Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps are easy to make and a true crowd-pleaser. They're made with healthy ground turkey, pantry-staple Asian flavors, and drizzled with a creamy ginger tahini sauce.
Are you excited to meet your new favorite weeknight dinner recipe? I thought you might be! Let me introduce to you these Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps. They're about to make your life a whole lot tastier.
Why you want to make turkey lettuce wraps tonight
- Just look how pretty they are!
- Lean ground turkey meat + caramelized veggies + the most delicious Thai-inspired sauce = magic.
- In less than 30 minutes you can be listening to your family tell you how much they love the dinner you cooked.
- Turkey lettuce wraps are perfect for meal prep. Hello, lunch!
- You'll walk away from dinner feeling amazing. These turkey wraps are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and paleo. I know you love healthy dinner recipes.
Why choose ground turkey in lettuce wraps?
Turkey is a delicious and versatile protein and ground turkey is perfect for making Asian lettuce wraps. I often reach for ground turkey instead of chicken when I'm grocery shopping as it goes so well in different recipes. The neutral flavor of ground turkey breasts is ideal with this Thai-inspired recipe.
From a nutritional standpoint, it's very similar to chicken so you can feel good about eating it as an everyday protein option.
How do you make Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps?
Making these lettuce wraps is super easy. But there is a little trick you need to know before you get started.
To make this recipe taste the absolute best, you need to caramelize the veggies. Don't worry, this part is easy. All you need is a little patience and you can do this.
Onions, carrots, and red peppers are all naturally very sweet. When they're allowed to cook for an extended period of time, their sugars caramelize and they become even sweeter. Doing this lets us only use 1 tablespoon of honey yet still achieve the perfect sweetness that you'd expect from Asian lettuce wraps.
After about 12 minutes, your veggies will be ready. They should look beautifully dark like they do in this picture. ↓
Making the best ground turkey lettuce wraps continued …
While your veggies are cooking, take this time to make the two sauces. Multi-tasking in the kitchen is the key to getting dinner on the table stat! Just make sure to stir the veggies a few times while you're mixing your sauce ingredients together.
Then all you have to do is cook the ground turkey until it's no longer pink and mix in the sauce.
This turkey lettuce wraps recipe is so easy that it (almost) doesn't deserve to taste so good!
What’s the Best Lettuce for Lettuce Wraps?
My preference is Bibb lettuce. It's often sold in containers with the root still attached so it's always fresh. The leaves are small and cupped shaped so they work perfectly as lettuce wraps. They're also nice and crunchy.
In a pinch, I've used romaine, butter lettuce, red leaf, and green leaf lettuce. They all work if you can't get your hands on Bibb lettuce.
How to make lettuce wraps family friendly?
If you're lucky, you'll make the recipe exactly as written. But I know from having my own toddler at home that lettuce isn't the best option for little ones.
That's ok! You can still make these turkey lettuce wraps. Here are two ways of pleasing the lettuce-adverse at your table:
- Turn them into turkey taco wraps by using tortillas instead of lettuce.
- Serve the ground turkey filling on top of some rice.
No matter how you choose to serve these turkey lettuce wraps, they're delicious!
