Lettuce Wraps*

In high school my best friend and I used to go for special lunches to P.F. Changs. We would order 1 appetizer, 1 entree, and 1 dessert…which was perfect to get to have a little of everything. While we would try different entrees, we always stuck with the same appetizer and dessert. The appetizer was always their lettuce wraps and for dessert we would have the fried bananas (ah-mazing, by the way).¬† And last week when I was cleaning out my freezer I found a bunch of ground turkey from when it was by one get one free. So first we had stuffed peppers, then we had Greek Burgers, and then I was at a big loss. Until I was flipping through Food & Wine and I saw their version of lettuce wraps. It reminded me of all the great times we used to have, so I ended up making¬† them for dinner that very night! Jorge and I sat on the floor and ate them while watching Big Bang Theory. It was perfect! :-)

I ended up not following Food & Wine’s version at all, but I would like to say that they inspired me! I actually tossed this recipe together by what I had in my kitchen at the time…and what tasted good flavor wise. This was a perfect dinner for us, but would also make a great appetizer as long as you have lots of napkins on hand! And even better, it saves extremely well! We had a good amount of leftovers, so Jorge took them for lunch and he said they were just as good the second time around!





Lettuce Wraps


1 tablespoon canola oil
1 lb extra lean ground turkey (or any other ground meat)
1 medium shallot
1 garlic clove, minced
3 scallions
2 large stalks lemongrass-tender pale inner core only, minced
1/2 cup chopped cashews
1 teaspoonful seasoned rice vinegar
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoonful garlic chili sauce
small handful of cilantro, chopped
butter lettuce leaves (or your favorite lettuce), for serving


In a large wok (or non stick skillet), heat oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and shallot and cook for 15 seconds, then add ground turkey. Break up the meat with a spoon, tossing/stirring often, until meat is cooked through.

Once the turkey is cooked through, check and see if there is a lot of grease left over in the bottom of the pan. If there is, drain the meat, and then re-add to the wok. If not, skip to the next step.

Add the scallions, lemongrass, rice vinegar, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, and garlic chili sauce. Toss well to ensure everything is coated. Allow to cook for another 2-3 minutes and remove from heat and sprinkle with cilantro.

To serve, separate leaves of lettuce and wash with warm water; pat dry. Spoon the turkey mixture into the center of a lettuce leaf and eat like a taco! Enjoy!

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29 Responses to “Lettuce Wraps”

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    Blog is the New Black — February 21, 2011 @ 1:23 am

    I love lettuce wraps- yours look great!

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    notyet100 — February 21, 2011 @ 1:39 am

    wraps look good,..

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    Nicole — February 21, 2011 @ 1:41 am

    P.F. Changs lettuce wraps are the only fast food (well, chain restaurant) I can say that I actually like. I made them at home a while back, and although they were good they were also a lot of work.

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    Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) — February 21, 2011 @ 5:18 am

    I made lettuce wraps once upon a time.
    They didn’t come looking nearly as good as these!

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    Sukaina — February 21, 2011 @ 5:41 am

    Ok….I lurveeee PF Changs. They recently opened up two branches in Dubai and I’m their best customer :) Will gladly be trying these out at home!

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    CaSaundra — February 21, 2011 @ 7:45 am

    Unfortunately I’ve never been to P.F. Chang’s..we don’t have them around here. But regardless, your lettuce wraps look great!

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    Miriam — February 21, 2011 @ 8:33 am

    P.F. Chang’s is the only place I have had lettuce wraps.. I have been wanting to recreate them for a while. This combination of flavors looks great! I can’t wait to make these… probably replacing the turkey with lentils for a meat free version.

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    Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean — February 21, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    yes! must make these for lunch soon! deeeeelicious :)

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    Lea Ann — February 21, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    Lettuce wraps are so delicious. The Splendid Table’s cookbook How To Eat Dinner also has a great lettuce wrap recipe. One of my favorite.

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    Amy — February 21, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    I made lettuce cups once but your recipe sounds tastier than the one I used, I think I’ll have to try making them again!

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    Kita — February 21, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    So bookmarking this one. I enjoy PF Changs lettuce wraps (though trying to get the BF to order anything but dumplings is near impossible). These look great :)

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    The USA Kiwi — February 21, 2011 @ 11:49 am

    I’ve never been to PF Changs, but we love love love lettuce wraps. In particular, the DH can’t get enough of them.

    These look great!

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    Dionne @ Try Anything Once — February 21, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

    LOL I love that it’s ass friendly! This looks amazing. I may have to cook and bake my way through your blog…

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    Joanne — February 21, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

    I was such a fan of PF Changs when I lived in boston (their tower of chocolate…also amazing). But there really aren’t any in NYC so I haven’t been in YEARS. I’m so glad you posted this because it would be such a great throw-back to my good old college days!

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    Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls — February 21, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

    Ohhhhh yum! This looks tasty!!

    Mary xx
    Delightful Bitefuls

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    Tessa — February 21, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

    I’ve made lettuce wraps once before, but these seem to be a little more “true” to the PF Changs version than mine were. Will have to give these a try!

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    Sharlene — February 21, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

    I haven’t tried the lettuce wraps but I’ve had their fried bananas and yum YUM yum!! These look fantastic!

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    Ari Recipes — February 21, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

    I love your photo, is so green and it’s inspiring a healthy snack :X

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    Eliana — February 21, 2011 @ 6:32 pm

    This looks so so delish! Love the combination of flavors.

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    Chiara — February 23, 2011 @ 8:29 am

    Mmmm… lettuce wraps from PF Chang’s are awesome! Ever since I moved to Europe I haven’t seen any lettuce wraps on menus, although I have to say that I wasn’t really looking. I guess I’ll have to start…. or make my own! They are so delicious.

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    sandi — February 23, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

    I will definitely be making this for my mom…she LOVES the ones at P.F. Chang’s, so these will be a huge winner!

    • Jessica replied: — February 25th, 2011 @ 12:18 am

      @sandi, Let me know what your Mom thinks! :-)

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    dining table — February 28, 2011 @ 9:51 am

    Lovely recipe! I am so in love with this. Thanks a lot. I am definitely going to try this one.

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    Laina Welsh — March 3, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

    Made these two nights ago. They turned out so yummy! Definitely reminded me of the PF Chang lettuce wraps. Couldn’t find fresh lemon grass any where, so had to go with out it but it was delicious none the less! Thank you for the inspiring and amazing recipes, I follow your blog religiously! Making the Turkey and cheese stuffed pasta shells for my family Sunday : )


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    Allie — February 20, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

    Okay, I’ve been blog stalking your site for a while now and I just have to say these have become a favorite of ours!! They’re delicious and SO easy to make, I can’t help but crave them once a week. :-) Thank you!!!!

    • Jessica replied: — February 21st, 2012 @ 12:36 am

      Awesome! I am so glad you like them so much! …and thanks for reminding me about these babies. I haven’t make them in way too long!

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    Mallori — June 12, 2013 @ 10:19 pm

    Made these and took them to work as lunch. Very yummy!

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    Amanda — February 25, 2014 @ 12:08 am

    I don’t know if I missed something (it’s likely), but when do we put the cashews in?

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