These Asian Lettuce Wraps are healthy, delicious and on the table in 20!
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These Ground Turkey Asian Lettuce Wraps are the most used recipe in my house right now. We are OBSSESSED with them! They have the perfect amount of sweetness, saltiness and crunchiness. Loaded with veggies, wrapped in lettuce and on the table in 20 minutes, they are a healthy and delicious weeknight meal the whole family will love!
My husband and I used to order lettuce wraps when we went out for Chinese. Oh yeah, they were good, loaded with one of the yummiest sauces on this plant: Hoi Sin. This is where the idea of the lettuce wrap truly came to be one of my favourites.
I really dislike tortilla wraps for dishes like this because they soak up so much of the flavour and always leave me feeling bloated and disgusting. Lettuce wraps hold in that delicious filling, add a yummy crunch and don’t take up too much real estate inside my belly! Which of course means I can eat MORE of these epic Ground Turkey Asian Lettuce Wraps.. Score!
What is in ground turkey asian lettuce wraps
You can add all sorts of ingredients to your asian lettuce wraps. My recipe has sesame oil, onion, garlic, ginger, celery, carrot, ground turkey, water chestnuts, hoi sin, soya sauce and butter or head lettuce for the wraps.
How to make asian lettuce wraps
I like to start by prepping the veggies. Dice up the onion finely and mince the garlic and ginger, keeping every ingredient separate. Finely dice the celery and carrots, chop the water chestnuts.
Heat a skillet on medium heat with some sesame oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion and fry until translucent. Add the ginger and garlic and cook until fragrant, about a minute. Add the celery and carrot and mix to combine, then add the ground turkey.
Increase the heat to medium high and cook until the turkey is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
While the turkey is cooking, prep the lettuce wraps. If you use butter lettuce, simply wash however many leaves you like, or if you use head lettuce, read the instructions below.
Combine the hoi sin and soya sauce then add to the pan. Mix in the water chestnuts and stir well. Cook for another minute or two until the sauce is fully heated.
I like to place the filling in the centre of the table with a spoon alongside the lettuce wraps so that people can make their own wraps.
How to get wraps from head lettuce
Head lettuce wraps can be super frustrating if you don’t know the secret!
Start by cutting out the core from the lettuce. You can also smash the lettuce, core side down, a couple of times. This will loosen the core enough where you can simply pull it out. I like the knife method, but to eat their own!
Once the core has been removed, submerge the whole head under water. At the leaves fill with water, they will begin to separate from each other. The outer edges will slip off with little help.
Pat each leaf dry as they come loose from the head. Keep going, gently prying the outer edges away and patting dry, until the head has produced enough lettuce wraps.
What goes with asian lettuce wraps
These Ground Turkey Asian Lettuce Wraps are a perfect meal all on their own, however, sometimes I will add side dishes especially if I am having guests over. Here is a list of my favourite additions:
- Vegetable Spring Rolls
- Sweet and Salty Vegetable Stir Fry
- Fried Rice
- Chow Mein
- Asian Crunchy Noodle Salad
- Broccoli Gomae
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Ground Turkey Asian Lettuce Wraps
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 small white or yellow onion
- 1.5 tbsp fresh ginger
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 medium carrot
- 2 stalks celery
- 1.25 pounds ground turkey
- 1 can water chestnuts
- 1/2 cup hoi sin
- 1/4 cup soya sauce
- 2 heads butter or head lettuce
- Cutting Board and Knife
- Keeping each ingredient separate, finely dice the onion, carrot and celery. Mince the garlic and ginger. Chop the water chestnuts.
- Heat a skillet on medium heat and add the sesame oil. Once hot, add the onion and fry until translucent. Add the ginger and garlic and cook until fragrant, about a minute. Stir in the celery and carrot, then the ground turkey. Cook until the turkey is fully cooked, about 10 minutes.
- While the turkey is cooking prep the lettuce wraps. Read post above for some tips on how to separate the leaves easier!
- Combine the hoi sin and soya sauce and mix into the turkey. Add the chopped water chestnuts and stir well. Cook for a minute or two, until the sauce has fully heated.
- Serve hot in lettuce wraps, about 1/2 cup filling per wrap.