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Feb 20, 2014

Stir-Fried Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Looking for a healthy recipe that is also quick to prepare and really, really tasty? Look no further! This is a go-to recipe at my house all year round. My husband and I have it so often that we've come up with quite a few adaptations. We double the amount of sauce, since that's the tastiest part, and also add some Worcestershire to the turkey as it cooks to give it a little more oomph. Instead of cooking the jalapeno with the shallot, ginger and garlic, we prefer to add it fresh as a topping at the end. Feel free to try it both ways and let us know which you prefer!

Stir-Fried Turkey Lettuce Wraps (adapted from Everyday Food)

1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large shallot, finely chopped
2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound ground turkey (93 percent lean)
2 large heads Bibb, Boston, or iceberg lettuce, leaves separated

Optional Toppings:
Shredded carrot
Chopped scallions
Lime juice
A small jalapeno or serrano chile, seeded and finely chopped


In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, fish sauce, and sugar and stir until sugar dissolves. Set sauce aside.

Heat a large skillet or wok over high until hot. Add oil and swirl to coat skillet. Add shallot, ginger, garlic, and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add turkey and Worcestershire sauce and cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until almost cooked through, 5 minutes. Add half to 3/4ths of the sauce to skillet and stir until meat is cooked through, about 2 minutes. Serve in lettuce leaves with remaining sauce, and add desired toppings.

You can substitute any ground meat -- pork, chicken, or beef -- in this dish. We usually like to serve these with rice, but they are pretty filling on their own and only 246 calories per serving if prepared according to the original recipe.

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