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Sweet and Sour Pork in Lettuce Cups

Diane Cu and Todd Porter season the pork that goes into lettuce cups with an appealing mix of flavors, including lime juice and zest, fish sauce and honey.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 pound ground pork

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 1 head butter lettuce (6 ounces), leaves separated

  • Thinly sliced scallions, for garnish

  • Lime wedges, for serving


  1. In a skillet, heat the canola oil. Add the onion and stir-fry over moderate heat until softened and golden, 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the pork and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up the meat, until browned, about 3 minutes. Stir in the honey, fish sauce and sesame oil and cook, stirring, until no traces of pink remain in the pork, about 2 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat. Stir the lime zest and lime juice into the pork and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Arrange the lettuce cups on a serving platter. Fill with the pork and garnish with scallions. Serve with lime wedges.

Suggested Pairing

Fragrant, fruit-forward Austrian Riesling.

Contributed By Photo © Christina Holmes Published February 2014

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