Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

This is the beginning of week 3 of our family’s weight loss challenge. Laura has been the most successful and I, unfortunately, have been the least. I have lost weight, but only 2 pounds! This wonderful recipe I am about to share with you is served with white rice, but I decided to eliminate it, since we are trying to cut back on calories and carbs.

When I found this dish in America’s Test Kitchen, Cooking Fresh, 2015, I thought it would be very tasty. My husband, however, wasn’t quite as excited as I was. I told him that he needed to trust me! Well, to his surprise, he thought it was delicious! The original recipe asked for chicken, but I decided to use lean ground turkey. The meat absorbs the flavors from the fish sauce, lime zest and lime juice. I thought that since it was Asian that it would need some soy sauce, but I was wrong. At the end of cooking, fresh basil and green onions are incorporated for additional flavors. I can’t believe how easy this meal was to prepare and how fabulous it tasted!

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps


  • 1 pound ground turkey or chicken
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, stemmed, seeded and minced
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice (1 to 2 limes)
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1½ tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 10 to 12 Bibb lettuce leaves
  • Cooked white rice (optional)


  1. Heat a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat with oil. Add turkey, jalapeño and lime zest. Break up meat into small pieces, until it is no longer pink for about 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together fish sauce, sugar, corn starch and lime juice in a small bowl. Pour into turkey and stir constantly, until sauce has thickened for about 1 minute. Turn heat off and stir in basil and green onions. Serve with lettuce leaves.  3 servings without rice, 4 servings with rice.

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps


9 thoughts on “Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

  1. I am such a fan of lettuce wraps!! I really like how many of the ingredients in this wrap are green. It makes it unique! I might just have to put this in my recipe queue for when I return to the kitchen in 2 months.

    Thank you so much for bringing these to the fiesta this week! Happy FF, and I hope you had a wonderful weekend!! 🙂


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