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Vietnamese Meatball Lettuce Wraps

  • Author: Nguyet Vo
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese


These healthy and low-carb meatball lettuce wraps are easy to make and easy to eat.


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For the meatballs

  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 6 scallions (white and light green parts only), chopped
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground turkey

For serving

  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled
  • Fresh cilantro and thai basil leaves, torn
  • 810 cup-shaped leaves from a head of bibb or butter lettuce


For the meatballs

  1. Prep pan. Lightly spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Prep seasonings. In a medium bowl, stir together the cilantro, scallions, water, fish sauce, sugar, and black pepper until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Make meatballs. Add the ground turkey and mix together thoroughly. Form the mixture into 20 meatballs (about 1 rounded tablespoon each). Place the meatballs on prepared baking sheet.
  4. Chill. Chill the meatballs in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Prep oven. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  6. Prep meatballs. Remove the meatballs from the refrigerator and lightly spray the top of the meatballs with cooking spray.
  7. Cook. Bake meatballs in oven until they are cooked through, 15-20 minutes, turning half-way through.

For serving

  1. Make sauce. In a small bowl, stir together the lime juice, fish sauce, water, sugar, and chili garlic sauce until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside.
  2. Marinade carrots. Using a vegetable peeler, cut the carrots into long ribbons. Toss the carrots with 4 tablespoons of the fish sauce mixture. Reserve the remaining fish sauce mixture for serving on the side.
  3. Serve. Serve meatballs with shredded carrots and fresh cilantro and basil leaves wrapped in the lettuce leaves. Spoon additional sauce onto the wraps, if desired.


  • Moisten your hands slightly with water if the meat mixture sticks to your hands too much while forming the meatballs. I prefer to wear food-safe disposable gloves. It’s less messy and your hands stay cleaner.
  • Recipe adapted from Milk Street.

Keywords: asian meatball, lettuce wrap

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