Spicy Turkey Lettuce Wraps with Pickled Cucumber Salad

Everyone loves a good lettuce wrap, and this Turkey Lettuce Wraps is tasty and healthy. Ground turkey is sautéed with onions, garlic, serrano chili, and just a tiny drizzle of tamari.

This mix creates a deep savory notes. Bibb lettuce makes a perfect base for the stir-fried chicken. Finish off with fresh mint leaves, crunchy garlic, pickled cucumbers, and a squeeze of lime juice and you have a flavorful dish.

Asian Lettuce Wraps! Who doesn’t love the fresh and tasty handheld wraps from Asian restaurants? This homemade version tastes like PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps (and Pei Wei’s), and they are so easy to make. They can be ready in 20 minutes!

How to make an amazing spicy turkey wrap

Pickling your cucumbers

Halve cucumber you can peel it if you want to but that’s a little extra work so I skipped it. Take you cucumber and thinly slice crosswise into half-moons. Take your mint leave and pick and coarsely chop, discarding stems. In a medium bowl, toss together your cucumbers, with half of the chopped mint. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar and a pinch each of salt and sugar. Let marinate until you are ready to serve.

Prepping your ingredients

Finely chop 1 teaspoon garlic. Next rinse and gently pat dry 6 large lettuce leaves; wrap in a damp towel until step 6 to get rid of the moisture. Finely chop half of a onion. And finish it off by chopping 1 teaspoon of the serrano pepper.

Prepping your sauce

In a small bowl, whisk together tamari, ¼ cup water, 2 teaspoons vinegar, and ¼ teaspoon sugar. Reserve for later on.

Sauté turkey

Take one 1 tablespoon oil and medium skillet over medium-high. Add chopped onions, chopped garlic, and serrano pepper; cook, stirring, until fragrant and onions are slightly softened, about 1 minute. Add turkey to skillet; cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up turkey into smaller pieces, until browned and cooked through, about 3 minutes.

Finish turkey

Add reserved tamari mixture to skillet, stirring to coat turkey. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Season to taste with salt.

Assemble your Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Cut lime into wedges. Put lettuce cups on plates. Fill with turkey, then top with remaining chopped mint. Serve turkey lettuce cups with pickled cucumbers alongside, and lime wedges, for squeezing over top.

My Go-To Healthy Lettuce Wraps Recipe

There’s just something so satisfying about finger food, as in no forks or chopsticks required. Turkey Lettuce Wraps allows you to just pick it up and dive in! None of that chopping it up and eating it slowly, just shove it in your face because you are hungry, right?

Spicy Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce wraps

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This dish summons all the very best best that Thai takeout has to offer. Ground turkey is sautéed with onions, garlic, serrano chili, and a drizzle of tamari, to create deep savory notes.

Ingredients

  • 1 lime
  • 10 oz pkg ground turkey
  • ½ oz tamari
  • 1 serrano chile
  • 1 medium yellow onion use half
  • 1 head bibb lettuce
  • garlic use 1 large clove
  • ¼ oz fresh mint
  • 1 cucumber
  • kosher salt & ground pepper
  • neutral oil
  • sugar
  • white wine vinegar or redwine vinegar

Instructions

  1. Pickle cucumbers: Halve cucumber (peel, if desired), then thinly slice crosswise into half-moons. Pick and coarsely chop mint leaves, discarding stems. In a medium bowl, toss to combine cucumbers, half of the chopped mint, 1 tablespoon vinegar and a pinch each of salt and sugar. Let marinate until ready to serve.
  2. Prep ingredients: Finely chop 1 teaspoon garlic. Rinse and gently pat dry 6 lettuce leaves; wrap in a damp towel until step 6. Finely chop half of the onion (save rest for own use). Finely chop 1 teaspoon of the serrano pepper (save rest).
  3. Prep sauce: In a small bowl, whisk to combine tamari, ¼ cup water, 2 teaspoons vinegar, and ¼ teaspoon sugar. Reserve for step 5.
  4. Sauté turkey: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. Add chopped onions, chopped garlic, and serrano pepper; cook, stirring, until fragrant and onions are slightly softened, about 1 minute. Add turkey to skillet; cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up turkey into smaller pieces, until browned and cooked through, about 3 minutes.
  5. Finish turkey: Add reserved tamari mixture to skillet, stirring to coat turkey. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Season to taste with salt.
  6. Assemble & serve: Cut lime into wedges. Put lettuce cups on plates. Fill with turkey, then top with remaining chopped mint. Serve turkey lettuce cups with pickled cucumbers alongside, and lime wedges, for squeezing over top.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 581Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 150mgSodium: 825mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 4gSugar: 9gProtein: 40g

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