Katie Lee Biegel makes her Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen
Recipe courtesy of Katie Lee Biegel

Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Active: 45 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
These lettuce cups filled with spicy ground pork take inspiration from Larb. Found in several Southeast Asian countries, Larb usually features seasoned ground meat served with sticky rice or lettuce cups, topped with fresh vegetables and herbs. Toasted rice powder is typically mixed into the seasoning for some crunch and to help thicken the dressing. Katie opts for ground peanuts instead to achieve a similar texture and nutty flavor. These can also be made with ground chicken, duck, turkey, or crumbled tofu in place of the ground pork. Fresh and flavorful, these lettuce cups are super easy to make at home any night of the week.


Scallion and Carrot Relish:



  1. For the scallion and carrot relish: Toss the soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil, carrots, scallions and lime juice in a medium bowl. Set aside in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  2. For the pork: Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the vegetable oil, and once hot, the pork. Cook the pork, breaking it up with the back of your spoon until it browns and is no longer pink, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the red pepper flakes, salt, garlic, ginger and shallots. Cook until they are aromatic and incorporated, another minute. Add the hoisin and stir to combine, then add the soy sauce. Cook until the pork is sticky and glazed, about 3 minutes. Transfer the pork to a serving bowl.
  3. Serve the pork with the lettuce leaves, some scallion and carrot relish, cilantro leaves, mint leaves, peanuts and sriracha, letting everyone build their own wraps with all the fixings.