Whole30 Asian Ground Turkey Stir-fry

Thie easy Whole30 Turkey Stir Fry is packed with lean ground turkey, lots of vegetables, and a delicious garlic and ginger stir fry sauce. It's ready in 20 minutes, filling, and great for meal prep.

416 CALORIES15g CARBS15g FAT56g PROTEIN
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Stir-fries are probably the easiest meal to make while following Whole30. They can be made with almost any combination of veggies and meat you have on hand. The tricky part is the sauce, but once you have a stir-fry sauce that you like, this is a mix and match meal you can eat again and again.

Since typical stir-fry sauces are full of sugar and soy, when you make a Whole30 compliant sauce, you have to kick up the flavors with plenty of garlic and ginger to make sure the sauce still pops. This delicious turkey stir fry does just that. 

In place of soy sauce, coconut aminos are the perfect substitution and it has a similar salty, umami flavor.

If you crave a sweet sauce, you could add some fresh orange juice or some diced dates for sweetness, but I honestly don't think it is needed. Then everything is quickly cooked and if you like things spicy, topped with a Whole30-friendly Asian hot sauce like sambal olek.

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What You'll Need

  • Ground turkey: This recipe can be made with any type of ground turkey and could also be made with ground chicken, ground pork, or ground beef. Any fat content will work. 
  • Vegetables: To make things easy, this recipe is made with an Asian vegetable mix found in the fresh produce section of the grocery store. It is easy to make your own with cabbage, carrots, broccoli slaw, Brussels sprouts, and snap peas. Just choose vegetables that cook quickly and can be sliced relatively small.
  • Coconut aminos: This is the Whole30 and gluten-free alternative to soy sauce. It is made from the sap of coconut palms. The sap is fermented and then combined with salt. It has 73% less sodium than soy sauce and also has 17 amino acids and B vitamins. It is soy-free, gluten-free, and can be used in place of soy sauce in most recples. 
  • Garlic and ginger: To punch up the sauce, use garlic and ginger to a rich flavor. Since this recipe is made with minimal ingredients, always try to use fresh garlic and ginger for the best flavor.
  • Rice vinegar: Vinegar adds some tang to the dish and helps brighten it up. It's the acid in this dish. Although it has rice in the name, plain rice vinegar is Whole30 compliant. Make sure not to get seasoned rice vinegar though since it contain sugar and additives. 
  • Coconut and sesame oil: The nuttiness of these two oils adds more flavor to the dish than a neutral oil would. It's ok to just use coconut oil if you don't have sesame oil on hand.

What's the best ground turkey for Whole30?

Any ground turkey will work for Whole30 as long as it doesn't haven't any additives or flavoring added.  Many people doing Whole30 diets look for organic ground turkey. Both ground dark meat and light meat turkey are allowed. Dark meat turkey has more fat and tends to have more flavor than light turkey meat or ground turkey breast. 

Side Dish Ideas

This dish is packed with protein from the ground turkey and fiber from the vegetables. However, if you are still looking for more, consider serving this with a side dish. Here are some tasty Whole30-friendly side dishes. 

  • Serve this over a big bowl of cauliflower rice or spaghetti squash.
  • Make some roasted sweet potatoes to serve on the side or add them right to the stir-fry. Just pre-cook them first.
  • Top this dish with some crunchy cashews, almonds, or sesame seeds. It is also delicious with some sliced avocado.
  • Finish the dish with a fried egg or two. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common questions about making this Whole30 ground turkey stir fry.

This stir fry works great with any combination of vegetables you like. Some popular Whole30 friendly vegetables include bell peppers, onions, snap peas, carrots, green beans, mushrooms, bok choy, water chestnuts, broccoli, cauliflower, and zucchini. 

This recipe is great for meal prep and will stay good in the fridge for 3-4 days. Store in an airtight container. Reheat it in the microwave or in a hot skillet. Leftovers are delicious served as is, wrapped in lettuce, or with cauliflower rice. 

This ground turkey stir fry can be made with frozen vegetables. Just make sure to choose a frozen stir fry mixture that doesn't have any added seasoning or flavors. Also note, the vegetables will be softer in the final dish when frozen vegetables are used. 

The Recipe
Whole30 Asian turkey stir fry with shredded cabbage, carrots, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts in a garlic, ginger, and soy based sauce.

Whole30 Asian Ground Turkey Stir-fry

PREP TIME: 5 Min
COOK TIME: 15 Min
TOTAL TIME: 20 Min
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Ingredients

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  • 1.5 tbsp. coconut oil (or olive oil)
  • 1.5 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp. ginger, minced
  • 2 lbs. 99% lean ground turkey
  • 20 oz. Asian vegetable mix (mine had cabbage, carrots, broccoli slaw, Brussels sprouts, and kale)
  • 6 tbsp. coconut aminos (or low sodium soy sauce)
  • 2.5 tbsp. rice vinegar

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Instructions

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1

Heat coconut and sesame oil over medium high heat.

2

Add the ground turkey, garlic, and ginger. Brown until turkey is fully cooked.

3

Add the vegetables. Cook until vegetables are just tender, about 4-5 minutes.

4

Add the coconut aminos and rice vinegar. Cook for 1 minute. Taste and season with additional coconut aminos if needed.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 2.5 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 416
Calories from Fat 132
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
22%
Saturated Fat 6g
31%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 125mg
42%
Sodium 185mg
8%
Total Carbohydrate 15g
5%
Dietary Fiber 3g
14%
Sugars 3g
Protein 56g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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Anna Marie
November 1, 2021 - 16:50
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This is one of my go-to recipes that my husband and I love. It’s like perfect comfort food for us. Leftovers make it even better! Yum!

Cashew dressing from Trader Joe’s on top makes it deluxe!
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Bridget Gibson
April 6, 2021 - 17:36
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Loved it! Perfect for getting rid of some veggies in the fridge too. Wishing I had some sriracha in the fridge - next time! For a kick I added Thai Red Curry paste
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