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When I get a craving for something for dinner I usually just search Google until I find a recipe that works for me. I had no luck coming up with the perfect recipe for lettuce wraps so I ended up mixing a few different recipes together and giving it my own spin until it was perfect. This has sense become one of our go to recipes in our house. I love that it is packed full of yummy veggies and made with lean turkey meat. The teriyaki sauce gives it the perfect flavoring (because we all know turkey needs a lot of help). Here’s my spin on it.

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Asian Teriyaki Turkey Lettuce Wraps


  • 1 pound Ground Turkey
  • 3 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 1 whole Red Onion (small)
  • 3 green onions
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 whole Red Bell Pepper
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1/4 cup Diced Water Chestnuts
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Teriyaki Sauce
  • 1 head Iceberg Lettuce

Preparation Instructions

The prep for this dish takes the longest, so get everything chopped and ready beforehand. Once you get cooking, you add ingredients fairly quickly.

Prep the veggies:
Dice the red onion, green onion, red pepper, and water chestnuts. Grate the carrot. Mince the garlic. Cut out the core of the iceberg lettuce and give it a rinse. Allow the lettuce to drain, and carefully loosen the leaves.

Prep the sauce:
Mix together the teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, chili sauce, rice wine vinegar, and 1 tablespoon sesame oil.

Heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the remaining sesame oil (2 tablespoons) to the pan, allow it to heat up for a minute, then add the diced red onion and red peppers. Cook the onion and peppers for a few minutes. When it starts to become translucent (after 4 or 5 minutes) add the carrots and green onion and cook a few minutes more. Then add the garlic. Cook for 30 seconds, then add the ground turkey meat. Brown the meat, then add the water chestnuts, stirring constantly. After another 3 or 4 minutes, add in the sauce. Stirring frequently, let this cook for 2 or 3 minutes. The sauce should thicken a bit.

Serve with the iceberg lettuce: take one leaf and add a few heaping spoonfuls of the meat mixture, fold up, and enjoy! I recommend serving this with steamed rice, or mixing the white rice in the lettuce cup with the meat mixture.

Don’t forget to grab a ton of napkins because this is a messy meal, not something you would want to serve on a first date. 3rd date, sure, by then it’s time to show a guy your true colors, but a first date meal it is not.