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Easy Turkey Steak Recipe (10 minutes or less!)

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As one of the best turkey steak recipes, this stovetop main is easy, tender, quick, and juicy. It’s perfect for an easy yet flavourful weeknight meal.
Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
£1.42
Makes: 4
mains
British
Freezable

As far as turkey steak recipes go, this one is one of the best! You’ll cook the turkey steaks on the stovetop with a delicious seasoning mix, leading to a tender, juicy, delicious main. This easy weeknight meal is quick cooking, so you can have it ready in no time.

Did I mention this recipe is ready in 10 minutes or less?! Pair it with your favourite sides, and enjoy a quick, healthy, filling meal for dinner or lunch. 

4 pieces of turkey steak in a frying pan with some sauce and fresh green herbs.

Why you’ll love this recipe

Pan-fried – Pan-frying turkey steak recipes like this one means you’ll have a nice sear on the outside, allowing for a more flavourful dish.

Juicy and tender – Cooking each turkey breast steak in a pan over high heat with oil helps lock in moisture, leaving you with deliciously juicy and tender steaks.

Heartier than chicken – Turkey steak is heartier than chicken, so you can use bolder spices and flavours without worrying about overwhelming the meat. It’s a great substitute for beef steak when you want to use stronger seasonings but want leaner meat.

Faster than roasting a whole turkey – Unlike other turkey breast steak recipes, this one is ready in less than 15 minutes.

10 minutes or less – As far as how long to cook this recipe, you should only need about 10 minutes or so, depending on the thickness of the turkey cutlets.

If you’ve got a taste for turkey after trying this yummy steak dish, consider making my: Easy Roasted Turkey Legs, The Best Ground Turkey Pasta or Southwest Ground Turkey and Rice Skillet.

What are Turkey Steaks?

Turkey steaks are a delicious cut of meat from boneless turkey breast. Because it’s a lean white meat, I recommend cooking it via my recipe. Otherwise, if it’s cooked longer or on low heat, there’s a potential for it to dry out.

When creating turkey steak recipes like this one, expect the steaks to be thinly cut, boneless, and skinless.

Turkey steak vs turkey fillet
Both turkey steak and fillet come from the same part of the turkey – the breast. However, there is one main difference. A turkey steak is a slice of the breast, while the fillet is typically one whole side of the breast. So, when you make turkey fillet recipes, you’ll be using halves of the breast. 

Make this into a more comforting dish by serving the turkey steaks with : Easy Cheesy Mashed Potatoes Recipe, Creamy Polenta with Parmesan or Lemon Pasta

Ingredients

Ingredients to make the turkey steak recipe laid out on a pale blue background and labelled.

Turkey Steaks – This is the star of the recipe! They’re juicy, tender, and flavourful. Turkey cutlets will also work with this recipe, though I would not recommend using thicker cuts or other versions of turkey like ground turkey.

Fresh Parsley – Herbs like fresh parsley add a deliciously fresh taste to turkey steak recipes like this. Other fresh herbs will also work, depending on your other seasoning. Thyme, rosemary, and sage all work beautifully with turkey steak.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Variations/ Adaptations

I’ve kept this turkey steaks recipe quite simple, allowing you to adjust it to your taste preferences. For example, you can swap out the spices with turkey steak recipes like this one. Instead of measuring out multiple spices, try a pre-made blend, like Italian seasoning. Most ingredients are already gluten-free and keto, but you’ll need to substitute the flour and chicken stock for a gluten-free/keto version if you follow those diets.

You can also create crispy turkey breast steaks by including breading. To create breaded steaks, use panko or regular bread crumbs. Be sure to dip the steaks in flour and beaten eggs first to make it easier for the breadcrumbs to stick to them. If you’re wondering how to cook turkey steak besides in a pan, consider cooking it in the oven, air fryer, grill, or crockpot.

Pair these yummy turkey steaks with one of these tasty side dishes; Roasted Tenderstem Broccoli, The Crispiest Halloumi Fries or Cauliflower Rice

How to make this easy turkey steak recipe

  1. Add the flour and seasoning to a bowl. Coat the turkey steaks in the mix (Image 1).
  2. To a large frying pan, and the rapeseed oil and increase the heat to high. Allow the pan to preheat. Once hot, add the turkey steaks into the pan, evenly distributed so they aren’t overlapping (Image 2).
2 step by step photos, the first with turkey steaks in a plastic container with flour added and the second with the turkey steak pieces added to a stainless steel pan.

3. Leave to sear over a high heat for 2 minutes, then rotate and cook for a further minute. Depending on the thickness of your turkey steaks, adapt the cook time (Image 3).

4. Set aside and deglaze the pan with the chicken stock (Image 4).

2 step by step photos, the first with turkey steaks browned in a stainless steel pan and the second with the pan deglazing with some stock.

5. Add the garlic at this stage and gently cook for a minute, reducing the heat to low. Add the turkey steaks back into the pan, along with the lemon juice (Image 5).

