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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)

39 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!!

  13. This is my first time posting a comment on your site. I love all your recipes. This one is really good. Enjoyed it very much and will definitely make again and again.

  14. This was delicious!   Thank you for the recipe.

  15. do you strain ou the ground turkey before adding the garlic or keep in in there to mix with the brown sauce?

  16. This is amazing! I wish there was a way to give it 5 stars. My fiance almost skipped it because google showed that it didn’t have any reviews. I couldn’t believe it was turkey once he got done cooking. He’s not big on cooking, but this was easy for him to follow and we both love it! I’m so glad we made 3x the normal amount for the week, I’ll be looking forward to this everyday. We didn’t use 99% lean, ours had a little fat, so that could affect the flavor we got.

    Thank you!

  17. Made this tonight and it was very good. The kids asked me to make a double batch next week so they will have leftovers! Since it was such a simple recipe to prepare, I will be happy to oblige.

  18. Made this during the week and it was delicious.  I normally make it with beef etc and so fattening, so this was a great find for me.  Thank you.  Glad I found you.

  19. I was taught not to heat the sesame oil but add it at the end, although could potentially change the points. If done in non stick, will it work?

  20. Made this tonight. Husband is raving about it. Thank you for the awesome new part of the line up

  21. Thank you, this was fabulous!
    I only used one tablespoon of sugar and that was enough for me.
    Also, I used mushrooms which added yumminess and moisture.
    A great WW meal, and one if your’e not looking for that.
    For someone recently come into cooking, I’m super impressed.
    I will be back!

  22. Made this tonight. This was the best ground turkey recipe I’ve ever made! Wonderful flavor and made with easy pantry ingredients and in a flash! Thanks so much for posting this recipe.

  23. Wow! I googled, “ground turkey recipes”, and this was the first one to pop up. It was so delightfully easy and delicious! I used olive oil and omitted the seseme seeds AND green onions only because I didn’t have those ingredients, and it was still fabulous! Our family will be making it again soon!

  24. This was so delicious, my family loved it. I had a 1.5 pound package of ground turkey so I increased the other ingredients and also added some Chinese black vinegar. Served with short grain Sticky rice and roasted cauliflower and broccoli. Great dinner and super easy!

  25. I had a lot of ground turkey in the freezer and wanted to make something different. I asked Google and found this one. My family LOVED IT! It was so easy to prepare and very quick. It also gave me a chance to use the ground ginger that has been in my spice rack for a long time. I will DEFINITELY check out other recipes on this site and I will DEFINITELY make this again.

  26. It was delicious! Perfectly simple and super quick. Thank you so much:) 

  27. Thanks for your comment- going to try this recipe today

  28. Wow! This dish was amazing! My husband could not stop raving about it.  The flavors are fantastic. Making it again next week with ground chicken and going to try with lettuce wraps. 

  29. So I made this with 96% lean ground beef (only because I didn’t have turkey in the house) and WOW! Amazing. I accidentally put a little more cornstarch than the recipe called for and was worried, but this hit the spot. Grabbing turkey this weekend to make the points consistent with the recipe here 

  30. I had my doubts about this because of the ground meat, but I made it anyway and I did not change anything from original recipe. It was absolutely wonderful and I will definitely make it again.

  31. This recipe is excellent! I made the recipe as written except added some sliced and precooked carrots. So delicious – sweet, salty and spicy!

  32. Oh my… this was totally delish!!!! My super picky husband went back for seconds! I added some sweet mini peppers and a jalapeno after the ground turkey and onion was cooked. Toasted the sesame seeds under the broiler for a few seconds (be careful if you do this as they can easily catch on fire!). Added a little diced red onion since I didn’t have any scallions. Served over cauliflower rice. Thought for sure my husband would turn his nose up at that, but he really liked even that!
    Thanks for such a great, easy, low-cal recipe!❤️
    P. S. This was so good, I decided I HAD to comment–have never done that on any other blogs before!

  33. Wow!  Found this when laying on the couch after a 5 hour bike ride, trying to figure out what take out to have that out be ‘healthy’ (not going to happen). I did have ground turkey in the fridge and some veggies and all the ingredients for this dish!  

    Decided to try this and WOW!  I added in some other veggies to get my 5 a day but kept the sauce the same. Ready in less than the time it would have been for delivery and WAY more healthy!  

    I am going to keep this recipe and play with it. It is amazing as is, but sky is the limit!!!

    Thank you for the new recipe and saving me from TAKE OUT!  Eating healthy is very important….this is a WINNER!!!

  34. Made this for dinner tonight – so good! Thanks for posting!

  35. We are not huge fans of ground turkey but I made this to try something new and it is amazing!!!!!

  36. I tried this and fell in love. I seriously hurt myself from eating so much of this.

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