Turkey Ma Po Tofu


Ma Po Tofu is a traditional Chinese recipe usually made with ground pork. This delicious, healthy version uses ground turkey to cut saturated fat and calories and adds mushrooms for extra veggies. Serve with brown rice and make it extra special with a drizzle of sesame oil just before serving.

Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings, 1 1/ cups each


  • 2 tablespoons chile-garlic sauce (see Tips)

  • 1 ½ tablespoons black bean-garlic sauce (see Tips)

  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry

  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 ¼ cups water plus 2 tablespoons, divided

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 1 pound 93%-lean ground turkey

  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced

  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger

  • 1 14- to 16-ounce package water-packed soft tofu, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


  1. Whisk chile-garlic sauce, black bean sauce, rice wine (or sherry), soy sauce and 1 1/4 cups water in a small bowl.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add turkey and mushrooms and cook, stirring and breaking up the turkey, until it is no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Add scallions and ginger and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more.

  3. Add the reserved sauce; bring to a boil. Stir in tofu and cook until hot, about 2 minutes. Combine cornstarch with the remaining 2 tablespoons water and add to the pan. Simmer until the sauce is thickened, about 2 minutes.


A blend of ground chiles, garlic and vinegar, chile-garlic sauce is commonly used to add heat and flavor to Asian soups, sauces and stir-fries. It can be found in the Asian section of large supermarkets (sometimes labeled as chili-garlic sauce or paste) and keeps up to 1 year in the refrigerator.

Black bean-garlic sauce is a savory sauce used in Chinese cooking, made from fermented black soybeans, garlic and rice wine. Find it in the Asian-foods section of most supermarkets or at Asian markets. Refrigerate for up to 1 year.

People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

320 Calories
18g Fat
11g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 1/4 cups
Calories 320
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 30g 61%
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Vitamin A 157IU 3%
Vitamin C 3mg 3%
Folate 68mcg 17%
Sodium 413mg 18%
Calcium 135mg 10%
Iron 3mg 19%
Magnesium 37mg 9%
Potassium 687mg 15%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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