Low fat, low carb, but full of flavor, these Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps pack a powerful flavor punch. Seasoned with ginger, garlic, sesame, and chili, mild-mannered turkey goes bold. Ready in about 10 minutes, but perfect for making ahead of time, we like these lettuce wraps for lunch or a quick weeknight dinner. They also make a beautiful appetizer for your next cocktail party or pot-luck.

Topped with cilantro and paired with a tangy sweet dipping sauce, these Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps are addictive and easy to prepare.

Easy preparation

To watch a video showing the preparation of this recipe, click here for my Instagram post.

Ingredients prepared for Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps.
  • Sauté garlic, ginger, peppers, and chili flakes.
  • Add peppers and turkey.
  • After turkey is browned, add Tamari and Rice Wine Vinegar.
  • A squeeze of lime and a sprinkling of fresh cilantro and they are ready to eat!

Variations and Substitutions

*This recipe is also delicious over a bed of thinly sliced Napa cabbage, Romaine or tossed with rice vermicelli noodles. Use the dipping sauce as a dressing for your salad or noodles. So delicious!

*If you don’t have fresh ginger or garlic on hand, you can substitute 1/2 teaspoon of ginger and 1 teaspoon minced garlic. While I prefer the flavor and texture you get from fresh grated ginger and garlic, sometimes time is of the essence and dried spices save the day!

*You can also use ground pork, beef, or cubed tofu in place of the turkey in this recipe.

Bowl of Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps served as salad.
As a wrap or as a salad, thisAsian Turkey Lettuce Wrap recipe tastes delicious!
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Tips and Tricks

I LOVE my garlic press and ginger grater and use the both often. The garlic press saves my fingers from smelling of garlic all the time (no offense, garlic, I love you but don’t always want to smell you!) and the ginger grater doubles as a fine parmesan grater or cute spoon rest. Both have become frequent fliers in my kitchen and I highly recommend them.

Lettuce wraps and rice noodles with dipping sauce on plate.
Here the lettuce wraps are paired with sesame rice noodles for a balanced meal.

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two Asian turkey lettuce wraps on a plate with dipping sauce

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps


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  • Author: Colleen
  • Total Time: 15 minutes

Description

Low fat, low carb, but full of flavor, these Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps pack a powerful flavor punch. Seasoned with ginger, garlic, sesame, and chili, mild-mannered turkey goes bold. Ready in about 10 minutes, but perfect for making ahead of time, we like these lettuce wraps for lunch or a quick weeknight dinner. They also make a beautiful appetizer for your next cocktail party or pot-luck.


Ingredients

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1 pound ground turkey

2 cloves garlic, minced

1” grated ginger (about 1 Tablespoon)

1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes

1 Tablespoon sesame oil

1 Tablespoon avocado or canola oil

3 Tablespoons tamari (wheat-free soy sauce) *Soy sauce can be substituted.

3 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar

1/2 red pepper finely chopped

1 bunch of cilantro

8 leaves of Bibb or Boston lettuce

For Dipping Sauce:

2 Tablespoons Tamari

3 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar

1 Tablespoon sesame oil

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 Tablespoon honey


Instructions

For turkey filling:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, sauté garlic, ginger, chili flakes for 1 minute.
  2. Add turkey and peppers and cook until browned. Crumble the turkey as it cooks.
  3. Add tamari, rice wine vinegar, and cilantro.
  4. Serve in Bibb lettuce leaves/Boston lettuce leaves
  5. Garnish with cilantro and lime if desired.

For Dipping Sauce:

Whisk all ingredients together, adding the honey last. It can be used as a dressing for a salad version, too! Alternatively, you can use your favorite Asian dipping sauce, like bulgogi or peanut.

Notes

*This is also delicious over a bed of thinly sliced Napa cabbage or tossed with rice vermicelli noodles. Use the dipping sauce as a dressing for your salad or noodles. So delicious!

 

*If you don’t have fresh ginger or garlic on hand, you can substitute 1/2 teaspoon of ginger and 1 teaspoon minced garlic.

*This recipe could be adapted for pork or tofu by using them in place of the turkey.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
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2 Comments

  1. Sara Renner Reply

    Love these flavors! Definitely doable weeknight meal. Delicious, healthy and will make again.






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