Food Stylist: Anne Disrude
Prop Stylist: Marcus Hay

Grilled Pork Lettuce Wraps

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 40 min
  • Prep: 2 hr 30 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
Marinated and grilled pork chops are often served with rice in Vietnam but here they’re done as lettuce wraps. Though it does require time to marinate, this dish comes together quite quickly and thanks to crunchy cucumber, spicy jalapeño and plentiful fresh herbs, there’s no shortage of texture and flavor.


For the Pork:

For the Sauce and Fixings:


  1. Prepare the pork: Mash the garlic into a paste with the flat side of a knife. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the lemongrass, shallots, brown sugar, fish sauce, soy sauce, vegetable oil and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Add the pork and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Make the sauce: Whisk the lime juice, fish sauce, granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 cup water in a small bowl. Stir in the carrot, chile sauce and garlic.
  3. Preheat a grill to high. Brush the grill with vegetable oil. Remove the pork from the marinade and grill until well marked, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes, then cut into strips. Arrange the pork and lettuce on a platter; set out the herbs, cucumber, jalapeño and fried shallots for fixings. Assemble the lettuce wraps and serve with the carrot sauce and shrimp chips.