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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!

Ned more better-than-takeout recipes? Try ground turkey teriyaki bowls, healthy chicken pad thai, or air fryer orange chicken!

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Watch the video below to see how to make quick and easy pork lettuce wraps!

We’re always on the hunt for dinners done in 30 minutes. Some of our favorites are fiesta lime shrimp bowls, blackened salmon, air fryer stuffed peppers and now these ground 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.
crispy pork lettuce wraps with red pepper, carrots, water chestnuts and onion in a bed of butter lettuce topped with scallions and cilantro

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
three ground pork lettuce wraps on a white serving tray with sweet and spicy sauce and scallions on the side

How to Make Pork Lettuce Wraps

  1. Add all of the sauce ingredients to a small bowl, whisk well then set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet or wok then cook the ground pork until no pink remains.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Serving Suggestions

These lettuce wraps are delicious on their own, but you could add a side of coconut rice or put the rice right inside the lettuce cups. You could also serve crispy carrot fries, or any vegetable side dish you’re craving.

a woman picking up a pork lettuce wrap topped with cilantro and peanuts

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Sweet and Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
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!

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Servings: 4 (2 lettuce wraps each)

Ingredients

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

Instructions 

  • 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. Drain the fat from the pork.
  • 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.
Last step! If you make this, please leave a review letting us know how it was!

Notes

Meal prep: store the filling and the lettuce separately so you can heat up the pork filling and the lettuce won’t get soggy.
Adjust the heat: If you don’t like spice, you can omit the sriracha in this rice or reduce it. Alternatively, if you really like spice, you can add more.

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Nutrition

Serving: 2lettuce wraps | Calories: 409kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 300mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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70 Comments

  1. Terri Chapman says:

    5 stars
    Great recipe. I add a little rice vinegar. Delish. Served over rice as a rice bowl.

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Sounds delicious, Terri! We love this one too!

  2. Jane says:

    Good!
    I doubled the sauce

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      We always double the sauce!! It’s too good!

  3. Alison says:

    5 stars
    This was so good! Easy once everything was chopped. Kid friendly and husband approved! I did double the sauce for the meat as a single serving wasn’t quite enough for all the meat and veggies. Will make again and again!

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      I may update the recipe to double the sauce because we do this too! So glad you’ll make it again! We love this one.

  4. Susan Morgan says:

    5 stars
    Love this recipe so much

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Thank you, Susan!

  5. becky says:

    Super delicious! thinking I might save the shredded carrots for a pretty topping next time
    thanks!

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Thanks, Becky!!

  6. Joanna says:

    5 stars
    This is AMAZING! So much flavor. We loved it!

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Thanks, Joanna!

  7. Lisa says:

    5 stars
    My husband and I have loved this recipe. For someone like me who takes a LONG time to chop things, this is quick and easy and Oh SO Tasty! Started doubling the recipe so there’d be more leftovers and added it to our meal planning recipe cards.

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Thank you, Lisa!!! I’m so happy you added it to the recipe cards. Thanks!

  8. Emma says:

    5 stars
    These were so yummy and also super easy! Had most of the ingredients on hand with the exception of the pork and veggies. Adding this to our rotation!

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Love it when my recipes make the rotation! The best compliment. Thanks, Emma!

  9. Marissa says:

    5 stars
    These were delicious! Love the flavors and the crunch from the peanuts. Only question – the pork mixture seemed a bit greasy. Was I supposed to drain the pork before adding/cooking the veggies? Thanks! I recently discovered your website, and I’ve loved everything I’ve made so far!

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Hey there!! That’s a great question. I think it depends on the pork you get. There is quite a bit of fat in pork, so if there’s a decent amount after browning, I would definitely drain it first. Going to make that note in the recipe! Appreciate your feedback.

  10. Aubrey says:

    5 stars
    Overall a good recipe! Definitely think doubling the first sauce is the way to go, it’s really good. The second sauce is a little salty, but still good. I’d probably skip that one if I was in a rush. Plan to make again, though.

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Thanks for the feedback!

  11. Gemma says:

    5 stars
    Delicious!! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Of course! Thanks for sharing!

  12. BJM says:

    These are insanely delicious and easy to make. I have made 4 batches in the last 2 weeks and have only gotten to eat one serving myself. My college son has been obsessed with this over rice for lunches so it doesn’t last long, I use ground chicken instead of pork and have used maple syrup and honey to sweeten and both work well. I added snap peas for more crunch.
    This is a keeper for sure- it rivals the Thai restaurant we go to and is much, much healthier.

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Wow! The best compliment! Thanks for taking the time to share.

  13. Janet says:

    5 stars
    So freaking good!!!

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      One of our favorites!

  14. Michelle says:

    5 stars
    This was delicious. My husband and I loved the flavors. Adding the toppings really gave it a great pop of crunch from the peanuts. This will be a part of our regular rotation!!

  15. Meemo says:

    4 stars
    This recipe looks and sounds great and for that I’m going to give you 4 stars even though I’m not trying it). I’m going to pass because I look for recipes I will want to use. I especially love recipes I don’t have to scroll through with ingredient covered hands, so I don’t download recipes that include editorial comments or pictures. Please consider putting pictures/videos in up top for those who need them, and just provide the document for those who don’t. Thanks.

  16. Meredith E. says:

    5 stars
    Thank you Molly! This is going in the keeper weekly rotations 🙂 Approved by all…fresh, easy, and delicious!

    1. Shalonda says:

      5 stars
      This was so good! I am glad I listened and had all my ingredients prepped before even starting to cook. It is very tasty and there wasn’t one seasoning added; all flavor from the sauces 🙂 Will definitely make again!

