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Garlic Butter Ground Turkey with Cauliflower Skillet

by Christina Cherrier – Updated Sep 2, 2020
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Garlic Butter Ground Turkey with Cauliflower Skillet
Garlic Butter Turkey with Cauliflower -  #turkey #cauliflower #eatwell101 #recipe - A rich and indulgent bowl of comfort with a healthy twist!

Garlic Butter Turkey with Cauliflower – A rich and indulgent bowl of comfort with a healthy twist! Ground turkey is filled with the flavor of spices and herbs and cooked along deliciously crunchy cauliflower. A nutritious low-carb, keto, paleo main dish for dinner. This garlic butter turkey with cauliflower is ready in less than 30 minutes, everyone will ask for more of this keto / low-carb comfort food! Enjoy!

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Ingredients list for the Garlic Butter Ground Turkey with Cauliflower

  • 1 lb (450g) ground turkey (or ground chicken)
  • 1/2 head cauliflower, sliced into florets
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) low-sodium soy sauce (or coconut amino, for Paleo)
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce (we used Sriracha)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • Fresh chopped cilantro (or parsley)
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) water
  • Red chili pepper flakes
  • Lemon slices, for garnish

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1. To make the Garlic Butter Turkey with Cauliflower: Heat a large skillet over medium-low with one tablespoon vegetable oil. Saute the pre-cooked cauliflower florets in the skillet, under slightly golden brown – make sure not to burn cauliflower. Deglaze with lemon juice, add in some fresh cilantro, salt and pepper to your taste, and toss to coat well. Remove to a shallow plate.

2. In the same skillet (rinse the skillet if cauliflower has burnt), melt butter with one tablespoon oil and cook ground turkey, breaking the meat apart with a wooden spoon. When the turkey meat is no longer pink, add garlic, the onion powder and give a quick stir. Add soy sauce, water, and hot sauce and continue cooking, stirring regularly, for a couple of minutes.

3. Push ground turkey aside and return the cauliflower to the skillet. Reheat quickly and coat cauliflower in the sauce. Add a drizzle of sesame oil, sprinkle with fresh chopped cilantro, red chili pepper flakes and garnish with lemon slices. Serve the Garlic Butter Turkey with Cauliflower immediately – enjoy!


  • To cook cauliflower quicker: Throw the cauliflower florets in a bowl and add 1/4 cup (60ml) water, cover and microwave for 4 minutes before sauteeing.
  • If you want more sauce: remove the cooked ground turkey from the pan and add butter, garlic, and onion powder. Deglaze with soy sauce, hot sauce, add a few drops of water if necessary – You can use the same quantities as the ingredients list. Transfer to a small bowl and serve along with cooked ground turkey and cauliflower.
  • Make sure to use low sodium soy sauce and don’t add salt to the recipe. The dish is already salty enough!

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  • kip

    2021-11-30 19:13:42

    This was very good. I served it over spaghetti squash with grated parmesan over the top.

  • Sue Parker

    2021-11-07 04:17:37

    Super easy to make and the flavour was yum. I used chicken mince and used fresh parsley as I didn’t have any fresh cilantro and will definitely make this again.

  • Savannah

    2021-06-14 15:00:33

    SO delicious and simple! I want to make this every week for me and my family.

  • Jennifer

    2021-04-08 07:51:17

    It was a nice light, quick meal. I think next time I would add ginger, and use lime instead of lemon. Maybe green onion & sesame seeds would work well too.

  • Margaret

    2021-03-17 23:08:15

    This was only my second time making something with ground turkey and I am addicted! Now I make it whenever I have a few nights to work in a row because it's so easy to reheat. Only thing I changed is I used cauliflower rice and made it into a rice bowl. It's amazing! Thanks for this recipe.

  • Jude

    2021-02-18 18:48:38

    This was very good. Cut back on the onion powder, though. Recipe kept locking up when I removed images.

  • Paul

    2021-02-09 21:22:23

    We eat a lot of ground turkey (low carbers) and it's not easy to get solid flavor out of it, but this recipe proved a tasty success. Used what I had-- Normandy blend frozen veggies with extra lemon juice. Healthy and no leftovers...

  • Staci

    2021-01-20 21:22:54

    This was really good but I made several modifications. I used only 1 tbsp of vegetable oil, butter and garlic. I used only 1 tsp of the onion powder, Siracha and sesame oil. I omitted the pepper flakes. I microwaved the cauliflower prior cooking as suggested and added snow peas to get some extra veggies. It was just the right amount of spiciness for my husband and I but we like mild so it was perfect. Will definitely make again.

  • Samantha

    2021-01-20 00:30:04

    I didn’t love this. Too much butter. It certainly is missing something to compete it as a meal. Will not be making this again.

  • Rachel

    2021-01-16 22:26:17

    This was delicious. I wish the instructions were a little more clear tho. It said to add precooked cauliflower in the pan but the recipe ingredients did not call for "precooked" cauliflower. Despite the weird wording, I will make this again.

  • Teresa

    2021-01-15 21:23:55

    Very delicious , I used coconut aminos instead of soy sauce , this will be good as lettuce wraps .

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