Hoisin Pork Lettuce Wraps


We took off for Tofino for spring break – a quick trip shortened considerably by a bout of pneumonia (I know!), and with my limited appetite and the abundance of good food to be had out there, I wound up not cooking much. But it occurred to me that these have been sitting in my drafts folder, not shared due to lack of photos, which is a shame because pork lettuce wraps are fast and easy and insanely good, and fit the bill if you have to come up with something gluten or dairy free, or to eat with your hands in front of the TV (but you still want it to have some sort of nutritional value). I cook the ground pork (cheap!) and veggies in a skillet, add enough hoisin sauce and cilantro to make it taste good, scrape it into a bowl and stick it on the table with a head of lettuce (if you’re feeling fancy, separated into leaves) – it’s also the best thing, besides Cheezies, to have on the table when you’re playing cards or Scrabble or working on a puzzle. (All spring break things, especially when your spring break involves snow and/or rain.)

You could use ground chicken, turkey or beef in place of the pork, or try chopped mushrooms, shrimp or tofu. Lettuce wraps work as a party food, appetizer or main course – if you like, set out extra cilantro, chopped peanuts and a bottle of sriracha for everyone to add their own.

Hoisin Pork Lettuce Wraps


April 2, 2017


canola or vegetable oil, for cooking

sesame oil, for cooking

1 red pepper, seeded and diced

1 lb ground pork

2 Tbsp. soy sauce (or to taste)

a small handful of cilantro, chopped (optional)

a few green onions, chopped

1/3 cup hoisin sauce (or to taste)

chopped peanuts, for serving

small red or green leaf or butter lettuce leaves, for serving


1Set a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add a drizzle of canola and sesame oil and sauté the pepper for a few minutes, until starting to soften. Add the pork and cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon until it’s no longer pink. Add the soy sauce, cilantro and onions to the pan and cook, breaking everything up and stirring to combine until everything is cooked and any excess moisture has cooked off. Add the hoisin sauce and stir to heat through.

2Serve the pork mixture in a bowl, topped with peanuts, with lettuce leaves to wrap, roll and eat. (If you like, serve extra cilantro and peanuts alongside for people to add to their lettuce wraps.) Serves 4-6.


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2 comments on “Hoisin Pork Lettuce Wraps

  1. Heather
    April 5, 2017 at 4:01 am

    I love love LOVE lettuce wraps! Thanks for the recipe 🙂


  2. AndreaDW
    April 27, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    These were very good, even my 2 year old loved it! Thanks

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