Recipe: Asian Lettuce Wraps with Ground Turkey (or Pork), Mint & Cilantro

Fresh cilantro (aka coriander in the UK) and mint, are essential for this really easy, fresh-tasting Asian inspired dish.

The quantities here will serve four as an appetizer so you could double it up if you want to make it your main dish.

Thai-Spiced Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Thai-Spiced Turkey Lettuce Wraps


(serves 4)


10 oz (285g) of ground turkey or pork

A bunch each of fresh cilantro (coriander leaf) and mint

4 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice

2 green spring (salad) onions, shredded thinly

2 tablespoons of fresh breadcrumbs

1-2 tablespoons of nam-pla (Thai fish sauce) or more, to taste

1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, to taste

Sea salt

1 head of soft lettuce, leaves washed and separated


Chop enough of the mint and coriander/cilantro to make two heaped tablespoons of each and set the rest aside.

Put the ground turkey (or pork) in a pan with 2 tablespoons of the lime juice and enough lightly-salted cold water to cover. Breaking the meat up with a fork, bring it to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Take off the heat and tip everything into a mesh strainer and drain thoroughly.

Once the meat is drained, put it in a bowl and add the chopped mint and cilantro, shredded green onions, breadcrumbs, nam-pla, the remaining lime juice and cayenne pepper  to taste.

Serve on a platter with the lettuce leaves and remaining mint and cilantro for everyone to make their own wraps, adding extra mint and cilantro if they want.

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