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Ground Turkey Cabbage Skillet

This Ground Turkey and Cabbage Skillet with caramelized onions comes together quickly for healthy weeknight meals. You’d never guess this flavorful, nutritious meal is made with only 6 basic ingredients!

Stainless steel skillet full of ground turkey and cabbage with sriracha drizzled on top and sprinkled with parsley

The inspiration for this recipe comes from a mashup of my Caramelized Cabbage with Bacon and my One-Pot Ground Beef and Cabbage.

In my mind, you can’t go wrong with meat and veggies for a filling, nutritious meal. The neutral flavor of cabbage makes it a win to cook with just about anything! 

This simple ground turkey and cabbage skillet only requires 6 basic ingredients, but is plenty flavorful.

Plus, it is easy to customize to your heart’s delight by adding various veggies or sauces.

This recipe makes two servings if all you’re eating is this exact recipe, or 4 servings if you’re adding side dishes such as steamed rice or roasted veggies, salad, etc.

If you have a large pot, you can double the recipe for meal prepping weekday lunches or dinners. Just be sure you have a big enough vessel to hold a lot of cabbage.

Stainless Steel Skillet of ground turkey, onions, cabbage, hot sauce, and fresh parsley, ready to serve.

This recipe takes a little longer to make than your standard 30-minute meal made in a skillet, because the onion and cabbage require more time to cook for perfect texture and flavor.

My favorite part about the recipe is that it is so easy to make. I would go so far as to say it’s totally goof-proof, so even cooking novices will find great success with it.

You can easily multi-task while the onions and cabbage are cooking, as the veggies don’t require a lot of oversight.

Finished ground turkey and cabbage skillet, ready to eat.

Let’s discuss the simple healthy ingredients needed to make this easy recipe a reality.

Ingredients for Ground Turkey and Cabbage Skillet:

Avocado Oil: Used to sauté the onion and cabbage, avocado oil has a high smoke point making it ideal for cooking at high temperatures.

Onion & Garlic: We cook the onion to caramelized perfection to maximize the flavor, making this dish so rich and flavorful in spite of being low-fat and low-carb. Fresh garlic cloves get minced up and added in for extra flavor.

Cabbage: Cabbage adds volume to the meal, making it nice and filling and satisfying. You can also use red cabbage if you prefer.

Lean Ground Turkey: For a high protein, low-fat dinner recipe, we use ground turkey in this delicious meal. Feel free to swap it out for lean ground beef or ground chicken.

Coconut Aminos: Bringing a little Asian flair to the meal, coconut aminos adds sweetness and umami flavor. You can swap it out for homemade teriyaki sauce, store-bought teriyaki sauce, low-sodium soy sauce, or tamari.

Sea Salt: Add sea salt to taste. If you’re using soy sauce, you likely won’t need to add more salt.

For Serving:

I like drizzling a little sriracha over the ground turkey and cabbage for a little kick.

You can serve this meal with additional side dishes like steamed rice or roasted veggies, or add more vegetables to the skillet.

If you do dairy, you can serve with grated cheese such as parmesan, cheddar, gouda, etc. Sour cream, salsa, and avocado are also great options.

Optional Additions:

  • Add in any of your favorite hearty vegetables such as carrots, bell peppers, broccoli, or cauliflower.
  • Cook 4 to 6 strips of thick-cut bacon, using the rendered fat to cook the recipe. You can sprinkle the cooked crispy bacon on top once everything is finished.
Close up on cooked ground turkey, caramelized onions and cabbage in a skillet.

Now that we have the healthy ingredients list covered, let’s make it!

How to Make Ground Turkey and Cabbage Skillet:

Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet (a large 12-inch skillet with a deep rim is recommended!) or a large pot over medium-high heat.

Add the sliced onion and cook until the onion has softened, about 5 minutes.

Onions cooking in a skillet

Transfer the sliced cabbage to the skillet, stir as best you can (it will be overflowing) and cover with a lid. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage has wilted and much liquid is seeping out, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Raw sliced cabbage in a skillet with onions to be cooked.

Remove the lid and create space in the center of the skillet to add the ground turkey and the garlic.

Raw ground turkey in the center of a skillet with cooked cabbage and onions around it.

Allow the turkey to brown for a few minutes untouched, then use a spatula to break it into smaller pieces and incorporate it into the cabbage and onion.

Ground turkey, cabbage, and onion cooking in a skillet.

Pour in the coconut aminos (or liquid aminos or soy sauce) and stir well.

Pouring coconut aminos in the skillet with ground turkey, cabbage, and onions.

If there is still a lot of liquid at the bottom of the skillet, continue cooking over high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened to your desired level of thickness.

Serve this ground turkey cabbage skillet with any choice of side dishes and your favorite toppings (such as grated cheese, sliced avocado, hot sauce, salsa, sour cream, etc.) and enjoy!

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Close up skillet with ground turkey and cabbage inside.

And that’s it! A quick and easy healthy dinner recipe that requires hardly any effort to prepare. Make this low-carb meal any time you’re looking for a nourishing dinner that will keep you feeling energized. 

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Stainless steel skillet full of ground turkey and cabbage with sriracha drizzled on top and sprinkled with parsley

Ground Turkey Cabbage Skillet

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

An easy healthy weeknight meal, this Ground Turkey Cabbage Skillet is easy to customize and nutritious for a high-protein low-carb meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 medium-sized yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 head green cabbage, sliced
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced.
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp coconut aminos*
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

    1. Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet (a large 12-inch skillet with a deep rim is recommended!) or a large pot over medium-high heat.

    2. Add the sliced onion and cook until the onion has softened, about 5 minutes.

    Onions cooking in a skillet

    3. Transfer the sliced cabbage to the skillet, stir as best you can (it will be overflowing) and cover with a lid. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage has wilted and much liquid is seeping out, about 10 to 15 minutes.

    Raw sliced cabbage in a skillet with onions to be cooked.

    4. Remove the lid and create space in the center of the skillet to add the ground turkey and the garlic. Allow the turkey to brown for a few minutes untouched, then use a spatula to break it into smaller pieces and incorporate it into the cabbage and onion.

    Ground turkey, cabbage, and onion cooking in a skillet.

    5. Pour in the coconut aminos (or liquid aminos or soy sauce) and stir well.

    Pouring coconut aminos in the skillet with ground turkey, cabbage, and onions.

    If there is still a lot of liquid at the bottom of the skillet, continue cooking over high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened to your desired level of thickness.

    6. Serve this ground turkey cabbage skillet with any choice of side dishes and your favorite toppings (such as grated cheese, sliced avocado, hot sauce, salsa, sour cream, etc). And enjoy!

    Finished ground turkey and cabbage skillet, ready to eat.

Notes

*Replace the coconut aminos with low-sodium soy sauce or liquid aminos. Be sure to taste the meal before adding more salt if you make this replacement, as the soy may be enough salt.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information
Yield 2 Serving Size 1 (of 2)
Amount Per Serving Calories 589Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 6gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 200mgSodium 1235mgCarbohydrates 43gNet Carbohydrates 27gFiber 16gSugar 27gProtein 55g

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Connie Ott

Thursday 26th of January 2023

We loved the recipe. So simple that I expected it to be bland. Not at all! A new Roasted Root favorite. I did add sun dried tomatoes for color. Your photo shows “red” item (?). We will definitely have this yummy dish again! ❤️❤️ Thank you!

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