Thai Pork Lettuce Wraps

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"These wraps are easy to prepare and have lots of flavour without the long list of ingredients that some recipes have. This recipe came from Cook's Illustrated, but I changed the pork to the more user friendly ground pork, and used a Thai chili instead of the pepper flakes. The prep time includes the resting of the pork etc."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (255.3 g)
  • Calories 429
  • Total Fat - 27.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 9.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 107.2 mg
  • Sodium - 182.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 15.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.6 g
  • Sugars - 6.7 g
  • Protein - 31.5 g
  • Calcium - 75.9 mg
  • Iron - 2.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 29.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.9 mg

Step 1

Stir 1 tbsp fish sauce into ground pork and marinate, refrigerated for 15 minutes.

Step 2

Heat rice in small skillet over medium-high heat; cook stirring constantly until deep golden brown, about 5 minutes.

Step 3

Transfer rice to small bowl and cool for 5 minutes.

Step 4

Grind rice with mortar and pestle, spice grinder or mini food processor until it resembles fine meal, 10-30 seconds; you should have about 1 tbsp rice powder.

Step 5

Bring broth to a simmer in large skillet over medium-high heat.

Step 6

Add pork and cook, stirring frequently, until about half of the pork is no longer pink, about 2 minutes.

Step 7

Sprinkle 1 tsp rice powder over pork; continue to cook, stirring constantly until remaining pork is no longer pink, 1-1 1/2 minutes longer.

Step 8

Transfer pork to a large bowl; let cool 10 minutes.

Step 9

Add remaining 1 1/2 tsp fish sauce, remaining 2 tsp rice powder, shallots, lime juice, sugar, Thai chili, mint and cilantro to pork; toss to combine.

Step 10

Serve with lettuce leaves.

Step 11

This can be a main for 4 people or an appetizer for 6.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



We did enjoy the wraps...loved the mint and cilantro flavors...every once in a while we got a bit of rice that didn't turn into powder...I did give the pestle grinding to the hubby...but I felt he did an excellent job...made for "Bill Board" tag game.

review by:
(2 Jun 2017)


These made a great lunch for us today. Love those Asian flavors! Thank you for sharing your recipe with us Patti! Linda

(9 Oct 2014)


I love lettuce wraps and I love Thai, make for a lovely light lunch or evening meal. I didn't happen to have mint on hand, other than that followed through as posted. I also made these up using ground beef - either or I enjoyed every bite.

review by:
(1 May 2014)


I made these using hot pepper flakes and it turned out lovely. This made for a very nice light lunch. A keeper recipe!!

review by:
(5 Sep 2013)


I did not make these but my daughter made these (well I did help) a while ago and I somehow forgot to rate this, she served them to a group of gals who really enjoyed eating them, so thank you!

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(28 Jun 2013)

Bergy (RIP" Forever in our Kitchen)

5 star How else would I rate this tasty recipe. We loved it as our Sunday appetizer Mmmmm

(7 Apr 2013)