These lettuce wraps are ready in under 30 minutes, can feed a big family or a handful of guests, and they’re lower carb! Sprinkled with different vegetables and a sweet and spicy flavor, they’re the perfect summertime dish – that’s real flavor, real fast.
Their filling is light, healthy, and slightly sweet yet nutty and spicy. The sweet and spicy sauce covers ground pork and veggies inside crisp lettuce cups for a flavorful, low-carb dinner!
Tutorial On Making The Best Sweet and Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps:
For the sauce
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 tbsp coconut aminos or soy sauce
- 2 tbsp nut butter peanut butter or cashew butter is best
- 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp honey omit for whole30 option
- 2 tsp fresh ground ginger
- 2 tsp sriracha more or less to adjust spice level
For the lettuce wraps
- 1 lb. ground pork
- 1 (8 oz.) can water chestnuts (drained and diced)
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 red pepper (diced)
- 1 small yellow onion (diced)
- Butter lettuce leaves for serving
- Topping: scallions cilantro and crushed peanuts to top
Sauce for serving (optional):
- 3 tbsp coconut aminos or soy sauce
- 1 tbsp nut butter
- 2 tsp honey
- 1 tsp sriracha
Start by combining all the sauce ingredients into a medium-sized bowl and mix thoroughly. Then set it aside.
Next, pour 1 teaspoon olive oil in the large pan or wok set over medium-high heat.
Once the pan gets hot, add the ground pork and cook until it is no longer pink. Also, make sure to stir it occasionally so that you get that nice and crispy golden brown texture.
Once the pork has finished cooking, add the water chestnuts, red pepper, carrots, and onion and cook until soft, for approximately 5-7 minutes.
Now, mix the sauce in until it’s fully combined. Then reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer for about 8-10 minutes, to thicken and enhance the flavor.
Then, take the pan off the heat and serve it in your lettuce cup. You may need to double the size of the lettuce cups to create a stronger wrap.
If desired, top with chopped scallions, cilantro, and peanuts.
If you decide to make the sauce, start by whisking all of the ingredients together in a small bowl while the pork filling simmers.
Finally, top the lettuce wraps with sauce before serving.