Lettuce Cups are delicious. They are really simple to make and are incredibly satisfying for either a lunch or as an appetizer. I like to use butter lettuce or Romaine hearts as they stand up to the filling and are easy to handle. The lettuce crunch is essential!

Lettuce Cups

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Course: Lunch
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Degree of Difficulty : Easy
Servings: 4 people
Tip : I made this recently with finely diced left over turkey. It was delicious! When making this, if the sauce seems a little loose, mix one teaspoon of cornstarch with 2 teaspoons of water to make a slurry and add it to the mixture. Cook until the sauce becomes thicker.


  • 1 lb ground chicken turkey or pork
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp Asian chili sauce (hot)
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 3 tbsp shallots, finely chopped or 1/2 small Spanish onion, minced or 3 green onions finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 2-3 tbsp hoisin or oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 head romaine lettuce or bib lettuce
  • 2 tbsn chopped cilantro or 2 tsp. dried cilantro
  • 1/2 chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 chopped green bell pepper


Gather all ingredients before starting recipe.


    • Separate lettuce leaves. Choose leaves that have a rib and are shaped to hold the meat mixture.


    • Add 1 tbsp vegetable oil to a medium sized sauté pan over medium heat. Add 1 lb ground chicken, breaking up until the meat forms crumbles. About 5 minutes.
    • Add chopped peppers, green onions and cilantro and stir to combine. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.
    • Add 1 tbsp Asian chili sauce (hot), 2 cloves garlic, grated, 1 tbsp brown sugar, 2 tbsp ketchup, 1 tbsp brown sugar, 2-3 tbsp hoisin or oyster sauce , 1 tbsp fish sauce, and 1 tbsp soy sauce Cook over medium heat until the sauce becomes syrupy, about 10 minutes.


    • Serve minced meat in a bowl surrounded by lettuce leaves, allowing everyone to make their own lettuce cups. Alternatively, fill lettuce leaves with a generous amount of the meat mixture, top with more fresh chopped peppers and cilantro.

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