You'll be shocked by how quick and easy it is to make this Teriyaki Turkey Rice Bowl recipe. They look and taste delicious thanks to the tender fresh vegetables, ground turkey, and sweet teriyaki glaze.
If you’re serving this for guests, let them think you labored hard over this one, even though it's done in under 30 minutes. The final product is cookbook-cover-worthy and the aromas make your kitchen smell delicious from start to finish.
Fan of easy rice bowls? Try these honey garlic salmon rice bowls to get in healthy fats.
This teriyaki salmon and this fiesta lime shrimp bowl recipe are the inspiration behind today's easy healthy meal.
A quick meal that's easy and healthy is worth its weight in gold. These rice bowls deliver all three and make great leftovers to eat for lunch the next day (meal prep!). Aside from the rice, you make the entire turkey filling and vegetable mixture in one bowl. We like to use a large wok to hold all the filling, just like in these ground pork lettuce wraps.
Why You'll Love Ground Turkey Teriyaki Bowls
There isn’t much to not love about this recipe, but here are just a few reasons this dish will easily become a favorite:
- Quick weeknight dinner: This recipe is as easy to clean up as it is to prep and put together. If you're looking for a quick weeknight meal the whole family will enjoy or something easy to prep and save for lunches all week, look no further.
- Best flavor: the sweet teriyaki sauce balances with the richness of the coconut rice and savory ground turkey.
- Aromas: From the fresh coconut rice to the soy sauce, sesame oil, and roasting garlic, this recipe is chock-full of both sweet and savory fragrances.
- Versatility: If there's an ingredient you don't have on hand, there's a substitution for it! From the rice base to the meat, the veggie mix, and the homemade teriyaki sauce, every element of this dish is customizable. You could make this dish once a week and always find a way to change it up!
- Hidden veggies: Aside from the low-fat, high-protein ground turkey that will keep you plenty satisfied, this recipe can hide as many veggies as you want (or that your kids don’t normally want). It's a complete meal in a bowl!
What Is Teriyaki Sauce?
You may be surprised to learn that many consider teriyaki an American fusion dish and that it actually has American roots. The salty-sweet teriyaki marinade we know today is inspired by a 17th Century Japanese method for marinating and grilling fish.
In fact, the name "teriyaki" comes from the Japanese words teri, meaning “shine” and yaki, meaning “grill”. It's believed that the Japanese-American immigrants who settled in Hawaii recreated the dish (which was originally a much lighter marinade of soy sauce and mirin) to include fresh ginger, brown sugar, pineapple juice, and green onions.
While you can certainly still use teriyaki on fish, like my Easy Teriyaki Glazed Salmon, if you like the flavor, some other dishes you may want to try are this Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger or this One Pan Healthy Chicken Teriyaki.
Grab These Ingredients
Here are the simple ingredients for these turkey teriyaki rice bowls. The produce is fresh, easy, and affordable to find in your local grocery store. Jump down to the recipe card for exact measurements.
- Rice: A long-grain white rice like jasmine is perfect for the coconut rice recipe, but brown rice, quinoa, or even rice noodles would work as a base for this dish as well.
- Coconut milk: The full-fat coconut milk added to the rice really takes this dish to the next level. The coconut flavor comes through in every bite and complements the teriyaki so well without overpowering it. You'll want to take your spoon right to the pot! You can make fluffy stovetop coconut rice or Instant Pot coconut rice.
Ground Turkey and Veggies
- Ground turkey: The ground turkey keeps this meal healthy and light.
- Garlic: The garlic adds just enough flavor to your ground turkey.
- Veggies: Onion, broccoli, carrot, and red pepper all add a nice crunch and light sweetness of their own to this recipe.
- Garnishes: Trust me when I say you don't want to skimp on the toppings here. Not only do they make the final dish look beautiful, the toasted panko, avocado, scallions, and sesame seeds each add their own dimensions to this recipe. Other toppings you may choose to add are peanuts, kimchi, or cilantro.
- Soy sauce: Tamari sauce or coconut aminos make great substitutes for soy sauce. If you're staying away from wheat, use tamari sauce and if you're avoiding soy, opt for the coconut aminos.
- Honey: The honey gives the teriyaki the sweet profile. Pure maple syrup, coconut sugar, or brown sugar will also work.
- Sesame oil: If you don't have sesame oil, you can substitute olive oil or avocado oil. However, the sesame oil has a strong flavor that is hard to match and it's a good staple to have on hand for other Asian-inspired recipes like our Asian Chicken Wings.
