I’ve had a huge craving for lettuce wraps lately. With the extra day off this weekend, it gave me some time to rest and cook.
Chinese-style lettuce wraps are really easy to make, with only a few key ingredients. The filling is usually made with ground beef, chicken or turkey. I had a pack of lean ground turkey that needed to be used, so I made turkey lettuce wraps.
In addition to protein, there’s usually some sort of vegetable contained in the mix, like frozen peas, carrots, etc. I used some finely chopped celery. Water chestnuts are also a common ingredient, which add a delightful crunch to the filling.
The key to the flavor of the filling is hoisin sauce. If you’re used to PF Chang’s lettuce wraps, their version actually doesn’t contain hoisin (at least I didn’t taste any the one time I had them), but most of the other ones I’ve had at Chinese restaurants do.
The filling only takes a few minutes to cook. Then you just serve it with some lettuce leaves. The most common one used is iceberg lettuce because of its large surface area, but I prefer using green leaf lettuce as I’m not much of a fan of iceberg lettuce.
Chinese Lettuce Wraps
- 1 lb lean ground turkey
- 1 small can water chestnuts drained and chestnuts cubed
- 2 stalks celery finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tsp minced ginger
- 2 green scallions finely chopped
- 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
- 2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 12-14 washed lettuce leaves green leaf, iceberg, romaine will all work
- Heat pan/pot on stove and add in oil and ground turkey. Cook until almost completely cooked. Add in remaining ingredients except scallions and lettuce and cook until everything is completely cooked through. Add scallions in at the end and stir for about on more minute before turning off stove. Serve with lettuce.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.