Spicy Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

No one can resist an Asian lettuce wrap. They’re the hottest appetizer on every fast-casual restaurant menu across the U.S., and they’re so easy to make at home! Kids will love wrapping their own dinner into fun bites and adults will appreciate a quick, healthy, salty-sweet-spicy meal.

Casey Barber

Spicy Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

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    3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil 1 clove garlic, minced
    1 pound ground turkey 1 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely minced
    1 teaspoon cornstarch 1 serrano, Thai, or habanero chili pepper, minced (choose your pepper depending on how much you love spice)
    2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 bunch scallions, white parts minced and green parts sliced
    1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into thin julienne strips or coarsely grated
    1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 large or 2 small heads Bibb lettuce


    Prep: 15 min Total:
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    • 1

      Heat the oil in a large (3- or 4-quart) straight-sided saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the ground turkey and cook, stirring to break up the chunks, until the meat is fully cooked through and browned, about 10 minutes.

    • 2

      While the turkey cooks, whisk the cornstarch, soy sauce, broth, and brown sugar together in a small bowl until the brown sugar dissolves, and reserve.

    • 3

      Add the garlic, ginger, chili pepper, and the minced white parts of the scallions to the turkey and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

    • 4

      Add the reserved soy-broth mixture and cook, stirring, until the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat and add the carrots and scallions.

    • 5

      Break the head of Bibb lettuce into separate leaves, rinse well, and spin dry. Serve the lettuce and ground turkey family-style.

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