Teriyaki Lettuce Wraps


Teriyaki Lettuce Wraps

USDA Mixing Bowl
Lettuce wraps are a high-protein, savory snack. The crispy crunch of the lettuce pairs well with the meaty filling. Have the filling prepared in advance for a quick energy boost. These could also be served as a lunch or dinner. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 6
Calories 200 kcal


  • 1 pound ground turkey (85% lean)
  • 1 (8-ounce) can water chestnuts
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce, reduced sodium
  • 6 iceberg lettuce leaves


  • Wipe off top of the can of water chestnuts. Drain, rinse and chop. Wash, separate and dry lettuce leaves.
  • Heat oil in a skillet or heavy saucepan and add turkey. Stir and cook until browned.
  • Mix the water, cornstarch and teriyaki sauce.
  • Add mixture and water chestnuts to cooked turkey. Cook and stir until thickened.
  • Serve on a lettuce leaf.


Smart Shopping Tips
  • Use any kind of greens you like. Try butter lettuce, romaine, kale or chard.
  • When buying lettuce, look for full green leaves. Avoid lettuce with brown spots and wilting leaves.
Cooking & Serving Tips:
  • Add a few chopped peanuts for more crunch.
  • Cooked, shredded chicken or pork is also a good filling for lettuce wraps.
  • Adding more vegetables will boost nutrition and make the filling go further. Try adding some chopped celery, shredded carrots, minced onion or diced sweet peppers.
  • Mashed beans can be used in place of meat to make this a vegetarian meal.
  • Make filling ahead of time and use within 3-4 days.
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