Lettuce Wraps

I love lettuce wraps and have tried several recipes in my day (read: PF Chang Knockoff recipes). They were good, but very involved and time-consuming to make.

I saw this recipe on Our Best Bites and wanted to try it for simplicity’s sake. They were fantastic!

I made a few changes to make them less salty and a bit more to my family’s liking (as in, omitting the cabbage), and overall they were a huge hit.

The great thing about a recipe like this is you can alter it to your taste – more crunch? Add in another can of water chestnuts. More zing? Zest another lemon. Great concept, and talk about a light and delicious meal!

What To ServeAn Asian-inspired side salad like Asian Noodle Salad or this Asian Salad
Baked Southwest Egg Rolls with Creamy Chipotle Dipping Sauce
Fresh fruit

Asian Lettuce Wraps

Yield: Makes 6-8 servings

Asian Lettuce Wraps


    Lettuce Wrap Filling:
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey (or chicken)
  • 1 cup minced mushrooms (I used white button mushrooms)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 8 oz. can water chestnuts, minced
  • 1/2 cup minced green onions
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 lemon, zested and then juiced.
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • Lettuce Wrap Dipping Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/8 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot add minced garlic and ginger. Saute for a minute just until fragrant and then add in the ground chicken, minced mushrooms, and salt. Cook until turkey or chicken is cooked through.
  2. Add in the water chestnuts and green onions. Cook for a few minutes until cabbage starts to wilt. Add in the soy sauce, sesame oil, juice and zest from the lemon, and hot sauce. When everything is cooked through, remove from heat and stir in the cilantro.
  3. To serve, carefully separate the whole leaves from the lettuce. Wash the lettuce leaves and wrap them in paper towels and put them in the refrigerator so they are cold and crisp when serving. Spoon chicken filling onto the lettuce leaf and then roll it up and serve with dipping sauce below- or any other favorite Asian dipping sauce.
  4. For the sauce, combine all ingredients and serve with lettuce wraps.

Recipe Source: adapted from Our Best Bites

40 Responses to Asian Lettuce Wraps

  1. Jen says:

    Mel, these were delicious! I can’t believe I made this! Thanks for inspiring me to do something out of my norm.

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  3. Maureen says:

    Would love a good recipe for szechuan sauce as my son thinks that’s what brings these over the top! Any ideas? Thanks Melanie

  4. Lisa says:

    What cabbage?

  5. Tiffany says:

    I LOVE your website, the photos are so amazing and the recipes are delicious! At least, the few I’ve tried so far. And I’ve been so impressed I’m planning on trying many, many more! I’m wondering how essential the sesame seed oil is for this recipe. I found it at my grocery store but it was really expensive! Any suggestions for a more budget friendly substitute?

    • Mel says:

      Tiffany – that’s too bad the sesame oil is so expensive. I’m kind of surprised the price is so high – have you checked other grocery stores? I can usually find a small bottle for about $1.50 or so. Anyway, don’t break the bank for this – just leave it out – although if you can find it cheaper, definitely use it. It adds a delicious nutty, deep flavor.

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  7. Melanie says:

    Anonymous – I believe the original recipe calls for 4 cups minced cabbage.

  8. Alexandra says:

    The dipping sauce was amazing! Definitely a keeper for dumplings as well as lettuce wraps.

    The lettuce wraps were very good as well. I used chicken instead of turkey, spring onions instead of scallions and parsley instead of cilantro. Also used a little less chicken (1 pound). Yum yum.

  9. Melanie says:

    Celia Marie (W.) B. – I’ve tried recipes that use finely chopped chicken, too, but loved this recipe for the ease of using ground chicken or turkey. You may lose some authenticity to the restaurant style lettuce wraps but it’s great for speed!

  10. Melanie says:

    Lady Amalthea – glad you liked this! That’s high praise if it reminded you of authentic Chinese cuisine.

