A Teriyaki Turkey Rice Bowl is an Asian-inspired rice recipe that is full of flavor! Ground turkey, brown rice, carrots, broccoli, and peas, are drizzled with sweet and savory teriyaki sauce. This is a large-batch recipe that will not only feed everyone at dinner but also leave lunch leftovers for the week!
Teriyaki Turkey Rice Bowls are really delicious, easy to make, and the majority of the recipe comes together all in one pan.
You can use my recipe for homemade teriyaki sauce (it's easier than you think!), or you can use your favorite bottled sauce. I prefer to use freshly made rice, but microwave rice will also work and save you an extra step!
- Why you'll love this recipe
- Turkey and rice bowl ingredients
- Teriyaki sauce ingredients
- Equipment needed
- How to make a Teriyaki Turkey Rice Bowl
- Substitutions and variations
- What to serve with
- Time-saving tips
- How to store and reheat
- Frequently Asked Questions
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Why you'll love this recipe
- This is a large-batch recipe. It makes several cups of turkey, rice, and vegetables. I guarantee nobody will go hungry when you make this!
- The leftovers keep really well, which makes this perfect for meal prep. I totally recommend adding this to your lunch prep recipe rotation.
- Teriyaki Turkey and Rice bowls are gluten-free and dairy-free (as long as your soy sauce is gluten-free). Turkey is a main recipe ingredient, but you could easily leave it out to make this recipe vegetarian or vegan.
- This can be a "clean out the fridge" recipe! You can get creative with it and add red bell peppers, snow peas, cauliflower, sugar snap peas, sprouts, or zucchini.
Turkey and rice bowl ingredients
Ground turkey: I always purchase lean ground turkey that is about 85-93% lean. Not fat-free or 98-99% fat-free lean ground turkey. Fat adds flavor and moisture to ground turkey.
Vegetables: You'll need fresh broccoli florets, carrots, onions, and frozen peas. Chop the broccoli up into very small bite-sized pieces and shred the carrots. I don't steam these ahead of time so you need them to soften up after you've mixed them into the rice bowl.
Brown Rice: I prefer to use freshly made brown rice. Feel free to use microwave rice, boil-in-a-bag rice, frozen rice, or any leftover brown rice you have on hand. Any type of long grain brown rice will work.
Flavor additions: Freshly minced garlic, ground ginger, and sriracha sauce all add flavor and spice! They take otherwise flavorless ingredients and make them pop!
Teriyaki sauce ingredients
I make the teriyaki sauce from scratch in this recipe. It's actually very easy to make and only takes a few minutes!
You'll need soy sauce (full-sodium or low-sodium), rice vinegar, honey, brown sugar (light brown sugar or dark brown sugar), corn starch, ground ginger, garlic powder, and sesame seeds.
- Large frying pan or wok - I really prefer to use a wok. A wok has deep sides that make it easy to make a large batch of food.
- Two saucepans - You'll need to make the teriyaki sauce and the rice in the saucepans.
- Cutting board and chopping knife - A large cutting board and a sharp chopping knife are needed to chop up the broccoli and onions.
- 4-sided cheese grater - You'll need a grater to shred the carrots.
- Measuring cups and measuring spoons
How to make a Teriyaki Turkey Rice Bowl
Step 1: Cook the brown rice according to package instructions. Cooking time will vary depending on what rice you purchased. Brown rice can take anywhere from 15-45 minutes, so you'll want to get this started ASAP!
Step 2: Sauté the diced onion and minced garlic in a large frying pan or wok over medium heat. Cook until tender and translucent.
Step 3: Add the ground turkey to the onions and the garlic. Cook until the turkey is cooked through and no longer pink.
Add the ground ginger and the sriracha sauce to the ground turkey, onions, and garlic. Mix to combine.
Step 4: Add 2-3 cups broccoli florets, shredded carrots, and frozen peas to the ground turkey. Mix to combine and cook for an additional 5 minutes, until the vegetables have softened.
Step 5: Add the brown rice to the pan. Stir until the rice is fully incorporated into the turkey and vegetables.
Step 6: In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch with warm water. Mix until the cornstarch has dissolved and the mixture has turned into a white paste.
Step 7: Add the rest of the ingredients for the teriyaki sauce into a small saucepan. Bring to a light simmer. Whisk the cornstarch and water mixture into the teriyaki sauce. Continue whisking until the sauce has thickened and slightly reduced.
Step 8: Pour the teriyaki sauce over top of the turkey, veggies, and rice, and mix until fully combined. Garnish your Teriyaki Turkey Rice Bowl with chopped green onions!
Substitutions and variations
- Ground turkey: Ground turkey can easily be substituted with ground pork, ground beef, or ground chicken. Ground pork and beef have a much higher fat content than turkey, so you'll want to drain off any fat if you make these substitutes.
- Vegetables: Cauliflower, asparagus, mushrooms, snow peas, zucchini, spinach, red or green cabbage, and bok choy are all delicious vegetable substitutions!
- Rice: If you're not a fan of rice, try using noodles instead! Using noodles would give this recipe a lo-mein vibe. You could use rice noodles or even spaghetti noodles. Make this recipe low-carb by serving it with cauliflower rice.
- Teriyaki sauce: If you don't want to make your own teriyaki sauce, I highly recommend buying Veri Veri Teriyaki or Kinder's Teriyaki Sauce.
What to serve with
One of my favorite things about this Teriyaki Turkey Rice Bowl recipe is that you don't need any side dishes! If you really want to serve some other sides, then I would make spring rolls, egg rolls, dumplings, miso soup, or a green salad with sesame ginger dressing. Steamed edamame and seaweed salad would also be delicious!
- Purchase pre-made rice instead of making your own. I have tried a variety of different ready-to-eat rice products and they are all delicious. They usually come in a pouch and are reheated in the microwave. You'll need about 3 cups of cooked rice for this recipe.
- Use a bottled teriyaki sauce instead of taking the time to make your own. Even though teriyaki sauce is incredibly easy to make, there are some nights I just want dinner to be EVEN EASIER. So on those nights, the bottled sauce comes to my rescue!
- Instead of chopping up fresh broccoli, use frozen! Most frozen broccoli is already chopped into small pieces.
How to store and reheat
How to store: Store leftovers in a glass, airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
How to reheat: Reheat leftovers in the microwave for 1 minute at a time, until desired warmth is reached. Stir in between each minute.
Frequently Asked Questions
In addition to the ingredients listed in this recipe, you can add avocado, fresh ginger, cashews, peanuts, spicy mayo, green onions, sprouts, and extra soy sauce.
Ground turkey can be pretty bland on its own. I recommend adding salt, pepper, garlic powder, and any additional herbs or spices that you like. Cooking ground turkey in extra virgin olive oil or butter also helps add flavor.
Teriyaki sauce is sweet, savory, and salty.
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