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Sesame Zoodles with Ground Turkey

These Sesame Zoodles with Ground Turkey are a light and flavorful dinner perfect for the summer!

two bowls of sesame zoodles with ground turkey

Sesame Zoodles with Ground Turkey

When I made this dish for my family, they immediately loved this recipe. It’s light and filling which is perfect for those hot summer nights. You won’t feel weighed down after eating it. 

It’s got just a few simple flavors that come together while stir frying to make a really great sauce for the zoodles and ground turkey. I add mushrooms as well for a little deeper flavors, but those can be left out if you’re not a fan! 

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a close up shot showing green onions and sesame seeds on the dish

How do you make zoodles?

To make zoodles, you’ll need to use a spiralizer of some sorts. I have a KitchenAid Mixer attachment that helps with making the zucchini into noodles! There are also handheld options that are much more budget friendly. 

Some stores are actually selling zoodles premade as well so if you’re able to find those, that’ll help save a little time too.

Do I need to use zoodles?

Not necessarily! You could just use diced zucchini if that’s all you have on hand. You’ll get the same delicious flavors. 

If you’re looking to make your own noodles, you can slice the zucchini lengthwise and cut in smaller lengths.

a white bowl of sesame zoodles with ground turkey

What is the sauce made of?

The sauce is just a few simple ingredients and is an Asian inspired recipe. You’ll add these ingredients and cook stirring over a medium high heat to bring it all together! 

  • Low sodium soy sauce 
  • Ground ginger 
  • Sesame oil 
  • Water 
  • Green onions
  • Salt
  • Pepper 

If you like a little heat, you can always add some red pepper flakes. You can also top it with sesame seeds for a little extra punch of sesame flavor and a little crunch! 

Feel free to use tamari if you’re looking to make the dish gluten free. 

an over head shot of a bowl with sesame zoodles and a fork

What protein should I use?

I like using lean ground turkey because it’s quick to cook through making it an easy weeknight dish. You could also use chicken or ground beef, though, they might have different flavors. 

Try using tofu or tempeh if you’re looking to make this dish vegetarian! It helps bulk it up to a full meal rather than just a side dish.

Looking for other Asian inspired dishes? Try one of these:

an over head shot of a bowl with sesame zoodles and a fork

Sesame Zoodles with Ground Turkey

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

These Sesame Zoodles with Ground Turkey are a light and flavorful dinner perfect for the summer!


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 8 oz sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup green onion diced, about 3
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 lb sprialized zucchini, about 2 large zucchini
  • sesame seeds, to top


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Add ground turkey and cook until no longer pink, about 13-15 minutes. Break up with a spatula throughout cooking time.
  2. Add in mushrooms, soy sauce, ground ginger, sesame oil, water, half of the green onions, salt and pepper. Stir until incorporated and let simmer for 7-8 minutes until mushrooms are soft.
  3. Add in spiralized zucchini and stir until coated. Continue moving around in the pan over medium heat to cook through. For crunchy zucchini, cook 5 minutes or for softer zucchini cook 10 minutes. Serve and top with remaining green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 434Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 507mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 34g

Nutrition provided is only an estimate.

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