  17. Gina says:

    This was amazing! My soy sauce is too salty, so next time I will definitely use a low sodium one, but otherwise it was just delicious! My friend said she felt like she just ate at a restaurant. Love love love!

  18. Emily says:

    5 stars
    Enjoyed by my entire family, even my pickiest eater!

  19. Brenda says:

    5 stars
    Scrumptious!

  20. Karen Sue Boyd says:

    5 stars
    I made this tonight, and I have found a favorite dinner entre. My husband and I like heat, so added extra Sriracha and diced jalapeños. It was perfect.
    Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  21. Angie says:

    4 stars
    These were pretty good as written. I added some fresh squeezed lime as a finish to help brighten it up. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Emily says:

    5 stars
    This is a delicious recipe and my kids even love it!

  23. sarah says:

    loved this recipe. was also confused by ‘fresh ground ginger’ as that’s normally a dry ingredient but like someone else here said I also used minced ginger instead.

    used peanut butter and felt it was a bit oily- any recommendations for lessening that?
    the second night of leftovers we ditched the wraps and had it as a big salad instead, adding cucumber. it was even better this way as you get a bit of everything in every mouthful!

    thanks so much for the recipe. really yum.

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Thanks Sarah!! It should be fresh “grated” ginger, not fresh ground. I’ll make that change! Make sure you use a creamy peanut butter that isn’t drippy and oily. That should help! You can also drain the fat from the pork, which helps.

  24. Shelley says:

    5 stars
    Delicious!!

  25. Cathy says:

    5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious! I’ve added it to our weekly menu! thank you so much!

  26. Sue J says:

    4 stars
    Very good. Will make the sauce for over the top next time.

  27. Manon says:

    5 stars
    Like in the introduction of the recipe……. it is INSANELY DELICIOUS. Next time, I will make double or triple the recipe and freeze some for when I don’t feel like cooking. The sauce for serving is a must in our opinion. I even doubled the recipe.

  28. Mary says:

    5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was FABULOUS! May up the veggie content next time (with a bit more sauce to compensate) just to squeeze more veggies into my meal. But man was this good!! I was slightly confused by “fresh ground ginger” as ground ginger is usually a dry product and not listed as “fresh” in recipes so I took a gamble and used fresh ginger minced up. No problem at all. Thanks for sharing!!!

  29. Penny says:

    5 stars
    Tasted amazing! Like a 5 star restaurant. A great way to use all the fresh lettuce from the garden. We added some “rice stick” vermicelli noodles to the lettuce wrap. Thanks!

  30. Karman Foods says:

    5 stars
    This Sweet and Spicy Pork Lettuce wrap is absolutely healthy and delicious. The taste was not compromised as well. I used Coconut Secret The Original Organic Aminos Soy-Free Seasoning Sauce for a quality taste of flavor. Yummy! It’s my new fave food any time of the day. Best paired with Vita Sugar Cane Flavor Vita Juice.

  31. Alaina says:

    5 stars
    I’ve made this twice now! One of my new favorites. Super easy too!

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      It’s one of our favorites too, Alaina!

  32. Soraly says:

    5 stars
    this was fantastic! definitely going to be a repeat in our house

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Love to hear that!! One of our favorites too!

  33. Savanna says:

    5 stars
    One of the best Asian dishes I’ve made at home! My husband said we have to make this one again!! Loved it! 🙂

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Love that! This is one of my favorite dinners ever!

  34. Joyce says:

    5 stars
    👍👍👍👍 in our house. I ended up making with ground turkey & no sriracha, but a huge hit with everyone. One request was to make with a little pineapple next time..

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Ohhh pineapple would be so good!! Great ideea!

  35. Joyce says:

    5 stars
    👍👍👍👍 in our house. I ended up making with ground turkey & no sriracha, but a huge hit with everyone. One request was to make with a little pineapple next time.

  36. Alicia says:

    5 stars
    posted a comment earlier, forgot to give it a 5 star rating!

  37. Alicia says:

    Great flavors! I used pork chops and cut them up into small pieces. The sauce for serving was just ok, I will omit it next Tim. But I will go ahead and double the cooking sauce otherwise without the topping sauce it might be a bit dry when serving. I toped mine with chili garlic sauce as my serving sauce. Definitely one of my favorite recipes!

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Ohh sounds delicious! You could also make extra cooking sauce and save a little for the top!

  38. Gwyn Goertzen says:

    Could I use peanuts instead of water chestnuts? My husband is not a fan of the water chestnuts.

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Hey Gwyn! Definitely! That would be a great option to add crunch instead of water chestnuts. Just add them to the end!

  39. Stacy says:

    Oh this is so good!!!! Came together really quickly. Love it!

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      This is one of our favorites too, Stacy!! Thanks!

  40. Amy says:

    5 stars
    Such great flavor & texture. I was slightly intimidated by the ingredient list, but I was able to whip this up pretty quickly! Will make again.

  41. Ashley says:

    5 stars
    Amazing!! Not a fan of lettuce wraps but this one was so good! It will be on repeat in our house!

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Best compliment!! I always miss the carbs in lettuce wraps LOL. But this one has so much flavor I don’t notice! Thanks for adding it to the rotation:)

  42. Sara says:

    5 stars
    Made these for dinner tonight! Accidentally got beef instead of pork but they were still delicious. And super easy to make, too!

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      We love this one too! Thanks for sharing!

  43. Aleks says:

    5 stars
    A favorite in our house for dinner!! So tasty.

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Thanks, Aleks!

  44. Kelsey says:

    5 stars
    SO GOOD! Super flavorful & such a good way to pack a meal with veggies.

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Thank you Kelsey!! So glad you loved it. Appreciate you!