Fluffy rice and seasoned ground turkey come together for one delicious dinner, made in under 30 minutes! These ground turkey rice bowls are easy, comforting and can be garnished to taste with your favourite toppings!
Rice bowls. I’m obsessed. Why? It’s quite simple, actually. I love carbs! Bread, rice, buns, pizza … it’s all my foodie love language.
And pair those said carbs with lean ground turkey that’s seasoned with things like soy sauce, ginger and sesame oil? Oh yeah, delicious!
Plus, I just love recipes where I can just pile the ingredients in a bowl and customize it with toppings according to what I feel like on any given day.
Why We Love These Ground Turkey Rice Bowls
- These rice bowls come together in under 30 minutes (depending on which variety of rice you use).
- They can be customized to taste with toppings.
- Lunch or dinner, this bowl works great.
- Of course, they taste so delicious!
How to Make Turkey and Rice Bowls
Full details are in the recipe card below, but here are the basics:
Basically, you cook the rice per package instructions. While the rice is doing its thing, start cooking the ground turkey.
Heat some oil in a skillet, add the ground turkey, then heat until it’s fully cooked through (breaking up into crumbles).
Once done, just add your seasoning and cook for another minute or two.
Then it’s just a matter of dividing the rice between a couple of bowls, topping with the cooked ground turkey and garnishing to taste. Easy, right?
Variety of Rice to Use
Use what you enjoy best, really! I enjoy jasmine rice, but other delicious options are brown rice, white rice, basmati rice and a wild rice blend. Heck, you could even use a parboiled or instant rice if you like (definite time-saver if you are pinched for time).
Do I Have to Use Rice?
Note at all! While I do love rice here (and they are “rice bowls”), you can totally use cauliflower rice or quinoa instead of the rice.
Make Things More Substantial
To add more substance, heartiness and oomph to your rice bowls, try adding a fried egg (a sunny-side up egg, like I used in this egg and rice bowl recipe would be perfect)! The yolk creates a sauce component which works lovely in these turkey rice bowls.
Add in some veggies! Sautéed baby bok choy, simple steamed or roasted broccoli, shredded carrot, corn or sliced cucumber would all be lovely additions to this bowl.
Rice Bowl Garnish Ideas
- Chili oil (a must for me, so good!)
- Sesame seeds
- Green onion
- Chili pepper
- Hot sauce
- Soya sauce
- Crushed peanuts
More Easy Ground Turkey Recipes
If you make this ground turkey rice bowl recipe, be sure to leave a comment below!
Ground Turkey Rice Bowls (under 30 minutes)
- 1 to 2 cups cooked rice, depending on how much rice you want (cook rice per package instructions)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ pound ground turkey
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1.5 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon ginger paste, or minced fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon chili paste
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
Garnish Ideas (optional)
- Sesame seeds
- Chopped peanuts
- Chili oil
- Hot sauce
- Chopped green onion
- Sliced chili pepper
- Cook rice per package instructions.
- Meanwhile, to cook turkey, heat olive oil in a 10-inch or 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add the ground turkey and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking the turkey up into crumbles as it cooks, until it's fully cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes.
- To cooked turkey, stir in garlic, soy sauce, ginger, chili paste, sesame oil and fish sauce. Cook 1 to 2 minutes.
- Divide the rice between two bowls, then top with the turkey mixture and garnish (if desired) to taste. Serve and enjoy!Note: To make things even more substantial, top with a fried egg and/or your favourite veggies.
Nutrition estimate (if provided) is based on 1 Serving.
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A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are guidelines only.