This Paleo-friendly Turkey and Sweet Potato Stir Fry is flavored with a rich ginger and coconut aminos sauce. If you think skillet meals are short on flavor, you’ll love this gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free one pan meal!
As I’m going through old recipes on my website, I’m discovering The Forgotten Ones. You know – the ones will terrible photos and maybe three comments. I have a lot of work ahead of me to optimize my website for search engine traffic – it’s my #1 business goal this year. That being said – I’ll be digging up some old recipes you may not have known were in the depths of Grazed & Enthused.
This One Pot Turkey and Sweet Potato skillet is based on an old recipe for a Ginger Buffalo Sauce. Well, it turns out my taste buds were way off 5 years ago because I made it today, and it tasted noting like Buffalo Sauce. It did then – it does not now. A true and humbling conundrum.
Instead, with a few tweaks I achieved this incredibly savory and flavor-packed skillet using a good dose of apple cider vinegar, ground ginger, coconut aminos, fish sauce and a few other ingredients. You whisk them together, bring them to a boil and allow to reduce into a syrupy ginger stir fry sauce.
In a separate skillet, you simply stir fry the sweet potatoes, red onion and ground turkey (or chicken or pork would work too) and toss with chopped green onion to finish. This easy weeknight meal got a 10/10 in our house – protein, veggies, satisfying salty flavor – done, done, done.
If you’re avoiding nightshades to maintain an anti-inflammatory diet, you’ll love the “spice” you get from the ground ginger in this Stir Fry Sauce. You can even add more than the recipe calls for, if you want it extra spicy.
WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS TURKEY AND SWEET POTATO SKILLET
Ground Turkey – ground chicken or pork could be subbed in
White sweet potatoes – orange sweet potatoes work too
Ginger Stir Fry Sauce (recipe included)
If you want to add some greens to this meal, I recommend thinly slicing kale and throwing it in once the sweet potatoes are almost done cooking. You can even add some chopped cilantro, but I wanted to keep the ingredients minimal for this recipe
Finally, are you looking for a good meal prep meal? This one gets even better the next day as the flavors develop, so double or triple the recipe for meals all week! We served ours topped with sliced avocado for extra color and fat.
HOW TO MAKE PALEO GINGER STIR FRY SAUCE:
In a medium saucepan, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, canned coconut milk, honey, ground ginger and turmeric, garlic and onion powder, and fish sauce.
Bring to a boil over medium heat and allow to reduce and thicken for 10 minutes. It will deepen in color.
Stir in the coconut aminos and smoked sea salt for added flavor and umami. Stir into your Turkey & Sweet Potato Skillet as it calls in the below recipe.
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Ginger Stir Fry Sauce
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup coconut cream, scooped from top of canned coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger (up to 3 teaspoons for spicier sauce)
- 3/4 teaspoon fine pink salt
- 1/2 teaspoon each garlic powder and onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
- 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked salt
Turkey Stir Fry
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
- 3 cups peeled and diced white sweet potato
- 1 cup diced red onion, divided
- 1 pound ground turkey or chicken
- 1/3 cup sliced green onions
- cracked pepper to taste
- for serving: avocado, toasted cashews and chopped fresh cilantro, if desired
- In a medium saucepan, whisk together all of the ingredients for the Ginger Stir Fry Sauce except the coconut aminos and smoked salt.
- Bring to a boil uncovered over medium heat. Allow to reduce for 10 minutes until thickened into a dark sauce that will coat the back of a spoon.
- Stir in the coconut aminos and smoked salt. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, make the Turkey Stir Fry. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet.
- Add all but 3 tablespoons of the diced red onion to the skillet along with the diced sweet potatoes. Cook, stirring every few minutes, until the potatoes are browned and almost cooked through.
- Stir in the ground turkey and season with crack pepper. Once the turkey is almost cooked through, cover the skillet with a lid for 1 minute to steam cook the sweet potatoes, if they are not fully cooked yet.
- Stir in the Ginger Stir Fry Sauce until combined. Finally, add in the green onion.
- Serve topped with the remaining 3 tablespoons of red onion and any other optional toppings like avocado, cashew and fresh cilantro.
You may also use ground pork in this recipe.