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Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps are fresh and flavorful for a low-carb lunch or dinner. Fresh vegetables and an amazing Thai-inspired sauce make these easy lettuce wraps so inviting. Paleo, keto, ready in 30 minutes or less!

blue plate of Thai ground turkey lettuce wraps with golden napkin to the side.

This simple yet flavorful recipe for Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps is so tasty that it makes clean eating remarkably enjoyable!

Packed with lean protein, fresh produce, and healthy fats, this energizing nutrient-dense meal is low-carb and plenty delicious to put on repeat every week.

Make it in a big batch for meal prep, or whip it up in less than 30 minutes any time you’re looking for a healthy meal.

The way I see it, high protein recipes like this are ideal for lunches (or dinners) because they are nice and filling and they don’t give you that post-meal blood sugar crash.

This one happens to be gloriously flavorful, making healthy eating a breeze.

Similar to my Cabbage and Sausage Skillet I posted recently, this is a quick and easy chop as you cook recipe. For instance, the carrot can be grated and the cabbage can be sliced while the onion is sautéing and the ground turkey is cooking. 

Let’s talk about the simple ingredients needed to make this quick meal.

Hand holding a lettuce wrap

Ingredients for Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps:

For the Ground Turkey Mixture: Avocado oil, red onion, lean ground turkey, carrot, cabbage, green onions, and cashews. Everything gets cooked together in a large skillet and a lovely sauce is mixed in to bring it all together into a celebration of Thai flavors.

Ground chicken or ground beef or any ground meat you like can easily be used as replacements for ground turkey if you prefer.

For the Sauce: Liquid aminos (or soy sauce or coconut aminos), red curry paste, and peanut butter for a peanut sauce. You can use almond butter or sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter (I usually use sunflower seed butter). You can also add a splash of fish sauce if you have it on hand. 

These Thai lettuce wraps are mild, but for added spice, mix in some red pepper flakes or sriracha.

Butter Leaf Lettuce: The low carb caravan by which we get the Thai ground turkey mixture to our mouths is butter leaf lettuce, or bibb lettuce. In keeping the recipe low-carb and protein-centric, butter leaf lettuce is used in place of tortillas or traditional wraps for a fresh meal that leaves us feeling energetic and light. You can also use any regular crisp lettuce such as romaine lettuce leaves or large iceberg lettuce leaves if you can’t find butter lettuce leaves at your grocery store.

Optional Additions:

Mix up the recipe to your heart’s delight. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of yellow curry powder, red bell peppers, water chestnuts, hoisin sauce, fresh ginger, teriyaki sauce, lime juice, sesame seeds, chili sauce, etc.

Let’s make these healthy turkey lettuce wraps!

Blue plate of three turkey lettuce wraps

How to Make Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps:

Prepare the sauce by stirring the ingredients together in a small bowl or measuring cup. Set aside until ready to use. 

Heat the avocado oil in a large (12-inch) skillet or large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté, stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to soften, about 3 minutes.

Scoot the onion off to the sides and place the ground turkey in the middle of the skillet. Allow it to brown for 2 minutes per side before using a spatula to chop it into bite sized pieces.

Stir the grated carrot and sliced cabbage into the ground turkey mixture.

Pour the sauce into the skillet and stir well. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until the sauce has thickened and the vegetables have reached your desired level of doneness.

Stir in the chopped green onion and cashews (if adding).

Thai Ground turkey filling in a skillet

Wash the butter leaf lettuce well and pat it dry with a paper towel. Place lettuce cups on a plate and fill them with the Thai turkey filling. Enjoy!

Store any leftover Thai Ground Turkey in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

If you love lettuce wraps like this, also try my Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps, Asian Lettuce Wraps, and my Chicken Tzatziki Lettuce Wraps.

That’s it! One of those healthy meals the whole family can enjoy for an easy dinner on busy weeknights.

blue plate of Thai ground turkey lettuce wraps with golden napkin to the side.

Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Yield: 10 Lettuce Wraps
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Easy 30-Minute Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps are so easy to make, taste fresh and flavorful and leave you feeling energized.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and grated
  • 1 cup red cabbage, thinly sliced

For the Sauce:

  • 3 tbsp creamy peanut butter*
  • 2 Tbsp liquid aminos or coconut aminos
  • 1 Tbsp red curry paste**
  • 1 tsp fish sauce, optional

For Serving:

  • 1 head butter leaf lettuce
  • 1 bunch green onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup raw or roasted cashews, optional

Instructions

    1. Prepare the sauce by stirring the ingredients together in a small bowl or measuring cup. Set aside until ready to use. 

    2. Heat the avocado oil in a large (12-inch) skillet or large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté, stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to soften, about 3 minutes.

    Onion Sautéing in a skillet

    3. Scoot the onion off to the sides and place the ground turkey in the middle of the skillet. Allow it to brown for 2 minutes per side before using a spatula to chop it into bite sized pieces.

    Turkey and onion cooking in a skillet

    4. Stir the grated carrot and sliced cabbage into the ground turkey mixture.

    Turkey and veggies cooking in a skillet

    5. Pour the sauce into the skillet and stir well. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until the sauce has thickened and the vegetables have reached your desired level of doneness.

    6. Stir in the chopped green onion and cashews (if adding).

    Thai Ground turkey filling in a skillet

    7. Wash the butter leaf lettuce well and pat it dry with a paper towel. Place lettuce cups on a plate and fill them with the Thai turkey filling. Enjoy!

    Thai turkey lettuce cups

Notes

*You can also use almond butter or sunflower seed butter

**green curry paste or yellow curry paste work too.

Store any leftover Thai Ground Turkey in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1 Lettuce Wrap (of 10)
Amount Per Serving Calories 132Total Fat 7gCarbohydrates 6gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 11g
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