These Thai-inspired lettuce wraps are so good, you wouldn’t believe they are completely plant based! Seriously, recipe is even better than takeout. Try this simple Thai lettuce wraps recipe for a truly great meal.

Thai lettuce wraps recipe

Step aside, take out. This Thai lettuce wraps recipe will have you enjoying the best that take out has to offer, yet in the comfort of your own home. And you’ll know exactly what’s in these delicious, plant powered wraps!

Bursting with flavor, this may soon become a family fav recipe for Meatless Monday (or any day of the week).

Table of Contents
  1. How to Make Thai Lettuce Wraps
  2. Freezing Tips
  3. Vegan Protein Options
  4. FAQs
  5. More Plant-Based Recipes
  6. Thai Lettuce Wraps Recipe

How to Make Thai Lettuce Wraps

If you’ve already taken a peek at the recipe, don’t balk at the number of ingredients. This recipe uses 100% fresh ingredients + spices, and the flavor combo is out of this world. They are super easy to cook + assemble, so stick with me and you’ll be in foodie heaven.

I like to start with the ‘meat’ mixture. Using a mix of walnuts and mushrooms along with several delicious veggies, the base of the Thai lettuce wraps is slightly spicy and super filling. You can swap the walnuts with cashews, peanuts, or almonds. The mushrooms can be swapped with another veggie, or just swap with more walnuts.

Feel free to use as much or as little cilantro and mint as you want. These are great for flavor, yet aren’t needed if you’d rather leave them out. This recipe is originally from my Simple Green Meals cookbook, and has been tested several times for perfection.

Freezing Tips

You can easily make these Thai lettuce wraps ahead of time or make several servings at once, then freeze. Doubling the recipe takes very little extra work, and then you’ve got a super easy meal for next week.

To freeze, make the filling up to step 3. Once you remove from heat, don’t add any other ingredients. Allow to cool completely, then store in a freezer-safe container.

When you’re ready to eat, remove the mixture from the freezer. Thaw enough to break up, then heat in a skillet over low heat until warm. Once warmed, continue to follow the recipe instructions in step 3. You’ll be on your way to enjoying the Thai lettuce wraps recipe in no time!

Plant based Thai lettuce wraps

Vegan Protein Options

If you love chicken, then toss some grilled chicken in instead of the walnut + mushroom mix. Yet if you’re ready to try something new (and delicious!), then give this plant-powered recipe a try. Here are some more plant based protein options if you want to change up the walnut + mushroom filling:

  • Tofu
  • black beans
  • 100% walnuts
  • Cashews
  • Almond + mushroom mix

Obviously changing the recipe will change the flavor, yet don’t be afraid to turn this Thai lettuce wraps recipe into your own creation.

FAQs

What lettuce do you use for lettuce wraps?

Butter lettuce works best for this recipe, as this leafy green has sturdy big leaves that are easy to wrap. You can also use big romaine leaves, though they will turn your wraps into ‘tacos.’

Are lettuce wraps good for weight loss?

Yes! This recipe has a great balance of healthy fat, carbs, and protein. It’s both filling and full of plants, a win-win.

What if I can’t do spicy food?

Not a problem! These Thai lettuce wraps carry a bite from the fresh ginger and red pepper flakes. You can use ground ginger for less of a kick as well as omit the pepper flakes if needed.

More Plant-Based Recipes

While I’m all about eating more plants, I also need to feel full + satisfied after a meal. Here are a few super filling and super fabulous plant based meals you can easily add to your next Meatless Monday or vegetarian night:

To help my family eat more plants, I even created my own meal planner, Rawk the Year. It has hundreds of plant forward recipes to help you incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet. So the recipes are kid tested + kid approved too!

Don’t forget to rate + review this recipe once you’ve tried it. I love getting your feedback!

4.97 from 29 votes

Thai Lettuce Wraps

When I became a vegetarian at 16 years old, one of the meals I missed the most was the chicken lettuce wraps from my fav Chinese restaurant. This thai lettuce wrap recipe is inspired by those, yet this dish adds a lot more nourishment and flavors to make me one happy vegetarian.
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Entree, Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese-Inspired, Plant-Based, Thai-Inspired
Serves: 4

Ingredients  

Filling:

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 stalk celery thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup shallots minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger root
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms finely chopped
  • 2 cups raw walnuts chopped
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp mint fresh, chopped
  • 2 tbsp cilantro fresh, chopped
  • pinch crushed red-pepper flakes

For serving:

  • 12 leaves butter lettuce
  • 1 cup carrot shredded
  • ½ cup raw cashews chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro fresh, chopped
  • 1 cup green onions
  • 4 lime wedges

Instructions 

  • Warm a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and heat until shimmering. Add the celery and shallots and cook for 5 minutes. Add the ginger and garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in the mushrooms. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms release their liquid and it evaporates, and the mushrooms start to brown nicely. Add the walnuts and cook for 1 to 2 minutes to toast them.
  • Stir in the lime juice, tamari, coconut sugar, and rice vinegar. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until the sauce thickens slightly. Remove from the heat and stir in the mint, cilantro, and red-pepper flakes. Taste and add more tamari, if desired, for more saltiness. Keep warm until ready to serve.
  • To serve, spoon some of the vegetables into the lettuce leaves. Top with a sprinkling of carrots, cashews, cilantro, and scallions and add a squeeze of lime. Serve warm.

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Notes

  • To make nut free: remove the walnuts and double the mushrooms. Also, skip the cashews on top.
  • This is gluten free, just make sure to use a gluten free tamari.

Nutrition

Calories: 637kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 53g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 29g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10g, Sodium: 61mg, Potassium: 1083mg, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 7345IU, Vitamin C: 20mg, Calcium: 151mg, Iron: 5mg
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    1. Great question Kelly! Our fav is our Cashew Cream recipe, which you can find in our book Simple Green Meals. It’s a really versatile topping that can used on all kinds of dishes.

  1. 5 stars
    These look amazing! I’m not a fan of mushrooms, so I’m gonna take your suggestion and switch those out for some black beans instead.

  2. 5 stars
    I’m always shocked by how delicious these are. And I almost always double the mushrooms because mushrooms are the best 🙂

    1. So glad you liked them! This is totally a crowd fav Vicki. Sharing with friends is always a good idea. Unless you’re like me… I keep all the yummy to myself sometimes. 😉

    1. Yeah! So glad you got everyone on board. That’s a huge win!!!

  3. Love love love this recipe! I never seem to be able to find good lettuce leaves! Any suggestions? They’re either too small or too frail and fall apart! Usually end up just putting on a bed of lettuce!

    1. I would suggest searching at your favorite farmers market! I always find the best lettuce and veggies at mine!!

    2. 5 stars
      These are so delicious. Really hit the spot. My husband hates mushrooms but couldn’t even tell they were in there – he had multiple and really enjoyed them.
      I didn’t have cashews on hand, so I chopped peanuts instead, and it was good that way. We also added siracha on top.
      Can the filling be pre-made and frozen? I’d love to prep a big batch all at once since they are a lot of work.

    3. So glad this was a hit with both you and your husband! I’ve never tried freezing the filling but I don’t see why you couldn’t. That would def make dinner prep a lot easier! If you make a big batch and freeze, come back and let us know how it went. 🙂

  4. I would like to try this though need a substitute for mushrooms (allergic) any ideas?