Asian style lettuce cups
larger imageMove mouse over the image to magnify

Asian style lettuce cups

( rating - rate this recipe)
Delicious and bursting with flavour, these Asian style lettuce cups are perfect served as a healthy lighter meal. We also like to use smaller lettuce cups to create bite sized tasty morsels, and serve on a large platter at the next Summer BBQ gathering. If you like to add a bit of heat be plentiful with the chilli.
<b>Prep:</b> 15 mins Prep: 15 mins
<b>Cook:</b> 15 mins Cook: 15 mins
Serves 4 Serves 4
Comment print



  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 500g Quality Mark lamb mince
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp ginger, finely grated
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes / chilli powder
  • 230g can water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
  • 2 carrot, grated
  • ¼ Tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 Tbsp kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 100g bean sprouts

To serve

  • ½ cup roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 12 romaine / iceberg lettuce leaves, washed and dried
  • 1 radish, finely sliced
  • 2 red cabbage leaves , finely sliced
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 lime, finely sliced
  • coriander

Asian Dipping Sauce

  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp chilli flakes
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar




Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Add the lamb mince and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up any lumps. Add the garlic, ginger and chilli flakes and cook until fragrant. 

Add the water chestnuts and carrot to the mince and cook, stirring for 1 minute or until combined. Add the oyster and soy sauces and cook, stirring for 2 minutes or until well combined and heated through. Remove from heat and add the bean sprouts and stir until just wilted. Taste and season if necessary. 


To serve

Place the lettuce leaves, cup-side up on a serving platter and serve immediately with the mince mixture. Garnish with thinly sliced carrot and red cabbage, spring onion, chopped peanuts and coriander. Serve alongside sliced avocado, radishes and Asian dipping sauce. Asian dipping sauce can be made by simply combining all ingredients in a jar and shaking. 
  • Suitable cuts
  • Nutrition
  • Tips & Tricks

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving size: 511g
Energy kJ (kcal) 2286 (546)
Protein (g) 37
Fat (g) 33
Saturated (g) 6
Carbohydrate (g) 19
Sugars (g) 15
Sodium (mg) 1717
Iron (mg) 5
Zinc (mg) 7
Vitamin B12 (ug) 1.4
Vitamin C (mg) 38
Selenium (ug) 5
Dietary Fibre (g) 10.3

  • Finely dice the coriander stalks and cook with the mince for an added depth of flavour. 
  • If you prefer the mince to be sweeter use 4 Tbsp kecap manis and no soy sauce. Kecap manis is a sweet soy cause that can be found in the Asian aisle of your supermarket.  
  • Water chestnuts are found in the Asian aisle of your supermarket. They add a nice texture and crunch to the mince mixture. 
  • Use smaller lettuce leaves to make bite sized lettuce cups. 
  • Use low sodium soy sauce to reduce sodium content

You may also like these recipes...

Simple Beef Ramen Bowl
Serves: 4
Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Suitable Cuts: Beef sirloin steak, beef eye fillet steak
Slow-Cooked Shoulder of Lamb with Late Summer Vegetables
Serves: 6
Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 2 hours 30 mins - 3 hours
Suitable Cuts: Boned Lamb Shoulder, Butterflied Lamb Leg
Lamb & Barley Soup
Serves: 8
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 2 hours
Suitable Cuts: Diced Lamb Shoulder, Lamb Neck Chops, Lamb Shanks
Lamb and Apple Cider Braise
Serves: 6-8
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 1 hour 30 mins
Suitable Cuts: Shoulder Chops, Leg Steaks, Diced Lamb




PO BOX 33 648
facebook twitterpinterestinstagram