Insanely delicious and easy pork lettuce wraps will become your favorite easy, healthy dinner. The sweet and spicy (not too spicy!) sauce covers ground pork and veggies inside crisp lettuce cups for a flavorful, low-carb dinner!
Watch the video below to see how to make quick and easy pork lettuce wraps!
And if you want a quick ground turkey recipe, try this ground turkey teriyaki rice bowl.
Why We Love Pork Lettuce Wraps
- Pantry staples: this recipe is made up of only pantry staples. There aren't any fussy ingredients that you'll use once and forget about in the back of the pantry. Coconut aminos (gf version of soy sauce), nut butter, rice vinegar and honey are the only pantry ingredients you need!
- Low carb: if you're balancing blood sugar or being mindful of the carbs you're eating, this recipe is a great option. It has 15 net carbs in a serving, but if you want to lower that you can omit the honey so it's 12 net carbs. All the flavor from the sauce and veggies will keep you satisfied and full.
- Eat more veggies: These pork lettuce wraps are 5 different kinds of veggies. We love to eat the rainbow and this recipe makes eating veggies so fun! You don't even know your plate is packed with vitamins and nutrients.
- Great for kiddos: we gave this recipe to our daughter and she smashed it! She was getting protein and veggies in without knowing it.
Ingredient Notes and Brands We Used
For the sauce:
- Fresh ginger and garlic: this is an essential part of these lettuce wraps and adds a ton of asian flavor.
- Honey: you can omit this if you're eating whole30.
- Coconut aminos: this is the gluten free version of soy sauce. If you aren't gluten free and have soy sauce on hand you can use that.
- Nut butter: we used peanut butter, but cashew butter works great for paleo or whole30 options.
- Rice wine vinegar: this adds acid to balance out the sauce.
- Sriracha: this is where the spicy comes into play and can be customized to your taste! If you like spicy food you can add more or omit it if you don't like spice.
For the wraps:
- Ground pork: it has minimal fat so it doesn't need drained after cooking. Love that for an easy, one-pot meal! You could also use ground chicken, but it won't have as much fat/flavor.
- Water chestnuts: these come in a can in the international aisle in the grocery store.
- Veggies: red pepper, carrots, yellow onion
- Butter lettuce: this is the best lettuce for wraps in my opinion!
- To top: scallions, cilantro and crushed peanuts
How to Make Pork Lettuce Wraps
- Add all of the sauce ingredients to a small bowl, whisk well then set aside.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet or wok then cook the ground pork until no pink remains.
- Add the veggies and cook until soft then stir in the sauce, turn the heat to low and simmer for 5-8 minutes to thicken the sauce and develop the flavor.
- Spoon the pork mixture into lettuce wraps, then garnish with scallions, cilantro and crushed peanuts.
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Best Kind of Lettuce for Lettuce Wraps
Our very favorite lettuce to use is butter lettuce. It's crisp and has the perfect circular shape to hold all the filling. I like to double up the lettuce to make sure it doesn't break when you're eating it.
How to get it off the core: remove any out layers of lettuce that are browning or old then cut the piece of lettuce at the stem.
We also like to use romaine lettuce if we have that on hand!
Must-Read Recipe Tips
- Make the pork extra crispy: when you're browning the ground pork, don't continually stir it. Let it sit in the sizzling hot oil for a bit to get brown and crispy then stir and do the same thing.
- Serve with sauce: while the pork filling is simmering, whisk together some honey, coconut aminos, nut butter and sriracha for a quick sauce to drizzle on top.
- Only pull off the lettuce you need: to keep the lettuce fresh, only use the lettuce leaves you need while you're making the cups.
- Perfect for meal prep: If you're making these as meal prep, you can store the lettuce separately until you're ready to assemble and eat.
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More Asian-inspired recipes
- 30 minute chicken pad Thai
- Sweet and sticky orange cauliflower
- Sheet pan honey garlic shrimp
- Korean shredded beef tacos
Sweet and Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps
For the sauce
- 2 teaspoons fresh ground ginger
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon honey omit for whole30 option
- 2 tablespoons coconut aminos or soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons nut butter peanut butter or cashew butter is best
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons sriracha more or less to adjust spice level
For the lettuce wraps
- 1 lb ground pork
- 1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts drained and diced
- 1 red pepper diced
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 small yellow onion diced
- Butter lettuce leaves for serving
- Topping: green onions, cilantro and crushed peanuts
Sauce for serving (optional):
- 3 tablespoons coconut aminos or soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon nut butter
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 teaspoon sriracha
- Add all of the sauce ingredients to a medium bowl and whisk well. Set aside.
- Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Once it's hot, add the ground pork and cook until no pink remains. To make it crispy, stir occasionally to allow the pork to sit in the hot oil before stirring. This crisps the outsides to a golden brown color.
- When the pork is done, add the water chestnuts, red pepper, carrots and onion and cook until soft, 5-7 minutes.
- Stir in the sauce until it's completely combined then turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 8-10 minutes to thicken and develop the flavor.
- Remove the pan from the heat then serve inside the lettuce cups. You may need to double up the lettuce cups for a sturdier wrap. Top with chopped scallions, cilantro and peanuts if desired.
- If you're making the sauce, whisk all of the ingredients together in a small bowl while the pork filling simmers. Top the lettuce wraps with sauce before serving.