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Favorite Turkey Recipes
- Easy Turkey Chili
- Butter Turkey Curry
- Thai Coconut Turkey Soup
- Crockpot Leftover Turkey Bolognese
- Easy Homemade Turkey Soup
- BBQ Pulled Turkey Pizza with Pineapple Salsa
- Healthy Creamy Turkey Mushroom Soup
Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps
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- 1 tablespoon neutral-flavored oil
- ½ medium onion, minced
- 1 carrot, julienned or grated
- 1 red bell pepper, minced
- 2 tablespoons minced ginger
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- ¼ cup sliced green onions
- Bibb lettuce leaves
- Optional toppings: sesame seeds, lime wedges, and thinly sliced red cabbage
- 2 tablespoons each: Thai red curry paste and coco aminos, or soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon each: honey and fish sauce
Creamy Ginger Tahini Sauce
- 4 tablespoons tahini
- 1 tablespoon each: lime juice and honey
- 2 teaspoons grated ginger
- 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
- Heat the oil in a large, non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrot, and bell pepper and cook for about 12 minutes, or until they are quite dark and become sweet smelling. Add the ginger and garlic and cook 1 minute more.1 tablespoon neutral-flavored oil, ½ medium onion, 1 carrot, 1 red bell pepper, 2 tablespoons minced ginger, 3 cloves garlic
- While the veggies are caramelizing, mix the Thai-inspired sauce ingredients in a small bowl. In another small bowl, mix the creamy ginger tahini sauce ingredients with 3 tablespoons of water. Add more water if you want a thinner sauce.2 tablespoons each: Thai red curry paste and coco aminos, 1 tablespoon each: honey and fish sauce, 4 tablespoons tahini, 1 tablespoon each: lime juice and honey, 2 teaspoons grated ginger, 2 small garlic cloves
- When the veggies are cooked, push them to the side of the pan and add the turkey. Let it cook until it is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Break up any larger chunks with your wooden spoon then mix the turkey into the veggies. Add the Thai-inspired sauce and let it come to a boil. Stir in the green onions.1 lb. ground turkey, ¼ cup sliced green onions
- Serve the Thai turkey on bibb lettuce leaves with the tahini sauce drizzled over the top and any or all of the optional toppings.Bibb lettuce leaves, Optional toppings: sesame seeds, lime wedges, and thinly sliced red cabbage
VERY HOT today so cooked it in a cast iron pan on the BBQ — easy and YUMMY YUMMY — For the most part I followed the recipe – but added a bit of home made beef stock to increase liquid and a handful of fresh chopped spinach – My husband actually got a spoon and ate it right out of the pot — we have pleasant memories of similar meals on our trip to Thailand.
I love hearing that! So happy that you both loved the recipe!
I love anything in a lettuce wrap, but this Thai turkey lettuce wraps are amazing. Super healthy, delicious, and packed with protein. Perfect weeknight dinner!
Delicious, everyone, even people who tell me they hate ground turkey loves this recipe.
Adding Trader Joe’s Sweet Chili Sauce makes it even better.
So happy to hear that you loved the recipe!
Thank you , Kristen, for another terrific recipe. I enjoy and anticipate your recipes so much, and have never been disappointed. Although I didn’t find this particularly easy to make, maybe all the prepping, sauces, I don’t know…and the first time is always the most difficult for me, anyway.
I didn’t have all the required ingredients, but the substitutions worked very well into your main frame.
Thanks again for your blog!!!
Thank you so much, Ellen. You truly made my day!
These wraps look pretty tasty.
They’re so good!
On reading comments I cannot wait to try the recipe sounds so delicious
It’s really tasty!
Can I make this ahead and then put it in a crock pot for a luncheon?
I think a crockpot would work well to keep the filling part of it warm!
Hi Kristen! This recipe is fabulous in so many ways … the depth of flavors, the sauces, it’s quick and easy, healthy and beautiful. I’m such a fan of lettuce wraps. Can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing!
It’s really delicious!!
You are right … these are beautiful! I could eat that turkey filling with a spoon and that creamy ginger tahini sauce sound wonderful on it’s own. Can’t wait to give this a try and I will try to use more turkey! Great post!
Thank you so much! It’s honestly hard not to eat it all straight from the pan lol. It’s so good!
These look SOOOO good and I love that we can eat them and not feel stuffed; just satisfied!
Yes! I feel so good after eating them, too!
The flavors in this is amazing! I love the wrap ideas
Thank you so much!!
So impressed with the way this turned out! Can’t wait to make it again!
I’m so happy to hear you like the recipe!
Gave this a try last night and had smiling faces all around the dinner table! Delicious!
That is so great to hear! Hooray!!