Asian lettuce wraps

Asian lettuce wraps

Asian Lettuce Wraps are a quick 30-minute meal packed with lots of fresh veggies, lean ground turkey, and a simple 4 ingredient sauce. A dinner you can feel good about feeding your family.

Post updated on 1/10/2024

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What you’ll love about Asian lettuce wraps:

  • A fresh and healthy meal with lots of savory Asian flavor.
  • Easy to make in 30-minutes or less.
  • One-pan meal so less dishes to wash.
  • A family favorite.

Lettuce wraps have become quite popular over the last few years. My first ever lettuce wrap was at a P.F Chang’s restaurant. They were super tasty but sadly we don’t have a restaurant close enough for me to justify the drive very often. I knew I could create a version at home that we could enjoy whenever we got a craving, plus, healthier and lots of fresh veggie flavor.

These Asian Lettuce Wraps are one of our favorite go-to recipes during the weekday. They are super fast and easy to make, lots of great flavor and textures, and the leftovers are just as good so it’s the perfect light lunch the next day.

Ingredients:

  • Lean ground turkey I use 93% lean, 7% fat
  • Toasted sesame oil
  • Shredded carrots
  • Button mushrooms
  • Water chestnuts
  • Bell pepper
  • Green onions
  • Garlic clove
  • Butter lettuce or Iceberg

Sauce:

  • Hoisin sauce
  • Low sodium soy sauce
  • Seasoned rice vinegar
  • Siracha or other Asian chili sauce
  • Toasted sesame seeds

Meat:

I like to use ground meat for my lettuce wraps because it cuts down on any meat preparation I have to do. If you don’t like turkey you could swap it for ground beef, chicken, or pork. If you have the time and want to have chunks of meat, chicken cut in small pieces will also work great.

Veggies:

This is a great recipe to add in other veggies that you might enjoy like broccoli, zucchini, and shredded cabbage. You could even make this meatless and just add in more of what you love. It’s a super easy meal to substitute and make it your own.

Sauce:

This is not a super saucy meat and veggie filling but you can definitely double the recipe depending on your taste. If I’m adding more veggies in addition to the recipe ingredients I usually make more sauce.



Step by step Instructions:

Step 1. In a small bowl combine hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and siracha and set aside.

Step 2. In a large (preferably non-stick) skillet heat the sesame oil over medium heat and add ground turkey. Cook and crumble until no longer pink.

Step 3. Add carrots, mushrooms, chestnuts, bell pepper, garlic, and half of the green onion. Cook stirring often until veggies and mushrooms are tender, but not mushy.

Step 4. Add sauce over the meat and veggies and stir to combine. Cook another few minutes until sauce is thickened and heated through. Serve on prepared lettuce leaves and sprinkle with a few green onions and toasted sesame seeds.

Tips:

  • Prep your ingredients before you start cooking– Have all the ingredients set out and ready to go before you start the cooking process. This meal comes together fast so you’ll appreciate not having to stop and find something mid-way through.
  • Make something new with the leftovers– If I want something a little more substantial than lettuce wraps the next day, I’ll put the filling over rice, or add it to a whole wheat tortilla with fresh lettuce and green onion for a healthy lunch wrap.
  • Buy prepared veggies to cut down on the prep- There are so many prepared veggies that are shredded and cut for you in the grocery stores that it makes it super convenient when you really don’t want to spend a lot of time prepping. While fresh is better this is a nice option for busy or lazy nights. Sometimes you just need a little help.


Let’s eat!🤍

Asian Lettuce Wraps

Asian Lettuce Wraps are a quick 30-minute meal packed with lots of fresh veggies, lean ground turkey, and a simple 4 ingredient sauce. A dinner you can feel good about feeding your family.
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 280kcal
Author: The Menu Maid

Ingredients

Meat and veggies

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey I use 93% lean, 7% fat
  • 1 1/2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 6 oz button mushrooms chopped super fine
  • 1 8 oz can diced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced in thin strips
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 head of butter lettuce or iceberg
  • 3 green onions sliced thin
  • toasted sesame seeds for sprinkling on top

Sauce

  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp siracha

Instructions

Have all ingredients prepared and ready to go before you begin the cooking process. This cooks up quickly.

  • In a small bowl combine hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and siracha. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet heat the sesame oil over medium heat and add ground turkey. Cook and crumble until no longer pink.
  • Add carrots, mushrooms, chestnuts, bell pepper, garlic, and half of the green onion. Cook stirring often until veggies and mushrooms are tender, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Pour sauce over the meat and veggies and cook another 2-3 minutes until sauce thickens. Serve in whole lettuce leaves and top with fresh green onion and sesame seeds.

Notes

Tips:
Additional ways to serve lettuce wraps-
We love to have extra toppings like siracha, soy sauce, and hot mustard on hand to add to our individual lettuce wraps.  
Great recipe for company-
Invite a few friends over for a fun lettuce wrap experience. Make sure to have lots of extra toppings set out so everyone can create their own best lettuce wrap.  
Other meat that works great in lettuce wraps- 
If you don’t like turkey you could swap it out for ground beef, chicken, or pork. Small cooked chicken pieces would also be great in these lettuce wraps. 
Veggies-
Add in other veggies that you might enjoy like broccoli, zucchini, and shredded cabbage. You could even make this meatless and just add in more of what you love. It’s a super easy meal to substitute and make it your own.
Sauce- 
This is not a super saucy meat and veggie filling but you can definitely double the recipe depending on your taste. If I’m adding more veggies in addition to the recipe ingredients I usually make more sauce.
 
Nutritional facts include 4 lettuce cups with 1/4 cup filling.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be understood as an estimate rather than a guarantee. The Menu Maid makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

Nutrition

Calories: 280kcal

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