Asian Lettuce Cups with Spicy Ground Turkey Filling

Servings: 16 people


  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Tbsp Red Onions, Minced
  • 2 Tbsp Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Tbsp Ginger Root, Grated
  • 1 1/2 Lb Ground Turkey
  • 4 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Garlic Sauce
  • 1 Tsp Fish Sauce
  • 1 Cup Fresh Cilantro, Chopped
  • 1/3 Cup Peanuts, Chopped
  • 1 Large Head Boston Lettuce


Chop onion and set aside. Peel ginger root, then grate with the large side of a cheese grater, and chop garlic if using fresh garlic. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan, add onion and sauté about 2 minutes.  Add garlic and ginger root and sauté about one minute more.

Add ground turkey to frying pan (with a bit more oil if needed) and break apart and spread out with turner, then add soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, and fish sauce. Cook until the turkey is brown and crumbling apart, and the sauce is slightly reduced, about 5 minutes.

While turkey cooks, wash and chop fresh cilantro to make 1 cup. Remove the core end from lettuce, separate leaves, and wash in salad spinner and spin dry (or wash under running water and dry with paper towels.) Chop peanuts and put in small bowl to serve at the table.

When turkey is done, add chopped cilantro and cook 1-2 minutes more. Serve filling and lettuce leaves in separate bowls, with chopped peanuts in another small bowl. Each person takes a lettuce leaf, fills with desired amount of turkey mixture, adds chopped peanuts, and then eats the mixture from the lettuce cup