For a Thanksgiving dish with a little extra style and a little Asian fusion, the Teriyaki Turkey Bake is the tops! Savory ground turkey, nutty and tender brown rice, crunchy and sweet cabbage, and garden-fresh broccoli make up the stir-fry-inspired heart of the dish. But Teriyaki Turkey Bake wouldn’t be itself without the sweet, tangy, and deeply umami homemade teriyaki sauce. Thanksgiving has never felt so adventurous!


For the sauce:

  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

For the bake:

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 napa cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups brown rice, cooked
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, minced, for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted, for garnish


Step 1 –In a small saucepan set over medium heat, add the rice vinegar, the water, the soy sauce, the brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of the canola oil, the all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of the ginger, and 1 clove of the garlic and whisk to combine.

Step 2 –Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer until the sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes.

Step 3 –Keep the sauce warm.

Step 4 –Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 5 –Grease a 2-quart baking dish

Step 6 –In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat the remaining canola oil.

Step 7 –Add the ground turkey and the onion to the hot oil and cook, while crumbling the meat, until the turkey is no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes.

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Step 8 –Add the remaining ginger and the remaining garlic to the turkey mixture and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Step 9 –Add the broccoli, the red bell pepper, and the napa cabbage to the turkey mixture and cook until the vegetables are just tender, about 4-5 minutes.

Step 10 –Add the cooked rice and the sauce to the turkey mixture and stir to combine.

Step 11 –Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish.

Step 12 –Cover and bake until heated through, about 15 minutes.

Step 13 –Serve garnished with the parsley and the sesame seeds.