Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Here is something different to add to my collection of Chinese recipes- lettuce wraps. I always hear people raving about P.F. Chang’s lettuce wraps and I figured I would try my own version. The result was a delicious appetizer that I couldn’t stop eating.  Some might be wondering, what are lettuce wraps? Lettuce wraps are lettuce leaves filled with a meat mixture that are folded and eaten like a burrito. The lettuce gives a nice crunch and the filling is just delicious with all the Asian flavors. The filling gets its flavor from ingredients such as soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, and hoisin sauce. I used butter lettuce but you could use other types of lettuce as well. There is a little prep work required but this dish only takes about 30 minutes to prepare. Enjoy.

16 butter lettuce leaves (rinsed and pat dried)
1lb ground beef
1 tablespoon oil (for frying)
1 large onion (chopped)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
¼ cup hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
Asian chili pepper sauce (optional, to taste)
1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts (drained and chopped)
1 bunch green onions (chopped)
2 tablespoons dark sesame oil

Cooking Instructions:

Step 1: Heat a medium skillet to high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil. Add ground beef. Break beef up into very small pieces with a metal spatula and reduce heat to medium. Cook until beef is fully cooked. Drain, remove from pan and allow beef to cool.
Step 2: In the same pan add onions and stir fry for 1 minute. Add garlic, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, vinegar and chili pepper sauce to the onions. Stir to mix well. Stir in water chestnuts, green onions and sesame oil.  Continue cooking for about 2 minutes. Add sauce mixture to ground beef and mix well in a bowl.
Step 3: Pile the meat mixture into the center of each lettuce leaf. Wrap the lettuce around the meat like a burrito.
(Makes 4 Servings)


9 Responses to “Lettuce Wraps Recipe”

  1. Ms. Darnell Burrows — August 24, 2009 @ 11:29 am

    Totally love ALL of your Chinese recipes and more! I will be making these for gatherings and a few just for ME. I must say that your photos are quite beautiful and brings us closer to the meal itself. Thank you for step-by-step illustration. Hopefully you’ll compose all of these a book ( or by subject, like Chinese, etc.) so that we could have our very own. Trust me, it’ll be worth paying for. Blessings to you!

  2. Annette Kessler — August 31, 2009 @ 10:52 am

    I loved this recipe! Great for when you don’t know what else to do with ground beef, and at this point, I’m sick of hamburgers! I also tried wrapping them in a tortilla, too, and they were really good! Thank God for this site– I’ve been able to come up with lots of variety for dinner without stressing too much! Thanks so much!

  3. Amy J — September 7, 2009 @ 7:39 am

    Found your site searching lettuce wraps. Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Alyssa — January 1, 2010 @ 6:47 pm

    I just had PF Chang’s lettuce wraps last night and, although an avid guest on your site, have never seen this recipe posted here before. I’m really excited to try these out this week!

    Would ground chicken work well in place of ground beef? I’ve never used ground chicken before and am a little nervous to try it 🙂

  5. Shawn Katz — January 21, 2010 @ 4:26 pm

    I had these for dinner tonight. I enjoy Asian food but was not particularly impressed with this recipe. I followed it exactly as written. Sorry, Bobby.

  6. t-pot — March 31, 2010 @ 6:46 pm

    I made this recipe using ground chicken instead of beef. I thought it was really good and comparable to PF Chang’s. Now we just need your recipe for the sauce they serve with the wraps 😉

  7. Angela — April 9, 2010 @ 10:57 pm

    We just finished these and really enjoyed it! Didn’t have any chili pepper sauce so I threw in a little cayenne pepper and it gave it some kick. Will be making these again. Love all your Asian recipes!

  8. Antonio — January 25, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

    Best website I came across; great recipes and photos that make my mouth water. I never had a lettuce wrap, but this by far was the best lettuce wrap I ever had!!!! Simple recipe with abundance of flavor. I was full after 3 wraps. Did I mention best website ever?!!

  9. Denise — January 3, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

    I added chopped mushrooms and chopped bok choy to the veggie mix to extend the mix, and provide more veggies….yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

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