Quick Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

July 4, 2017

This recipe came together spur of the moment yet has a lot going for it.  It's delicious, which is always a bonus; quick- as long as you've got meat thawed dinner is ready in about 20 minutes, and it makes great leftovers!!  You could saute peppers or bok choy to increase the veggie content, but my family prefers things simple.  



There are many ways to make an Asian lettuce wrap-type meal. There are recipes that call for oils, seasonings, or spices that you may only use once.  I've done complicated versions (such as Larb, from Vietnam), where you toast and grind rice, adding  a nutty flavor and texture to the meat. 



But.... it was our intent to keep things simple and to use ingredients that most well-stocked home pantries already contain Even if you have to buy one or two of the ingredients, they can always be used in other family friendly Asian dishes.



This recipe is an Americanized version of Larb- providing authentic Asian flavors without a complicated process or ingredients.  


Quick Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps


  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced

  • 1 lb ground turkey

  • 1 T olive oil

  • 1 tsp sesame oil

  • 1 T fish sauce

  • 2 tsp rice vinegar

  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

  • 2 tsp Sambal oleek


  • Lettuce leaves

  • Handful cilantro leaves

  • Thinly sliced green onion

  • Sliced cucumber

  • Sliced mini bell peppers


  1. Heat oil in a saute pan over medium heat.  Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to soften and turn translucent.  Add garlic and ground turkey, breaking up turkey with a wooden spoon, until meat is cooked through. Remove from heat. 

  2. In a small bowl whisk together remaining ingredients.  Stir into cooked turkey mixture and garnish with cilantro and green onion.  Serve on lettuce leaves with cucumber and sliced peppers.    

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