Coconut Turkey Curry In A Hurry

By Amanda Paa – Last updated: September 20, 2021
4.78 from 27 votes
A quick and easy ground turkey curry made with coconut milk and lots of vibrant fresh vegetables. You can use mild or hot curry powder depending on the spice level you prefer. It's a great weeknight meal, and is gluten-free and dairy-free!
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ground turkey curry in a bowl with white rice, two spoons
ground turkey curry in a bowl with white rice

The name says it all.

A veggie-filled, flavor-packed, ground turkey curry that comes together in 30 minutes!

Is it as elevated as traditional Indian curry? Of course not. You probably know that those dishes can take hours to make, due to all the spice components and techniques.

But does this quick curry still do the job of making your taste buds dance? It sure does.

It’s simple. It’s lightened up. And it’s a great balance of protein and fresh vegetables.

I particularly love using ground turkey in this recipe because it takes well to the spices in curry powder like turmeric, black pepper, coriander, cumin, and fenugreek. And, it’s also a budget-friendly turkey component you can feel good about.

ingredients for making ground turkey curry, laid out on countertop
veggies and coconut turkey curry in a braising pot

Most Google searches for turkey curry will bring you to recipes that have peas, tomatoes, and potatoes, which takes inspiration from the Indian dish called “Aloo Keema” – typically made with some type of minced meat.

Tips for Making Turkey Curry:

Because I wanted this meal to be ready in less than 30 minutes, I chose vegetables that cook quickly like baby zucchini, bell peppers, shallots, and spinach. The result was bright, fresh, and so colorful. You can make instant pot rice to go with it for ease, too.

Feel free to play with the spice level and use either mild or hot curry powder. If you have children, the mild version might be a good idea. You’ll find this recipe to be delightfully warming and satisfying either way!

ground turkey curry braising in a pot, with a spoon

What about leftovers?

They’re AMAZING. The longer the spices mingle, the deeper the flavor.

Can I use light coconut milk?

You could! But I use regular coconut milk because it’s the sole component of fat in this recipe. With such a lean meat and mostly vegetables, it needs the fat to be satisfying, in my opinion.

ground turkey curry in a bowl with white rice

More Curry Recipes:

Sweet and Salty Curry Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Sesame Curry Cashews
Creamy Sweet Potato Curry Soup

ground turkey curry in a bowl with white rice, two spoons

Coconut Turkey Curry In a Hurry

A quick and easy ground turkey curry made with coconut milk and lots of vibrant fresh vegetables. It's a great weeknight meal, and is gluten-free and dairy-free!
4.78 from 27 votes
Prep Time :10 minutes
Cook Time :20 minutes
Total Time :30 minutes
Yield: 5 servings
Author: Amanda Paa



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mild curry powder, divided
  • 2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt, divided
  • 1 bell pepper, seeds removed and thinly sliced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch, arrowroot starch, or tapioca starch
  • 1 cup chopped zucchini
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • juice of one lime
  • red pepper flakes and cilantro for garnish
  • cooked white jasmine rice


  • Preheat large saucepan over medium high heat. When hot, add shallots, and sauté for 4-5 minutes, until translucent. Add garlic, ginger, 1/2 tablespoon curry powder and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir and combine. Then add bell pepper and continue to cook for 3 minutes.
  • Push vegetables to one side of pan. Add turkey, and break up using a wooden spoon or firm spatula. Once cooked through and no pink remains, add remaining 1 tablespoon curry powder and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Stir thoroughly.
  • Then add coconut milk and tamari. Take out a few tablespoons of the cooking liquid, and whisk it with the arrowroot or tapioca starch. Add this mixture back to pan, and stir. This acts to thicken the liquid.
  • Add in zucchini, and spinach. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice.
  • Serve over warm rice and garnish with red pepper flakes and cilantro.

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  1. 5 stars
    Wow, this was yummy! Made the ground turkey so flavorful. Thought we’d have leftovers for next day’s dinner but my work-at-home husband beat me to it for his lunch.

  2. 5 stars
    We absolutely loved this dish! It’s so simple and I usually have most of these ingredients on hand. This has become a new staple dish for us!

  3. 5 stars
    Another favorite from you! I love all the comments of littles or teens loving this recipe. Same for our household! Our 13 year old inhaled his bowl. I had mine with your Jalapeño cheddar sourdough.
    I am so happy I found your blog! I so look forward to your Sunday chats email. All the best to you in 2023!

  4. 5 stars
    The husband and my’s favorite dish!! I try adding in some sliced leeks with the onions and baby bok choy with the zucchini!

  5. 5 stars
    Such an amazing and easy dish that was full of flavor. My 2.5 yo even liked it. We used quinoa instead of rice and shredded carrots instead of zucchini. It’s just what was on hand. Turned out so well. I’ll definitely make this again!

  6. 5 stars
    Easy and so delicious. I was intimidated at first by the list of ingredients but the directions were easy to follow and even my 17 year old loved it. It’s rare to find a gluten free meal for me that my family also enjoys. THANK YOU!

  7. 5 stars
    Love how this dish is so fresh but still cozy! I’ve never made curry with ground turkey or zucchini before, but it was very tasty. I added a sprinkle of brown sugar to counteract my very tart lime. Thanks for a great recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    Sooooo freakin good put my own touches to it and didnt have a few things on the list but very delish…

  9. Wow, simply amazing recipe, great taste, and awesome flavor, the fresh vegetables really compliments the turkey. It was wonderful and my kids loved it. Thanks