Thai lettuce wraps are an all-around favorite in our household and I end up making them every 4-6 weeks most of the year. They are savory and filling, and work well for nights when different members of the family need to eat dinner at different times due to work, recreation or school activities. Does this ever happen in your household? You could go for the take-out option and purchase Thai lettuce wraps at most Thai restaurants…but they are very easy to make, and when you make them at home you control the ingredients, which is an advantage you get when you cook at home. By the way, these are a little high in salt, in case you were wondering. If you follow a lower salt diet, omit the extra salt from the recipe and make these a “once in a while” dinner, instead of a regular part of your monthly recipe lineup.
These particular lettuce wraps are made with 99% fat free ground turkey, and you can make the filling and sauce the day before you want to serve them. This makes them a good choice for a Weeknight Quick and Easy dinner, since you cook once, but you should have enough to serve them twice.
One note on fish sauce. This is a very pungent strong-flavored sauce made from fermented fish and is commonly used in Thai cooking. If you can’t find fish sauce, or don’t like the flavor, you can omit it or try substituting a little Worcestershire sauce, or a little ponzu sauce (a citrus flavored soy sauce with a little fish flavoring). The flavor won’t be quite the same, but it will still be delicious.