Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Thai lettuce wraps with ground turkey and bold flavors on plat

Healthy food can taste amazing! These Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps are bursting with fresh ingredients and bold flavors, as a result they are delicious and nutritious! You’re going to love them!

Thai lettuce wraps with ground turkey and bold flavors on plat

Honestly, these are one of our very favorite things to eat. We serve them as a main dish, but they would make great appetizers too.


The combination of exciting ingredients like chili sauce, lime juice and zest, red pepper flakes, onions, brown sugar, cilantro, mint, etc. really livens up the ground turkey. No one will suspect you’re serving them a low fat entree.

ground turkey cooking in saute pan


We saute chopped onions in a little oil, then add ground turkey, garlic and ginger. The increased surface area of ground meat allows it to absorb so much flavor.

Spices, seasoning and sauce ingredients for Thai Lettuce Wraps


The sauce for these lettuce wraps can be made 2-3 days in advance, making for even faster dinner prep! The sauce has it all, for example the flavors are sweet, tangy, spicy, and salty by bringing together sweet chili sauce, soy sauce and hoisin sauce along with brown sugar red pepper and lime. Yum!

Sauce for Thai Lettuce wraps

This recipe had me at lime! And it just kept getting better from there.

Trader Joes Thai Lime Cashews in bag

A key ingredient for this dish is Thai Lime & Chili Cashews from Trader Joes. They give that extra crunch and “je ne sais quoi” to this flavor-filled dish. If you can’t find these, you can substitute roasted cashews or roasted peanuts.

Thai lettuce wraps with ground turkey and bold flavors on plat

We like to mix the sauce right into our meat mixture because we get lot of flavor that way, next we spoon the mixture into a lettuce leaf and eat it taco or burrito style. Some people may prefer to scoop the meat mixture onto the lettuce and then add a bit of sauce. Taste the sauce and see what you think! You might also want to adjust the sauce for additional salt or red pepper flakes depending on your palate.

You can get creative and add additional side toppings like shredded carrots, thinly sliced cucumbers or sprouts. We always prefer to eat this mixture wrapped in a lettuce leaf. Thai turkey lettuce wraps are so refreshing. Sometimes when we have leftovers, we’ll serve it over rice the next day. It’s great with rice as well. We hope you’ll try this exciting recipe and love it like we do!



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Yield: 4 entree servings

Thai Lettuce Wraps

Thai Lettuce Wraps

Ground turkey sauteed with onions, ginger, chili sauce, lime juice and zest, red pepper flakes, brown sugar, cilantro, mint and hoisin sauce is combined with Thai Coconut lime cashews and wrapped in lettuce leaves to create a flavor-filled low fat entree or appetizer.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


For Meat

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 Tablespoons oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped

Additions to Meat Mixture

  • ½ cup (Trader Joe’s) Thai Lime Cashews, chopped
  • 4 green onions, sliced fine (green parts only)
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, chopped

For Sauce

  • ½ cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • fresh juice and zest from two limes
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For Wraps

  • 1 large head Bib or Romaine lettuce, washed, leaves separated and dried


For Meat

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add onions and saute until softened.
  3. Add ground turkey, garlic, ginger and cook, tossing occasionally, until meat is cooked through; remove from heat.
  4. Add chopped cashews, green onion, cilantro and mint and mix well.

For Sauce

  1. In a small bowl combine the sweet chili sauce, hoisin sauce, and soy sauce; mix well.
  2. Add brown sugar, lime juice and zest, red pepper flakes and salt. Stir to combine.
  3. Add sauce to meat and mix well.

To serve

  1. Spoon mixture onto lettuce leaves and eat taco or burrito style.
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originally posted on 01/5/19

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