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Asian Lettuce Wraps


On the theme of Asian food:  After making the Asian Onion Soup we had these delightful Asian Lettuce wraps and a side of garlic steamed rice.  This is another recipe that I discovered on  It was easy to eat.  I also made a dipping sauce that reviewers said worked nicely.  It added extra spice for the adults (and my 6 year old son who likes spicy foods)– don’t worry it is not overpowering.  Another change I made was that I added grated carrot to the meat mixture.  It added extra color and flavor to the dish. You could easily substitute pork or ground turkey for the ground beef.

You might be scratching your head at some of the ingredients wondering where to get them.  The answer lies with Target! 🙂  They have Asian ingredients like Sesame oil, pickled ginger etc.

Asian Lettuce Wraps – adapted from
Serves 6-8
  • 16 Boston, Bibb, or Romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 teaspoons minced pickled ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • Asian chile pepper sauce (optional) ( I used Chili Garlic Sauce)
  • 1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Asian (dark) sesame oil
To prepare the meat mixture: Begin with browning the ground beef and onions in oil in a large pot over high heat. When the meat has cooked, drain the fat.  Add remaining ingredients and cook for about 5 minutes longer.  While the meat is cooking prepare the sauce (extra on side if desired)
Extra Sauce:
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar,
  • 1 Tbsp chile garlic sauce
  • Green onions, thinly sliced (green part only)
To serve: Place large lettuce leaves on your plate and spoon some of the meat filling into the lettuce leaves.  Wrap and enjoy.
Notes:  This is a quick and easy dish that is ready in minutes once you have your ingredients assembled.
For the garlic rice: bring 2 cups of chicken broth to a boil.  Add garlic flakes to the broth.  Add 1 cup Jasmine rice.  Cover and reduce heat to low.  Cook for 15 minutes.  Turn heat off and leave covered another 15 minutes.  Serve with Asian Lettuce Wraps.

Author: goodcookbecky

I am a home school mom of three wonderful kids. I have been married for over 20 years and am still in love. I love to cook, as a young child I enjoyed spending time with my mom in the kitchen and that love has grown into a passion. I started this blog to share my favorite recipes with friends and family and have enjoyed seeing it grow beyond those boundaries.

6 thoughts on “Asian Lettuce Wraps

  1. Looks good! I’ve been meaning to make lettuce wraps for awhile.

  2. These are fabulous! I used fresh ginger instead of pickled and ground pork instead of beef. It tastes awesome!!

  3. That is looking good. I will try this at home. Thanks for the share!

  4. These are fabulous! I used fresh ginger instead of pickled and ground pork instead of beef. The last time we had them we only had iceberg lettuce so it ended up being “lettuce cups” but still tasted great! We make this over and over!

  5. These are super! They reheat well too. My husband made them with ground chicken instead of beef – great option! Less fat and so very good.

  6. I used fresh ginger instead of pickled and ground pork instead of beef. It tastes awesome!!

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