Asian Lettuce Wraps

Recently, I have been cutting out carbs for dinner and instead eating mostly protein and vegetables. Eating most of my daily carbohydrate intake for breakfast and lunch, I feel like I have more energy throughout the day. After dinner, I also have more energy because I don’t have a carb heavy meal weighing me down and making me sluggish.

For a low-carb approach to dinner, I wrapped asian flavored turkey and vegetable filling with crisp, fresh lettuce. To get my carbs at lunch the next day, I made a brown rice bowl using the leftover filling.

These are also great as an appetizer served with additional soy sauce for dipping.

Asian Lettuce Wrap Recipe


  • 1 large head iceberg lettuce
  • 1 tablespoon grape seed oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice
  • 1 pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 5 green onions, sliced thinly, white and light green parts only
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • 1 lime


  1. With a pairing knife, remove the core from the bottom side of the lettuce. Peel away the outer layer of lettuce and discard. Gently peel away the layers of lettuce, being careful not to tear them. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the turkey, season with salt and pepper, and cook until browned. Add the onions and cook until soft, 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, jalapeño, and carrots. Cook for another 2 minutes. Mix in the Chinese five spice, red pepper flakes, and soy sauce. Cook until soy sauce has been absorbed, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Scoop meat mixture into the lettuce cups, doubling up lettuce cups if they are too thin. Garnish with green onions, cilantro leaves, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

Serves 4-6

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11 Responses to Asian Lettuce Wraps

  1. Oh my gosh do these ever look divine!?! I love a good lettuce wrap. Beautiful. And congrats on them being featured on Tasty Kitchen!! Pinning.

  2. Morning, Emily! Your wraps look like the perfect meal for my boyfriend and I. Like you, we have mostly meat and veggie-based diet – I definitely like that eating this way give you sustained energy and makes your noggin more focused ;) Chinese five spice is clearly something I need to seek out – I would probably use the crap out of it but until now have never even heard of it – this is quite the discovery for me! Thanks for a delicious idea.

    • Sage Recipes says:

      Thanks Julia! I have only been cutting out carbs at night and focusing on eating them earlier in the day for about 2 weeks now, but it is amazing how much more energy I have! Yes, Chinese five spice is a blend of a few different warm spices. It’s easily available at all grocery stores! Enjoy!

  3. priscilla says:

    These look delicious Emily!

  4. myfudo says:

    Lovely idea…I can even replace the turkey with tuna so I can use this recipe for the lenten season. Light, delicious and healthy…Kinda like that. Thanks for sharing.

  5. These look great – love your photos! Think I will try a version myself. Thanks for the inspiration!

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