These coeliac friendly asian lettuce wraps are incredibly delicious and packed with flavour. As inspired by PF Changs (a Chinese restaurant chain predominately based in the US – a favourite of mine) that serve incredible chicken lettuce wraps – the first time I tried these, I knew I had to create a gluten free version in my own kitchen. I used turkey mince, lots of veg and a few simple ingredients that you can find at your local supermarket. I absolutely LOVED how these came out, the different textures and incredible taste… AND they are surprisingly easy to make! See the recipe below!
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 cloves of garlic (crushed)
- 500g turkey mince
- 3 medium carrots (finely diced)
- 1 large white onion (finely diced)
- 5 tbsps gluten free soy sauce
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1 tsp of fish sauce
- 1 tbsp sriracha
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 2cm piece of fresh ginger (grated)
- 1 red chilli *optional
- 2-3 handfuls of button or chestnut mushrooms (diced)
- Water chestnuts (drained & diced) *optional
- 3 spring onions (chopped)
- Salt & pepper
- In a large pan over a medium/ high heat, add sesame oil and the crushed garlic cloves, followed by the diced onions and carrots and fry until just soft.
- Throw a little sesame oil in a separate pan, add the turkey mince and gently fry and break up until the meat is cooked. Add salt & pepper to season. Once done, add the meat to the pan with the carrots and onions.
- Next, make the sauce. Mix together the soy sauce, white wine vinegar, fish sauce, sriracha, grated ginger, brown sugar, tomato puree and chilli (if using).
- Once combined, add into the pan with a little more salt and pepper.
- Finely chop the mushrooms and water chestnuts (if using) and add to the pan. Combine everything well and allow to simmer over a low heat to let the flavours infuse. Add a small splash of water if the mixture looks dry.
- Wash and separate your lettuce leaves. Tip: run them under a cold tap to gentle separate the leaves from one another, then pat dry.
- Fill the leaves with the mince mixture, top with chopped spring onion and serve!
I love throwing in the water chestnuts for additional texture and depth, but I know they are not for everyone so they are optional! I have to say, I am thrilled with how these came out and I know I will be making them time and time again. A great fresh and healthy lunch or dinner option.
Let me know if you would like to see more savoury recipes and if you would like a recipe for my easy egg fried rice too!?