Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce


Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps are a lower-cal model of Vietnamese rice paper rolls. The contemporary herbs and peanut dipping sauce are key right here! All the pieces else you may change: prawns for shredded hen, fish and even tofu, with any shreddable veg you need. Glorious 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 – contemporary and lightweight 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 little thing scrumptious! Truthfully, you might 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

Components in Vietnamese lettuce wraps

Right here’s what you must make these. Sure there are a good few parts. However when you collect every little thing, it’s only a matter of a little bit of chopping then piling every little thing on platters for folks 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 contemporary tang. Substitute with rice vinegar.

  • LOW FAT coconut milk – Thinner than full fats (so the sauce isn’t too thick) and likewise the coconut flavour will not be as sturdy so it doesn’t overwhelm the opposite flavours. In case you solely have full fats, that’s high quality, 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 some other chilli sauce or paste (simply add a bit and style) or be happy to depart it out.

  • Darkish soy – Deepens the sauce color and provides flavour plus salt. You possibly can substitute with common or mild soy sauce, however the sauce color will probably be a bit paler.

  • Sugar – For a contact of sweetness. In case you use full fats coconut milk or business peanut butter unfold, you won’t 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. Nevertheless, be happy 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! Assume – shredded poached hen, 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 excellent. 🙂

  • 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 may also be used.

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

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

Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps with Prawns
  • Contemporary herbs – The traditional 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 (minimize 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 might omit them or go for a lower-carb possibility like konnyaku (konjac) that are the well-known Japanese zero-calorie noodles which you can even discover in common grocery shops lately (like this one at Woolworths in Australia).

  • Peanuts – for sprinkling.

  • Birds eye chilli – for an optionally available hit of contemporary warmth and a beautiful sprinkle of pink color on the platter.

QUICK PICKLED VEGETABLES – optionally available!

You possibly can 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 minimize into skinny batons so that you get a terrific crunch (albeit pickled-softened-crunch!) if you chew 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 constituted 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

The way 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 sizzling 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 complete prawns a bit too chunky, although if I used to be utilizing small prawns I might use them complete.

Lay all of it out on a platter

Principally, as soon as the above prep has been carried out, you simply lay every little thing out on a large platter or in varied bowls, plonk it on the desk and inform folks make your personal dinner! 😂

Vietnamese lettuce wrap platter


And as for the lettuce wrap half, there actually aren’t 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 need to stuff every little thing you see on the platter into each lettuce wrap!!

  2. Prawns – High with prawns and stuff the herbs down the facet.

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

  4. Then bundle it up and chew!

Vietnamese lettuce wrap bundled and ready to eat

And there you may have it. One other certainly one of my DIY unfold meals. I’m an enormous fan of those for gatherings! Take extra of what you want, keep away from the stuff you don’t. All the pieces could be ready nicely prematurely, piled onto the platters then stored within the fridge till you’re able to serve.

Bonus: It travels nicely. The truth is, I despatched the platters you see on this put up to my staff 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 every so often. (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 incredible DIY summer season unfold, a daily all by means of summer season in my circles! It is primarily a lower-cal model of Vietnamese rice paper rolls. The contemporary herbs and the peanut sauce are key right here! All the pieces else you may change: prawns for shredded hen, 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 hen (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 elements and put aside for the flavours to meld whilst you put together the platter. Begin with 1 tbsp lime juice and add extra in order for you 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 nicely.

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

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

Recipe Notes:

* Typically 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 all sides 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 concept for sauces. Combine nicely earlier than use because it separates if not used commonly. Can sub with peanut butter unfold however your sauce will probably be thicker with barely much less peanut flavour.
3. Low fats coconut milk is thinner which makes the sauce not too thick. In case you solely have full fats, that’s high quality, use 1/4 cup then high up with water.
4. Darkish soy is extra intense flavoured than common and lightweight 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. 
Diet assumes all of the sauce and vermicelli noodles are consumed, and half the pickles. You in all probability gained’t use all of the pickles however you’ll be high quality with that as a result of they final for weeks and weeks within the fridge!

Diet 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 yr – 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 commonly! Jeff is an enormous motive why folks 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