Thai-Inspired Ground Turkey Stir Fry
Thai-Inspired Ground Turkey Stir Fry with Basil and Peppers has so many good flavors going on, and Thai food fans will enjoy this recipe!
I’ve mentioned how I’m working to embrace ground turkey, after years of thinking it was rather bland in the flavor department. And lately I’m really loving it, especially when it’s in a highly-seasoned recipe like this Thai-Inspired Ground Turkey Stir Fry with Basil and Peppers.
In this dish the oil is seasoned with onion onion and garlic, and then the cooked turkey is flavored with a stir-fry sauce that has fresh-frozen lime juice, Red Boat Fish Sauce, Sriracha Sauce, Gluten Free Soy Sauce and just a touch of Agave Nectar (0r sweetener of your choice.) With the addition of red bell this recipe has the sour-sweet-spicy-salty-bitter flavor notes that make Thai cooking so distinctive. Use your garden basil if you have some!
My Tips for Stir-Frying:
If you’re new to stir-frying, before you make this Thai Turkey Stir-Fry you might want to read the basic rules for stir-frying that I learned many years ago when I studied Chinese cooking. Once you’ve mastered those basic techniques, you can make an endless variety of good-tasting dishes!
How to Make Thai-Inspired Ground Turkey Stir Fry with Basil and Peppers:
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- Whisk together fresh-frozen lime juice, Red Boat Fish Sauce (affiliate link), Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link), Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate link), and Agave Nectar or other sweetener to make the stir-fry sauce.
- Cut the onion and red bell pepper into same-size slivers. Cut the garlic cloves into slices.
- Coarsely chop the basil after you’ve prepped the other ingredients. I still had basil left growing in my herb pots, but this would be a great reason to splurge on Thai Basil at the market.
- If you don’t have a Wok, use a large heavy frying pan. Heat the pan for one minute over high heat before you add the oil.
- Add oil and when it’s hot add garlic and cook just until it’s fragrant. Remove garlic and discard. (This is called “seasoning the oil.”)
- Then add red bell pepper and onion and stir-fry over high heat for 1-2 minutes. Remove to a bowl.
- Add the other teaspoon of oil if needed, add turkey, and stir-fry about 5 minutes, breaking it apart as it cooks.
- Cook the turkey until any liquid has evaporated and it’s starting to brown slightly.
- Add the peppers back to the wok and cook 2 minutes.
- Add the chopped basil and cook 1 minute.
- Add the sauce and cook until it’s absorbed into the meat and the whole dish is hot, about 2 minutes. Serve hot.
More Tasty Recipes for Stir-Fry Dishes:
Fried Cauliflower Rice with Shrimp, Sugar Snap Peas, and Red Pepper ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Garlic Beef, Broccoli, and Cauliflower Stir Fry ~ The Little Kitchen
Sriracha-Spiced Stir-Fried Tofu with Eggplant, Red Bell Pepper, and Thai Basil ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
I make this with my fresh-frozen lime juice. I love Red Boat Fish Sauce and it’s gluten-free and Paleo. I used Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce. If you don't mind a few carbs, a sweetener like agave nectar will hold the sauce together better, or use something like sugar-free maple syrup. Recipe created by Kalyn and Jake Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Stir Fry Sauce Ingredients
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 555mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 32g
I make this with my fresh-frozen lime juice. I love Red Boat Fish Sauce and it’s gluten-free and Paleo. I used Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce. If you don't mind a few carbs, a sweetener like agave nectar will hold the sauce together better, or use something like sugar-free maple syrup.
Recipe created by Kalyn and Jake
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
If you’re eating this Thai-Inspired Ground Turkey Stir-Fry with Basil and Peppers for Phase One of the South Beach Diet, you may wish to use Stevia-in-the-Raw granulated or another approved sweetener. (But even if you make it with Agave Nectar like I did, it’s still very low in carbs with all the other low-glycemic ingredients. I also think it’s low enough in carbs to work for most other low-carb eating plans.)
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