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February 24, 2020

Quick Pork Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients for lettuce wraps

I started making lettuce wraps after I became a gardener. There would be times where I had so many random onesie, twosie vegetables that did not make a whole meal or a dish. When I would have two radishes the only thing I could think to do with them for a meal was to wrap them in things. Thus, the lettuce wrap was born. This is one of my favorite easy weeknight meals from the garden in the summer and I crave them in the winter as they are so fresh and versatile. You can use ground pork, chicken or turkey. If you don’t have ground meat you can make lettuce wraps with roast chicken, leftover pork shoulder or pot roast. Really if you can wrap it, you have lettuce wraps.

Use your Instant Pot here to make the rice. Rice in the Instant Pot is a life changer as I really struggle to make it any other way. The secret is one portion rice to equal portions of water for white or Jasmine rice. One cup water, one cup rice and you cook it for 5 minutes on manual and let it naturally release for 5 minutes. This same recipe works with two or even four cups of rice.

Ingredients for lettuce wraps

Quick Pork Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 lb ground pork*
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp chili garlic sauce
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • rice for serving
  • Butter lettuce for serving

Quick Pickled Vegetables

  • 1/2 c apple cider or white vinegar
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 c of water
  • 1 red onion or jalapeño or radishes or carrots, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet, then brown the pork for 3 minutes, stirring enough so it doesn’t burn. Add garlic and ginger in the final stages of browning the pork.
  2. Mix up the chili sauce, fish sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sriracha, sugar and water. Add to the pan and toss all the ingredients until coated. Cook for a few more minutes until the pork is cooked through and the sauce has reduced and is coating the meat. Remove from the heat and toss in the sesame oil with the finished pork.
  3. At the table, fill each lettuce cup with rice and a big spoonful of the pork mixture and pickled vegetables.

Notes

  • Ground turkey or chicken can be substituted for the pork.
  • Additional topping options: lime wedges, sliced peppers, sliced radish, chopped cilantro or mint.

See all my vegetable recipes here.

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