These Thai Lettuce Wraps are healthy absolutely delicious blend of ground turkey, red peppers, red cabbage, ginger, garlic and hoisin or soy sauce. They are ready from start to eating in about 20 minutes!
I know I have mentioned more than once in the past couple of months my newfound love of Thai food. I can’t help wanting to find more and more recipes to try. The Thai Chicken Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce and Thai Shrimp Soup have been huge hits so I’m going to continue on finding more Thai yum to make us.
You may want to try these Lemon Herb Chicken Lettuce Wraps with citrus slaw too!
This Thai flavored filling to use in lettuce wraps will knock your socks off. It is bursting with amazing flavor. The red curry paste is responsible for most of that. But the ginger adds so much to this recipe.
That reminds me! I have to tell about a new product I found. Have you ever seen ginger paste? I found it in the fresh herbs section of the produce department. It’s ginger in a tube and it’s a big time saver to use instead of grating fresh ginger!
Drizzle a little hoisin or soy sauce on top if you desire even more flavor flare.It is such a light meal that you can make ahead and have your lettuce handy to fill up and devour for either lunch or dinner.
Oh oh oh, the meat mixture is fantastic served over rice or quinoa as another meal option too!
Ingredients for Thai Lettuce Wraps
1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil
1 lb lean ground turkey or ground chicken (for a vegetarian option use chopped mushrooms would be fabulous)
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons red curry paste
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 cup cabbage, chopped
1 tablespoon of fresh ginger, grated or 1 tablespoon of ginger paste
2 teaspoons of dried basil
4 green onions, chopped
Hoisin or soy sauce, optional
How to Make Lettuce Wraps
Heat olive oil in a large skillet.
Add ground meat and cook about 5 minutes on medium-high heat until it begins to brown.
Add red curry paste, garlic, diced peppers, cabbage and stir-fry for approximately 3-4 minutes.
Add ginger and basil.
Stir in green onions and toss.
Spoon into pieces of lettuce.
Why I Chose to Use Ground Turkey
Lean ground turkey keeps this recipe lower in saturated fat and calories. 99% lean has less than 1 gram of saturated and 120 calories per 4 oz serving. 93% lean ground turkey has 160 calories and 8 grams of fat per 4 oz serving.
Alternatives to Using Ground Turkey
You could also use ground chicken, ground beef or even ground pork in this recipe if you prefer. The nutritional value will be very similar with ground chicken but will increase in calories and fat if using ground beef or pork.
What Kind of Lettuce is Works Best for Lettuce Wraps
Long leaf romaine lettuce works great for lettuce wraps. But you can also use Butter lettuce and iceberg lettuce for other sturdy alternatives to use.
Thai Lettuce Wraps
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil
- 1 lb lean ground turkey or ground chicken for a vegetarian option use chopped mushrooms would be fabulous
- 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons red curry paste
- 1 medium red bell pepper diced
- 1 cup cabbage chopped
- 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger grated or 1 tablespoon of ginger paste
- 2 teaspoons of dried basil
- 4 green onions chopped
- Romaine lettuce
- Hoisin or soy sauce optional
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet.
- Add ground meat and cook about 5 minutes on medium-high heat until it begins to brown.
- Add red curry paste, garlic, diced peppers, cabbage and stir-fry for approximately 3-4 minutes.
- Add ginger and basil.
- Stir in green onions and toss.
- Spoon into pieces of lettuce.