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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 is 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.

(Makes 4 Servings)

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Lettuce Wraps Recipe

  • Author: Bobby


  • 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 ounces) can water chestnuts (drained and chopped)
  • 1 bunch green onions (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil




  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.
  2. Cook until beef is fully cooked. Drain, remove from pan and allow the beef to cool.
  3.  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.
  4. Continue cooking for about 2 minutes. Add sauce mixture to ground beef and mix well in a bowl.
    Pile the meat mixture into the center of each lettuce leaf. Wrap the lettuce around the meat like a burrito.

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Recipe rating


Tuesday 3rd of January 2012

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!


Tuesday 25th of January 2011

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?!!


Friday 9th of April 2010

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!


Wednesday 31st of March 2010

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 ;)

Shawn Katz

Thursday 21st of January 2010

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.