  11. Queen B. says:

    OOOOOOOO, CAN’T WAIT TO TRY THAT TOO ! My recipe folder is brimming over with My Kitchen Cafe recipes !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Melanie says:

    Jade – thanks for checking in – glad you liked the recipe!

  13. Kara@ Creations by Kara says:

    Thanks for this recipe! I too have found others that were way to complicated. This one looks just perfect!

  14. Satisfying my Sweet Tooth says:

    This is one of my favorite things! I’ll have to try this recipe!

  15. Leslie says:

    mmm.these look like a perfect summer time meal.

  16. Chelsea and Cody says:

    These look so yummy! You should ask amanda for her P.F. chang’s lettuce wrap recipe…it is as close as you can get! I love it when she makes them!

  17. Joie de vivre says:

    Oooh yummy! That looks easy even!

  18. Kate @ Our Best Bites says:

    Glad you liked them! They look delish! I actually omitted the cabbage as well and tweaked the sauce a bit–I added some spicy Chinese mustard and more hot sauce. Um, yeah, talking about this makes me want them all over again! 🙂

  19. Sophie says:

    MMMMMMMMMM….simple yet so delicious!!!!

  20. Lady Amalthea says:

    This really reminded me of my partner’s (Chinese) grandfather’s home cooking. Delicious!

  21. Melanie says:

    Melissa – thanks for your comment! I’m glad you’ve found recipes that you have liked. Thanks for letting me know.

  22. Melanie says:

    Hey Tami – fun to see your comment. I’m glad you liked these. Thanks for checking back in to let me know.

  23. Tami says:

    I made these and the family devoured them. So good. My supermarket had a choice of ground chicken thighs or breast and I chose the thigh because it was so much cheaper and they turned out delicious. No one liked the dipping sauce and they really didn’t need it so next time, I’ll serve them without it. Definitely a “make often” recipe.

  24. Melanie says:

    Alexandra – thanks for posting your changes to the recipe. I’m glad you liked it…and the dipping sauce!

  25. Brig says:

    This sounds so much simpler than the more complicated recipes. I love lettuce wraps. I enjoy your blog!!

  26. D says:

    Love Lettuce wraps! I bet I can get my husband to eat mushrooms this way! 🙂

  27. Julie says:

    Sounds delish…I love lettuce wraps!

  28. grace says:

    i’ve eyed these several times when i’m at a restaurant where they’re on the menu, but i’ve never tried them. something about wrapping something in lettuce keeps turning me away! i have issues. 🙂

  29. Celia Marie (W.) B. says:

    I’ve made these a couple times and found that I prefer very finely dicing chicken instead of using ground chicken or turkey. It helps with flavor and texture in my opinion.

  30. Celia Marie (W.) B. says:

    I’ve made these a couple times and found that I prefer very finely dicing chicken instead of using ground chicken or turkey. It helps with flavor and texture in my opinion.

  31. Melanie says:

    Shari – that’s always a bummer when you have to share food! Thanks for letting me know you liked the recipe.

  32. Maria says:

    I love lettuce wraps! I just love the crunch:)

  33. Anonymous says:

    I came across your blgo abit ago and LOVE it. You are teaching me how to cook! Thank you so much, every one of your meals that I have tried have been delicious! Melissa

  34. Rumela says:

    Thanks for the Asian Lettuce Wraps recipe. Last summer I ate them at a lunch party and has been looking for an authentic recipe ever since. Now I will be able to make them myself. Thanks again.

  35. Anonymous says:

    I know you said you left out the cabbage but I’d like to try it with the cabbage. How much?

  36. Jade says:

    Thank you for this recipe.Very tasty yummm!!!

  37. Lynda says:

    I have not tried lettuce wraps yet. These look really good!

  38. Shari says:

    Delicious! Unfortunately my children loved them too and I had to share!

  39. Organic says:

    I really like the way you prepare it, it looks very lovely!

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