6. Baste the pan sauce over the steaks and turn off the heat. Top with fresh parsley, and a crack of black pepper (Image 6). 

2 step by step photos, the first with turkey steaks browned in a pan with some stock and the second with the turkey steak pwith some fresh herbs on top.

Need inspiration for different main meal recipes? Try my; Tuna Fishcakes, Fish Burrito Bowl and Ground Turkey Pasta

Turkey steaks in a sauce in a frying pan and fresh green herbs.

Tips for the best result

Sear over high heat with a short cook time
When making turkey steak recipes, it’s best to cook them on high (not medium heat) and for a short period. This helps keep the steaks moist and tender.

Season liberally
Turkey has a stronger flavour than chicken, so you can season it with bolder spices and not overwhelm the taste of the meat. Be sure to use enough seasoning so that each bit is flavourful.

Use a stainless steel pan for the best sear
Since stainless steel pans stay hot, they help create a more even sear on turkey steaks. This means your steaks will be golden-brown, juicy, and delicious every time after searing with rapeseed or olive oil.

Consider making these other delightful turkey dishes during the week; Ground Turkey (the best way!), Easy Roasted Turkey Legs and The Best Leftover Turkey Salad

Serving Suggestions

Turkey steak recipes work great with quite a few sides. A few of my favourites are pasta, rice, salad, soup, roasted veg, potato salad, and mashed potatoes. If you’re serving these steaks with mashed potatoes, I recommend creating a mushroom gravy, either homemade or from a gravy mix. This addition will create a dish similar to turkey salisbury steak.

For a more filling meal, try serving these easy and quick side dishes: Airfryer Frozen Fries, Airfryer Hash Browns and Easy Cheesy Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Leftover Storage and Reheat Instructions

If you have leftovers from turkey steak recipes like this one, you can store them in the fridge or freezer for later use. Allow the turkey steaks to fully cool, then pack them in an airtight container or baggie. Store the leftovers in the fridge for a maximum of three days or the freezer for up to six months.

You can either eat the leftover turkey cold. Or, heat it in the microwave until it’s warmed. If you’re enjoying it from frozen, defrost it in the fridge overnight first.

Turkey steaks in a sauce in a stainless steel frying pan and fresh green herbs with a half a used lemon on a white background.

FAQs

How do you know when turkey steaks are done?

Usually, you’ll use a meat thermometer to check for doneness with turkey recipes. However, turkey steak recipes like this one use very thin pieces of meat that don’t work well with a thermometer. Instead, you’ll need to cut one open to check. If there is no pink and the juices are clear, the turkey steaks are ready to eat.

Can you cook turkey meat from frozen?

I would not recommend cooking turkey meat while it’s frozen, as it will take much longer to cook. Instead, let it thaw overnight in the fridge before following the recipe noted below.

Why is my turkey still pink?

If you have thicker turkey steaks, they may take longer to cook in the pan. Be sure to cook them until there is no more pink when you cut into them.

Should I marinate my turkey steaks?

Since turkey steaks are quite thin, marinating them first is unnecessary. However, you can marinate them if you wish with options like beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, etc., as it will increase the flavour. Otherwise, a spice mix will suffice to create tasty turkey steaks for a delicious meal.

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Easy Turkey Steak Recipe

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5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
£1.42
mains
British
Freezable
Servings: 4
As one of the best turkey steak recipes, this stovetop main is easy, tender, quick, and juicy. It’s perfect for an easy yet flavourful weeknight meal.

Ingredients

  • 4 approx 17 oz (480g) turkey steaks (£4.40)
  • Handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped (£0.60)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (£0.39)
  • Juice of half a lemon (£0.30)

Cupboard Essentials

  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • Salt & pepper
  • 100 ml chicken stock

Method

  • Add the flour and seasoning to a bowl. Coat the turkey steaks in the mix.
  • To a large frying pan, and the rapeseed oil and increase the heat to high. Allow the pan to preheat. Once hot, add the turkey steaks into the pan, evenly distributed so they aren't overlapping.
  • Leave to sear over a high heat for 2 minutes, then rotate and cook for a further minute. Depending on the thickness of your turkey steaks, adapt the cook time.
  • Set aside and deglaze the pan with the chicken stock. Add the garlic at this stage and gently cook for a minute, reducing the heat to low.
  • Add the turkey steaks back into the pan, along with the lemon juice. Baste the pan sauce over the steaks and turn off the heat. Top with fresh parsley, and a crack of black pepper.

Notes

  • Sear turkey steaks over high heat for a short time to keep them moist and tender.
  • Season liberally with bold spices to enhance the stronger flavor of turkey.
  • Use a stainless steel pan with rapeseed or olive oil for an even, golden-brown sear.

Nutrition

Servings: 4 servings
Fat: 12g
Calories: 387kcal
Carbohydrates: 10g
Protein: 60g

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