Turkey Larb - Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Turkey Larb - Asian turkey lettuce wraps with citrusy ground turkey seasoned with fresh herbs, spices and a 5-min lettuce wrap sauce that is also turkey seasoning. Wrap in lettuce and devour!

Turkey Larb - Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Diet Info: DF GF F LF Na LS VG V Fa

Sharing today a flavorful Turkey Lettuce Wraps recipe loaded with citrusy and salty Asian flavors. Turkey Larb Or Larb Gai is a turkey salad made with ground turkey cooked with flavorful aromatics, and then seasoned with a citrusy dressing that makes turkey larb lite and refreshing. Warp in lettuce and crunchy vegetables, pour over more sauce and devour!

The 5-min lettuce wrap sauce works double duty; 1) as seasoning to make authentic tangy salty turkey; 2) a pour-over lettuce wrap sauce. Even though recipe calls for lean ground turkey but the turkey larb is not dry. Thanks to the lettuce wrap sauce which keeps cooked turkey moist and juicy!

Turkey Larb

Turkey Larb  (or Turkey Laap) is a healthier spin on chicken or meat lettuce wraps.  I love how this simply refreshing salad is packed with lean protein and still is very filling and loaded with refreshing flavors. You can serve Turkey Larb as an appetizer or as salad-for-dinner. (read on to know more)

Turkey Larb tastes citrusy, salty with hint of heat and sweetness. A lot of fresh mint and scallions gives larb a crunchy bite. I highly recommend serving white jasmine rice or sticky rice on the side.

Ground Turkey Larb

What Do You Need To Make Turkey Larb?

This recipe needs 8 ingredients, most importantly ground turkey and seasonings to make soft turkey wraps.

Here are the list of ingredients to make larb:

  1. Ground Turkey
  2. Lime Juice
  3. Mint
  4. Spices
  5. Thai chili
  6. Scallion
  7. Red onion
  8. Soy Sauce
  9. Fish Sauce
  10. Salt, pepper and sugar
  11. Toasted Rice Powder (recipe included)
  12. Bibb Lettuce for serving as lettuce wraps
  13. Carrots and/or radish stick for serving.

To make the turkey larb, I start by mixing the sauce. I make a double batch of sauce; 1) to seasoning the turkey larb; 2) to serving on the side as lettuce wrap sauce.

To cook turkey for larb, I sauté aromatics - onion, garlic, chili, and spices. Next, cook turkey breaking with wooden spatula as it cooks. Once turkey is no longer pink, mix in sauce seasoning. Cook until liquid is almost absorbed. That's it!

Turkey is ready. Take off heat. Mix in fresh herbs - mint and cilantro and scallions. Transfer to a serving platter. 

Turkey Larb - Turkey Lettuce Wraps

How to serve Turkey Larb?

Turkey larb can be served at room temperature or warm. Serve lettuce wraps and sticky rice on the side.

If not serving extra sauce on side then serve lime wedges to splash fresh lime on lettuce wrap before eating.

To serve as salad or turkey larb bowl - chop lettuce, add carrots, scallions, radish (if using). Divide vegetables into salad bowls. Top with a scoop of sticky white rice. Top with scoop of turkey laap, and fresh herbs - chopped mint and cilantro. Drizzle seasoning and toasted rice on the top as desired.

Turkey Larb

Tips for Success:

  1. As ground turkey cooks, using wooden spoon break turkey to smaller chunks. 
  2. Don't skimp on lime juice. It is the key flavor of turkey larb.
  3. Cook the fish sauce based seasoning with turkey. This way the turkey gets time to cook through, it stays moist and there will be no fish smell.
  4. If don't like fish sauce, substitute fish sauce with half quantity of soy sauce.
  5. Recipe is glute free when gluten free soy and fish sauce are used.

Friends, serve something different as appetizer in your next family-gathering. These turkey larb lettuce wraps are refreshing, easy to cook and loaded with flavor. I'm sure your guests will enjoy. Don't forget to serve extra sauce and sticky rice on the side.

Pairing Ideas:

Chinese Chicken Salad Asian Cucumber Salad Shrimp Pad Thai

Turkey Larb - Turkey Lettuce Wraps

5 (3 reviews)
Turkey Larb - Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time: Cuisine: Asian () Difficulty: Easy
Yields: 1 lb Turkey Larb - Serves: 6

Ingredients

Turkey Larb
Dressing
For Serving

Directions

  • 1. Make Toasted Rice Powder Heat a large heavy bottom skillet. Add rice and dry toast rice until rice turn golden brown. (about 3-5 minutes) Remove in a plate or a large paper napkin. Let cool completely then grind to powder in a spice grinder. Set aside.
  • 2. Mix Dressing In a small bowl, mix fish sauce, soy sauce, lime juice and sugar. Mix well until sugar is fully dissolved. Set aside. Additional Notes: Double the recipe to serve one portion as sauce on the side.
  • 3. Cook Turkey Heat oil in skillet on medium-high heat. Add minced garlic, half of red onion, all-spice, and chili flakes. Cook for 1 minutes or until onions are soft. Add ground turkey. Top with 1/4 tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp of pepper. Cook breaking often with wooden spoon until meat is no longer pink. (about 4-5 minutes) Add dressing mixed in step-2 into the turkey. Cook stirring often for 3-4 minutes or until turkey is cooked through.
  • 4. Make Turkey Larb Take pan off heat. Sprinkle 2 tbsps of the toasted rice powder on top of the turkey. Fold in remaining red onions, scallion, lime zest, minced thai chili (if using), half of the chopped cilantro and mint leaves. Taste and adjust salt and black pepper.
  • 5. Garnish and Serve Transfer turkey laap to a serving platter. Garnish with remaining mint and cilantro leaves. Serve lettuce leaves on the side to make lettuce wraps. Serve remaining toasted rice powder, and lime wedges on the side. Enjoy!
Savita's Notes:
  1. If not serving extra sauce on side then serve lime wedges to splash fresh lime on lettuce wrap before eating.
  2. As ground turkey cooks, using wooden spoon break turkey to smaller chunks. 
  3. Don't skimp on lime juice. It is the key flavor of turkey larb.
  4. Cook the fish sauce based seasoning with turkey. This way the turkey gets time to cook through, it stays moist and there will be no fish smell.
  5. If don't like fish sauce, substitute fish sauce with half quantity of soy sauce.
  6. Recipe is glute free when gluten free soy and fish sauce are used.
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6 Responses

  1. I love that this recipe is low carb! Adding to my dinner lineup asap!
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  2. Oh yum! I love how you made this with ground turkey. The flavors sound absolutely amazing. Such a great meal.
    Thanks. Turkey larb is best made with ground turkey. That way it is perfectly seasoned, moist and easy to wrap in lettuce.
  3. So tasty! Love the flavors of the mint and cilantro that really come through and the sauce is wonderful.
    Thanks. You got it! Mint makes a lot of difference in flavor.