- Aromatics: Use a mix of garlic powder and fresh ground ginger, but fresh garlic and ground ginger are great replacements.
- Cornstarch: Swap this interchangeably with tapioca starch as the thickening agent.
How to Make Teriyaki Turkey Rice Bowls
The full printable recipe is below, but let’s walk through the steps with some photos and a video so you have a clear idea of what to expect. This teriyaki turkey rice bowl recipe is really easy and these step-by-step instructions will make sure it turns out every time.
Combine the water, salt, and coconut milk in a pot over high heat and bring it to a boil. Add the rice, stir once, and allow it to simmer. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Time may vary based on rice and package directions. Remove it from the heat and fluff it with a fork.
Whisk together all of the teriyaki sauce ingredients in a small bowl or measuring cup. Dissolve the cornstarch in the water then whisk the cornstarch mixture with the rest of the teriyaki sauce ingredients and set aside.
Drizzle the olive oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Once it’s hot and simmering, add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes, until soft and translucent. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.
Crumble ground turkey in the pan and cook, breaking it up into small pieces until halfway cooked, 3-4 minutes. Add the chopped broccoli, shredded carrot, and diced red pepper, and continue to cook until the vegetables are soft and no pink remains.
Pour teriyaki sauce over the turkey and cook over medium-high heat. Allow the mixture to simmer until it starts to thicken then remove it from the heat.
Add rice to the bottom of a bowl and top with teriyaki turkey. Top with sliced avocado, green onion, sesame seeds, and optional toasted panko.
Once you see how easy this dish is to put together, you may want to try another Asian-inspired bowl recipe. If so, be sure to check out this Salmon Rice Bowl next.
Have leftover ground turkey and craving a different flavor? Check out these Healthy Ground Turkey Enchiladas or my Gluten Free Turkey Meatloaf.
Recipe Variations and Modifications
Low carb: steam a quick batch of cauliflower rice or serve this dish over bib lettuce or romaine lettuce leaves.
Different veggies: chopped green beans, bell peppers, snap peas, snow peas, cauliflower, celery, whole baby corn, bean sprouts, and water chestnuts would all make great veggie alternatives.
Another protein: swap out the ground turkey for any ground protein you have on hand, like ground pork, ground chicken, ground beef, or ground venison.
This recipe is naturally gluten-free and dairy-free, making it fit perfectly into an anti-inflammatory diet.
Store rice, meat, and veggie leftovers separate from the garnishes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Reheat leftovers, except the garnishes, in the microwave or on the stovetop until warmed through.
You can also freeze the meat and veggie portion in an airtight container for up to three months. Thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat before serving over rice.
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Need Another Healthy Ground Turkey Recipe?
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Turkey Teriyaki Rice Bowl
- 1 cup uncooked long grain white (Note 2 brown rice)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 (13.6 ounce) can full-fat coconut milk (can sub 1 3/4 cups of water)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/3 cup soy sauce, tamari, or coconut aminos (Note 3)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground ginger or 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon corn starch or tapioca starch + 1 tablespoon water
Ground Turkey Bowl
- 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 medium yellow onion diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 cup chopped broccoli
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 red pepper diced
- Toppings: toasted panko, avocado, green onions, or sesame seeds
- Large skillet or wok
- Large stock pot or saucepan to make the rice (Note 1 for Instant Pot rice)
- Combine the water, salt, and coconut milk in a pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Add the rice, stir once, and allow it to simmer. Reduce the heat, cover, and cook for 20 minutes. Fluffy with a fork and remove from the heat when it’s done.
Ground Turkey Teriyaki
- Whisk together all of the teriyaki sauce ingredients in a small bowl or measuring cup. Dissolve the cornstarch in the water then mix it with the rest of the teriyaki sauce ingredients and set aside.
- Drizzle the olive oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Once it’s hot and shimmering, add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes, until soft and translucent. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.
- Add the ground turkey to the pan and cook, breaking it up into small pieces until halfway cooked, 3-4 minutes. Add the chopped broccoli, shredded carrot and diced red pepper, and continue to cook until the vegetables are soft and the turkey is cooked through, with no pink remaining.
- Pour the teriyaki sauce over the turkey and turn the heat up to medium-high until the mixture is bubbling then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer to thicken the sauce. Remove it from the heat to assemble the bowls.
- Add the cooked coconut rice to the bottom of a bowl and top with teriyaki turkey. Garnish with sliced avocado, green onion, sesame seeds, and optional toasted panko breadcrumbs.
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