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Thai-Inspired Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Written by Stephanie Kay
  • 30 minutes
  • 4

Inspired by a traditional Thai dish called Larb Gai, these turkey lettuce wraps are delicious hot or cold and work well as a fragrant appetizer or a light main course.

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  • one lb ground turkey
  • two tablespoons white rice, dry
  • two tablespoons fish sauce
  • half tablespoon brown sugar
  • two limes, juiced
  • two tablespoons water
  • two tablespoons peanut or sesame oil
  • two cloves garlic, grated or minced
  • one inch ginger root, grated or minced
  • one Thai or birds eye chilli, seeded and minced
  • quarter cup red onion, minced
  • quarter cup mint, finely chopped
  • quarter cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • one head bibb lettuce, leaves removed
  • one cup red cabbage, shredded or finely chopped
  • one cucumber, thinly sliced


  1. Warm a small skillet to medium heat, add rice and cook, stirring often, until rice is well toasted and dark brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Once toasted, transfer rice to a pestle and mortar or a coffee grinder and grind into a fine meal. 
  2. Once ground, in a small bowl, combine ground rice, fish sauce, brown sugar, water and lime juice, and mix until well combined, it will form a thick paste. Set aside.
  3. Warm oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat, add garlic, ginger and chilli and cook for about 1 minute until fragrant. 
  4. Add ground turkey to the skillet, increase the heat slightly, and continue to cook, breaking the turkey up into small pieces with a wooden spoon or spatula. 
  5. When the turkey is almost completely cooked, add the rice mixture, stirring to coat the turkey, and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until everything is combined.
  6. Once cooked, remove skillet from the heat, add red onion, mint and cilantro to the turkey mixture and stir until well combined. 
  7. To serve, spoon the turkey filling into lettuce leaves and top with cabbage, cucumber, peanuts and a squeeze of lime.

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