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Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce

Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps are a lower-cal model of Vietnamese rice paper rolls. The recent herbs and peanut dipping sauce are key right here! All the things else you may change: prawns for shredded rooster, fish and even tofu, with any shreddable veg you need. Wonderful no-cook meal!

Vietnamese lettuce wraps
Vietnamese lettuce wrap platter

Vietnamese lettuce wraps

These lettuce wraps should not strictly Vietnamese genuine (so far as I do know), however they definitely embrace all that we love about Vietnamese meals – recent and light-weight but by no means boring, utilizing an abundance of crunchy greens, herbs and a killer peanut dipping sauce.

That’s undoubtedly a signature of Vietnamese meals – wickedly good sauces that make every part scrumptious! Truthfully, you may simply smother a bowl of in any other case bland boiled greens in that sauce and it’ll make it 100% scoff-able!

Vietnamese peanut sauce for Vietnamese lettuce wraps
Drizzling sauce on Vietnamese lettuce wraps

Elements in Vietnamese lettuce wraps

Right here’s what that you must make these. Sure there are a good few parts. However when you collect every part, it’s only a matter of a little bit of chopping then piling every part on platters for individuals to assist themselves. No cooking! 🙌🏻

The peanut dipping sauce

I’m placing this primary as a result of, frankly, it makes you neglect you’re maintaining a healthy diet as a result of it’s so good!

Vietnamese peanut dipping sauce
  • Pure peanut butter – Pure peanut butter is made with JUST peanuts – no sugar, oil or different components – so the peanut flavour is stronger. It’s additionally thinner which makes it extra appropriate for making sauces – business unfold will make the sauce a lot thicker. You’ll discover pure peanut butter within the well being meals part or alongside different spreads in common grocery shops.

  • Hoisin – Candy and savoury, this can be a flavour shortcut so don’t skip it!

  • Lime juice – For recent tang. Substitute with rice vinegar.

  • LOW FAT coconut milk – Thinner than full fats (so the sauce isn’t too thick) and in addition the coconut flavour isn’t as robust so it doesn’t overwhelm the opposite flavours. Should you solely have full fats, that’s fantastic, simply skinny it with a bit water, instructions within the recipe notes.

  • Garlic – As a result of it makes it higher.

  • Sambal oelak – A chilli paste with flavourings, for a bit of warmth. It doesn’t make this sauce spicy. Substitute with another chilli sauce or paste (simply add a bit and style) or be at liberty to depart it out.

  • Darkish soy – Deepens the sauce color and provides flavour plus salt. You’ll be able to substitute with common or mild soy sauce, however the sauce color might be a bit paler.

  • Sugar – For a contact of sweetness. Should you use full fats coconut milk or business peanut butter unfold, you may not want this.

  • Salt – Simply the soy isn’t sufficient, and including extra made it too soy-saucey, I discovered, and overtook the peanut flavour. So I switched to including a little bit of salt.


Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps with Prawns
  • Prawns/shrimp – Right here in Australia, we’re blessed with nice prawns! Bought pre-cooked, boiled straight out of the water to lock in freshness. Nonetheless, be at liberty to prepare dinner your personal, I’ve included instructions within the recipe notes.

    Different protein choices – As a result of the peanut sauce is so good, you may actually use any protein even when it’s plain! Suppose – shredded poached rooster, or leftover pan-fried fish or salmon (flake into huge chunks), and even non-Asian meals like bits of roast beef. And naturally, leftover Lemongrass Hen or Pork would actually be good. 🙂

  • Lettuce – Use any lettuce you need appropriate for wrapping or stuffing. I’ve used child cos (romaine) that are good and crisp, that are pure boat-shapes making them best for making lettuce wraps. Butter lettuce, which have comfortable leaves so that they wrap with out breaking, are additionally best. Iceberg lettuce can be used.

  • Beansprouts – Perky and recent, and no chopping! (Tip: Retailer in a container of water, absolutely submerged, change the water each couple of days. They are going to keep recent for every week, in comparison with 2 – 3 days within the bag).

  • Cucumber – Julienned. Not too finely, a little bit of crunchy is good!

Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps with Prawns
  • Recent herbs – The basic mixture of mint and coriander/cilantro, for use in abundance! For these of you who can’t stand coriander/cilantro, use extra mint plus chives and/or inexperienced onion (reduce into batons).

  • Vermicelli noodles – or glass noodles. These fill out the meal a bit so it’s not simply greens. However if you happen to’re actually counting carbs, you may omit them or go for a lower-carb choice like konnyaku (konjac) that are the well-known Japanese zero-calorie noodles that you could even discover in common grocery shops nowadays (like this one at Woolworths in Australia).

  • Peanuts – for sprinkling.

  • Birds eye chilli – for an elective hit of recent warmth and a stunning sprinkle of purple color on the platter.


You’ll be able to completely simply use plain carrots, finely julienned utilizing a shredded or field grater, or some nifty knife work.

Or you may add nice further flavour into your wraps by making Vietnamese pickled greens! These are the identical pickles utilized in Banh Mi and it’s one of many issues that makes it so particular: the crunch with the tang balanced with a little bit of candy. Right here’s what you want:

Chicken Banh Mi ingredients
  • Carrot and daikon (white radish) – These are two pickled greens generally utilized in Vietnam, together with in Banh Mi. They’re reduce into skinny batons so that you get a terrific crunch (albeit pickled-softened-crunch!) once you chunk in them. Don’t be tempted to shortcut reducing the greens by utilizing a field grater. I attempted (the lazy prepare dinner in me couldn’t resist) – and it simply wasn’t the identical. An enormous vinegary pile of coleslaw-like mush. I missed the crunch!

  • Rice wine vinegar – That is the vinegar used for the pickled greens, an Asian vinegar made out of rice. Substitute with apple cider vinegar.

  • Salt and sugar – For pickling. These pickled greens are a bit candy and bit salty, good stability between the 2.

Pickled vegetables for banh mi

Methods to make Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps

It’s no prepare dinner, if you happen to use pre-cooked prawns like I do!

Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps with Prawns
  1. Soak vermicelli noodles in boiling water for five minutes (or no matter your packet says). Then drain, rinse underneath water (so that they don’t stick collectively) and permit extra water to empty off completely earlier than utilizing (about 5 minutes within the colander).

  2. Fast pickled greens – Dissolve the sugar and salt in scorching water, then combine within the vinegar.

  3. Pickle the carrot and daikon for two hours then drain. Or preserve them within the pickling liquid for weeks!

  4. Lower the prawns in half horizontally and take away the vein (that’s a pleasant phrase for poop shoot which I actually needed to keep away from writing, however for readability, determined I higher embody it 😂).

    I like to chop the prawns thinner as a result of they sit inside lettuce wraps higher. I discover entire prawns a bit too chunky, although if I used to be utilizing small prawns I might use them entire.

Lay all of it out on a platter

Principally, as soon as the above prep has been accomplished, you simply lay every part out on a large platter or in numerous bowls, plonk it on the desk and inform individuals make your personal dinner! 😂

Vietnamese lettuce wrap platter


And as for the lettuce wrap half, there actually are not any guidelines. However right here’s a information for the order wherein I do it:

  1. Noodles first then no matter greens you wish to add. As a result of – newsflash – you don’t should stuff every part you see on the platter into each lettuce wrap!!

  2. Prawns – Prime with prawns and stuff the herbs down the aspect.

  3. Sauce – Drizzle with sauce, sprinkle with peanuts and chilli.

  4. Then bundle it up and chunk!

Vietnamese lettuce wrap bundled and ready to eat

And there you might have it. One other one among my DIY unfold meals. I’m a giant fan of those for gatherings! Take extra of what you want, keep away from the stuff you don’t. All the things will be ready properly prematurely, piled onto the platters then saved within the fridge till you’re able to serve.

Bonus: It travels properly. The truth is, I despatched the platters you see on this put up to my crew at RecipeTin Meals. They prepare dinner for the weak 5 days every week, so it’s the least I can do to prepare dinner for them once in a while. (Properly, technically shoot leftovers…..identical, identical! 😈).

