanto brown sugar, since I don’t have any regular brown sugar in the house.

  6. I just made this for dinner and it’s soooo good.

  7. This is gooooooood! I left out the onion and garlic since I didn’t have any and just added garlic powder. It’s sweet, spicy, and salty. All the best things! I can’t wait for leftovers for lunch this week. 

  8. Oh my heavens! This was so good!!! Making it again tonight! 2x in one week. Family loves it!!!

  9. I made this tonight with baked peaches with crisp topping for dessert. Yum.. Both were so good!

  10. I made this last week and it was awesome! So full of flavor and easy for a weeknight dinner. I added a medium zucchini (diced small) and chopped mushrooms and served over cauliflower rice. This was the first time my husband said he didn’t mind the cauliflower rice.

  11. I made this for my week’s lunch meal prep. One day I used it for lettuce wraps and the other days I had it over cauliflower rice with string beans. The flavor is amazing! My kids (even the pickiest of the picky 12 year old) were hovering over me. They all had a taste and LOVED it. It will be in next week’s dinner rotation with some brown rice for them. Thank you for such an amazing, easy recipe. The only change I made was to lower the oil to 2 tsp. to make it 2 pts. instead of 3 on Blue. 

  12. This was so delicious! I loved it and so did my husband. Also came together really quick. Thanks for another great recipe!!

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