Recipe: Thai Lettuce Wraps with Turkey

Turkey Thai Lettuce Wraps

makes 6 lettuce wraps

First and foremost I have to to thank my friends over at Fearless Men for this recipe. You can find the original here: Thai Ground Turkey Wrap.

I’ve only had lettuce wraps a few times and they’ve primarily contained shiitake mushrooms, so when I saw this turkey lettuce wrap recipe I knew I had to give it a try. Let me tell you, these did not disappoint – which of course is why they’re making an appearance here!


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 large jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Asian fish sauce (don’t smell it…it’s terrible)
  • 3/4 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 3/4 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 large head Boston lettuce, rinsed and separated into leaves
  • 1 cup salted peanuts, chopped (for topping)

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In a medium bowl, mix the raw turkey, onions, and jalapeno.

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In a separate small bowl, mix the lime juice, fish sauce, brown sugar, and Sriracha.

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Add the vegetable oil to a large skillet and heat on high. Add the turkey and cook for 5 minutes, stirring and breaking up occasionally.

Remove from the heat and stir in lime juice mixture. Add the garlic, basil, mint, and cilantro. Return to medium-low heat and make sure the thai turkey mixture is warm before serving.

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Spoon Thai turkey mixture onto lettuce leaves. Top with crushed peanuts and additional Sriracha as desired (the sauce is a little hot, so be careful!).

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About the Author

By , on Nov 27, 2012
Andy Tenton
Andy is a 30-something New Yorker who turned his financial life around. He took charge of his finances, got out of debt, and is now working his way toward financial success. He is the publisher of

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  1. This looks so good. I think I’ll make these tonight!

  2. CF says:

    It’s all about the rooster hot sauce… we use it in everything ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. We make something similar. We call them Thai tacos but the original name was Beef Laab.

    • Andy says:

      I’ve never heard that name before. They were certainly good regardless… ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by and leaving your first comment on WSL!

  4. Hey those sound great Andy and similar to what we have made in the past with our relatives. What I want to know also is what the other item is on the plate? Spring Rolls? IF so I really want to learn to make those, did you make them? Mr.CBB

    • Andy says:

      Those are just pork egg rolls. We didn’t make them and instead took the difficult route by opening up a box and putting them in the microwave. lol. Sorry to disappoint!

  5. Looks awesome Andy. I really enjoy your cooking posts. I’ve just started getting into cooking after watching a bunch of “chopped” on the food network ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Andy says:

      I wish I was a chef and could whip up recipes on my own, but I enjoy trying new things and cooking. My wife and I make it a time to hang out as well, so it accomplishes a few different things for us.

  6. Wow you actually made it! Haha I feel so honored!! Man, that looks EXACTLY like what we made. Well done!!

    • Andy says:

      I told you I’d make them! ๐Ÿ™‚ They were excellent, so I’m glad I gave them a try. I’ve had some Thai wraps before so I had an idea of what they’d taste like but they even better than I though. In-fact, I believe we’ll be eating them again next week.

  7. Everything but cilantro looks great!

    • Andy says:

      Oh the cilantro is so good! It definitely adds some needed flavor but you could probably do without if you pack on the Sriracha.

  8. Man, I love me some lettuce wrap and spring rolls ~drools!~…..

    But srsly, going to get me some Thai food soon! We’ll see if my wife is up for makin these next week ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Andy says:

      They were very easy to make so hopefully she won’t have much objection. Other than chopping the onion and jalapeno, there isn’t much to these.

  9. Those look great! I’ve been trying to cut my spouse’s carb intake down a bit, those would certainly do the trick! Might have to add them to the menu sometime this week.

  10. AverageJoe says:

    I’m a big fan of lettuce wraps in general. These look awesome, Andy.

  11. Michelle says:

    This looks INCREDIBLE! Just bookmarked it and will be adding it to next week’s meal plan.

  12. These look awesome! I think we’re going to have to try these ourselves. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I love Thai food! These look delicious. I thought you guys were vegetarians.

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