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Vietnamese lettuce wraps

Vietnamese Peanut Sauce Lettuce Wraps

Servings4 as a meal

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Recipe video above. Such an excellent DIY summer season unfold, a daily all via summer season in my circles! It is basically a lower-cal model of Vietnamese rice paper rolls. The recent herbs and the peanut sauce are key right here! All the things else you may change: prawns for shredded rooster, pan fried salmon or different fish (flake into huge chunks) and even tofu (I pan fry batons). Use no matter shreddable veg you need. Emergency model: retailer purchased roast rooster (shredded) + packet shredded coleslaw veg + peanut sauce + noodles. SO GOOD.


  • Pickle first – Put the boiling water, salt and sugar in a bowl. Combine to to dissolve, then add vinegar. Submerge greens and depart for two hours. Drain then use per recipe (or retailer in fridge submerged in liquid).

  • Peanut sauce – Combine the peanut sauce components and put aside for the flavours to meld whilst you put together the platter. Begin with 1 tbsp lime juice and add extra if you would like tarter.

  • Prawns (shrimp) – Lower the prawns in half horizontally and take away the vein.

  • Noodles – Soak the noodles in boiling water per packet instructions. Rinse underneath chilly water (to forestall stickiness) then drain very properly.

  • Lay all of it out – Pile every part onto a large platter or put issues in little bowls, then let everyone assist themselves!

  • Assemble – Here is my order: lettuce leaf, noodles first, then veg* (carrots, bean sprouts and so forth), prawns, stuff herbs down the aspect, drizzle with sauce, sprinkle with peanuts and chilli. Bundle and chunk!

Recipe Notes:

* Generally I prefer to be a insurgent and never use all of the veg in each lettuce wrap, particularly if I’m utilizing small lettuce leaves. Simply put what you need in your lettuce wrap!
1. Or prepare dinner your personal – simply toss 300g/10oz uncooked peeled prawns with a bit salt and pepper. Preheat oil in non stick pan on excessive and prepare dinner either side for 1 1/2 min (medium) to 2 minutes (giant ones), then take away.
2. Pure peanut butter is simply peanuts, no sugar no salt. Flavour is extra intense and it’s runnier than peanut butter unfold which makes it thought for sauces. Combine properly earlier than use because it separates if not used frequently. Can sub with peanut butter unfold however your sauce might be thicker with barely much less peanut flavour.
3. Low fats coconut milk is thinner which makes the sauce not too thick. Should you solely have full fats, that’s fantastic, use 1/4 cup then prime up with water.
4. Darkish soy is extra intense flavoured than common and light-weight soy, and darkens sauce color. However you may substitute with mild or all-purpose soy (extra on distinction soy sauces right here).
Leftovers – The peanut sauce will preserve for 4 days within the fridge or freezer for 3 months. 
Vitamin assumes all of the sauce and vermicelli noodles are consumed, and half the pickles. You in all probability received’t use all of the pickles however you’ll be fantastic with that as a result of they final for weeks and weeks within the fridge!

Vitamin Data:

Energy: 320cal (16%)Carbohydrates: 40g (13%)Protein: 18g (36%)Fats: 9g (14%)Saturated Fats: 3g (19%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 2gMonounsaturated Fats: 3gTrans Fats: 0.01gLdl cholesterol: 95mg (32%)Sodium: 1075mg (47%)Potassium: 748mg (21%)Fiber: 6g (25%)Sugar: 13g (14%)Vitamin A: 7316IU (146%)Vitamin C: 30mg (36%)Calcium: 167mg (17%)Iron: 3mg (17%)

Lifetime of Dozer

That is how he kicked off the brand new 12 months – begging for the very croissant we simply gave to Jeff*. Disgrace on you Dozer. Disgrace on you! 😂

* Jeff is a neighborhood who lives at Bayview canine park within the northern seashores of Sydney the place I lived for 10 years till 10 months in the past. I nonetheless take Dozer for a romp on the seaside frequently! Jeff is a giant cause why individuals journey from throughout Sydney to go to Bayview canine park – as a result of he’s the explanation why the park is so pristine.

Dozer final walk at Bayview

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