29 Lettuce Wrap Recipes
Take the bread out of the equation and enjoy the light crisp of a lettuce wrap instead.
Asian Pork Lettuce Wraps
Use fresh Boston lettuce leaves for these crisp and fresh pork lettuce wraps.
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Amanda Widis
Slow Cooker Beef Lettuce Wraps with Quick Pickles
The low, even heat of the slow cooker helps flavor powerhouses like miso, sesame oil, and soy sauce impart tenderizing moisture, umami depth, and savory personality to common pot roast.
Photo: Jennifer Causey Styling: Claire Spollen
Lettuce Wraps with Hoisin-Peanut Sauce
Photo: Johnny Autry
Chipotle Shrimp Lettuce Wraps
These wraps carry the perfect amount of chipotle kick.
Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
Korean Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Think of gochujang as Korean steak sauce, adding savory depth to the chicken. You can find it at many supermarkets, or substitute equal parts Sriracha and white/yellow miso (soybean paste).
Photo: Justin Walker; Styling: Carla Gonzalez-Hart
Veggie Lettuce Wraps
Because of their strength and malleability, Bibb lettuce leaves are some of the best for loaded lettuce wraps. It's worth picking up a couple of heads if you only have iceberg or romaine in your crisper.
Photo: Brie Passano; Styling: Claire Spollen
Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps
This pulled pork is slow-roasted in the oven for the perfect tender bite.
Photo: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Tuna "Poke" Burger Lettuce Wraps
Opt for a lettuce wrap instead of a bun with these unique seafood burgers.
Photo: Marcus Nilsson; Styling: Robyn Glaser
Asian Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps
Keep it light with these chicken salad wraps, ready in about a half an hour and clocking in at just around 300 calories.
Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps
Pork Larb Lettuce Wrap
At Plum Alley in Salt Lake City, chef Ryan Lowder makes what he calls "American Asian food," which includes delicious versions of his favorite Thai dishes. He especially loves this northern Thai pork salad wrapped in lettuce leaves.
Spicy Turkey Lettuce Wraps
If you are short on time or not so adept with a knife, grate the radishes rather than thinly slicing them into julienne strips.
Photo: Peter Frank Edwards; Styling: Ginny Branch
Stir-Fried Tilapia, Dill, and Scallion Lettuce Wraps
Inspired by the classic Vietnamese dish Cha Ca La Vong, these wraps are a fun way to serve up stir-fry. Swap in black cod for tilapia if you prefer a heartier fish.
Photo: Brian Kennedy; Styling: Claire Spollen
Thai Beef Cabbage Wraps
To add another bright touch to these sweet and spicy wraps, serve with fresh lime wedges and fresh cilantro.
Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
Perfect Pear Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps
There’s something magical about the combination of a warm, spicy filling encased in cold, crisp lettuce leaves—sort of a salad and main dish all wrapped up in one tasty dish. The MyRecipes food editors agree and selected this recipe as the Grand Prize Winner for the Fast Family Dinners Recipe Contest sponsored by Newman's Own.
Photo: Lee Harrelson
Hoisin Pork and Boston Lettuce Wraps
Tender strips of pork, coated with a lime-infused hoisin sauce, are nestled in the delicate folds of soft, buttery Boston lettuce leaves and topped with a crunchy coleslaw. Three wraps are perfect for a light summer meal; individual wraps make excellent appetizers.
Prep: 11 minutes; Cook: 4 minutes
Photo: Oxmoor House
Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
This seven-ingredient Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps build immense flavor in about five minutes of prep time. Quick-cooking bean threads, also called cellophane or glass noodles, can substitute for any kind of Asian noodle, especially in Chinese and Korean recipes, and are available at most large supermarkets.
Chinese Chicken and Persimmon Lettuce Wraps
Asian preparations are natural for persimmons. You can also serve individual wraps as appetizers.
Becky Luigart-Staynor; Melanie J. Clarke
Southwestern Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Chipotle Dipping Sauce
Crisp iceberg lettuce cradles a Southwest-inspired mix of rice, beans, chicken, and salsa. Find fresh salsa in the produce section of your supermarket. It generally has 50 percent less sodium than bottled salsa, and it tastes like it's homemade.
Spicy Asian Lettuce Wraps
Use roasted chicken and rice noodles to fill these creative lettuce wraps for a no-cook weeknight meal. Serve with orange slices for a bright, refreshing dessert.
Photo: Randy Mayor
Asian Lettuce Wraps
Photo: Antonis Achilleos
Mu Shu Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Lettuce wraps are a fresh alternative to pancakes or tortillas. If you can't find Bibb lettuce, iceberg will work.
Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr
Vegetable and Tofu Lettuce Wraps with Miso Sambal
In this appetizer, the fresh flavors of the vegetables come alive with the spicy, gingery sambal. This popular Indonesian condiment takes on many variations of the basic combination of chiles, brown sugar, and salt. Prepare a double batch, and serve the extra with fish. The creamy texture of the avocado pieces and tofu slices are a pleasant contrast to the crisp vegetables.
Balsamic Lentil Quinoa Lettuce Cups
This hearty quinoa and lentils dish is light, but still filling.
Photo: Travis Rathbone
Spicy Lettuce-Wrapped Chicken
Crisp cups of Bibb lettuce envelope jalapeno-spiked chopped chicken thighs in these appetizer servings of Spicy Lettuce-Wrapped Chicken.
Photo: Anne Liles
Vietnamese Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Lime Dipping Sauce
These colorful lettuce wraps with shrimp mimic Vietnamese spring rolls. You'll find cellophane noodles—also called bean thread or glass noodles—and the other Asian ingredients used here at Asian grocery stores and most large supermarkets. Rice sticks or vermicelli may be substituted (follow package directions to prepare). If possible, use hydroponically grown Boston or butter lettuce sold in sturdy plastic containers that protect the leaves.
Vietnamese Lettuce Rolls with Spicy Grilled Tofu
This dish contrasts warm and cold sensations, along with firm, soft, and crunchy textures. The tofu is pressed before grilling so that it becomes firmer. Because they're more flexible, the top halves of lettuce leaves make better wrappers than the bottom halves.
Photography: Becky-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
Slow-Cooker Chicken Lettuce Cups
These cups pair the freshness of a salad with the heartiness of a taco.
Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham