Asian Turkey Cabbage Cups – the Perfect Weeknight Meal

Asian turkey cabbage cupsYou are in for a treat today! These Asian turkey cabbage cups are one of our favorites. Don’t let the long list of ingredients fool you, this recipe is super simple to toss together, which is a big part of why I love it! From start to finish it takes about 20 minutes tops. My kids get so excited when they hear we are making these, they can’t get enough!

Yum, yum, yum!

Two quick notes about this recipe. First, this is usually exactly enough to serve our family of 4, with a teeny bit left over for my husband’s lunch the next day. If you have big eaters or are feeding more people, double the recipe.

Second, I love to cook this in a 12-inch cast iron skillet, like this one. It is the perfect size! You can mix all the ingredients right in the skillet, which means only one pan to wash.

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Asian Turkey Cabbage Cups - the Perfect Weeknight Meal
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1¼ pounds ground turkey
  • ½ cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1½ tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon liquid aminos (or soy sauce)
  • Large Napa cabbage leaves (or butter lettuce leaves), rinsed and patted dry
  • Raw sunflower seeds
  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add ginger and turkey to pan.
  3. Cook until turkey is done, stirring frequently.
  4. Drain turkey and place in a large bowl.
  5. Add all ingredients except cabbage (or lettuce leaves) and sunflower seeds and combine well.
  6. Spoon turkey mixture into cabbage leaves and top with sunflower seeds.

7 thoughts on “Asian Turkey Cabbage Cups – the Perfect Weeknight Meal”

  1. Wow that looks delicious, and healthy! I’ll definitely be saving this recipe for future use. Thanks and have a great new year!


    1. Thanks John! I can’t wait to hear how you like it. You have a great new year as well!

  2. Made these tonight. My family loved them. I was shocked. I thought I would have leftovers just for me. My son took a bite and said, theses have lots of flavor! Awesome recipe. Thank you!

  3. This looks and sounds really tasty, as well as healthy. We need to start doing this at my house, especially if it is indeed as healthy as it sounds! My son is a really big fan of different Asian food ever since his foods class at school made different dishes.

    1. That is so great that your son is getting into cooking! Asian food is so tasty, and can be super healthy!

  4. The tips are awesome. They are clear to the point. Easy follow step by step. Have been wondering on how I can do this, now I can do it without any doubts. I like them. I can’t wait to do it at home. I will even print this out. Thank you very much.

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